Nicole Youl is one of Australia’s leading sopranos. She gained a Diploma of Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied singing with Dame Joan Hammond. In 1991, Miss Youl won the Herald-Sun Aria after which she travelled to London for further study. She was a finalist in the 1994 Placido Domingo World Operalia competition in Mexico City and won both the Metropolitan Opera Awards in 1995 and the Rome Opera Award in 1996. She also won the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards in 2002.
Miss Youl enjoys a growing reputation in the works of Verdi and Puccini – she has performed the title role in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia), Mimi in La bohème (OA, Opera Queensland, Paiz Festival in Guatemala), title role in Tosca (OA, Victorian State Opera), Leonora in Il Trovatore (West Australian Opera), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (OA) and Liu in Turandot (OA). Other roles include Elsa in Lohengrin (OA), Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (WAO), Micaela in Carmen (OA, OQ and WAO), Diane in Iphigenie en Tauride (OA), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (VSO), First Lady in The Magic Flute (OA) and Die Vertraute and Die Vierte Maid in Elektra (Teatro dell’ opera di Roma).
On the concert platform, Nicole Youl has performed as soprano soloist in Mahler’s 8th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the major Australian orchestras. She sang Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung and Tove in Gurrelieder for the Perth Festival, and Ortlinde in Die Walküre for the Sydney Symphony. Festival appearances include the Queensland Biennial of Music and the Coriole Festival.
In 2007, Miss Youl sang Leonora in Il Trovatore, Giorgetta in Il Tabarro and the title role in Suor Angelica for Opera Australia, the soprano solo in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and appeared in concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra; in 2008, she sang Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) and Cio-Cio-San for OA, performed Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with WASO and appeared in an Opera Gala for The Queensland Orchestra. 2009 engagements included Santuzza, Leonore (Fidelio) and Mimi for Opera Australia.
In 2010, Nicole Youl sang the title role in Tosca for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne.
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