Biography

Nicole Chevalier studied music and voice, theater, and literature at Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.). In 1998, she received her Master’s Degree in Music and a Performance Diploma before continuing her singing studies at the Juilliard School in New York, simultaneously having guest roles at the New York City Opera. She completed her studies through participation in master classes and a stay in Italy (2000/2001) with performances at the Piccola Scala Festival in Milan and the International Opera Festival in Rome. Her first steady engagement was at Theater Freiburg, Germany (2003-07), where she was repeatedly nominated “Best Singer” by the international opera magazine “Opernwelt” for her interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor. She also won first prize as “Best Classical Singer” at the international Zeltmusikfestival. In Freiburg, Nicole Chevalier for the first time got involved with modern music, which led to collaborations with André Richard (SWR/Experimentalstudio) and Jean-Baptiste Barrière (IRCAM/Paris) as well as Kaija Saariaho in her opera L'amour de loin.

Furthermore, she frequently performed as a concert singer, e.g. at the Bregenz Festival under Kirill Petrenko with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Britten’s Spring Symphony, with the Freiburg Orchestra under Gabriel Feltz in Szymanowski’s Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess, and with the Staatsorchester Kassel under Patrik Ringborg in Debussy’s La Damoiselle Élue as well as in Arthur Honegger’s Le Roi David. She sang Verdi’s Requiem with the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Roberto Abaddo as well as in a CD-production with the Freiburg Bach Choir and Orchestra under Michael Beuerle. With the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, she could be heard in Britten’s War Requiem.

Before changing to Staatsoper Hannover in 2009, Chevalier was a member of the ensemble at Staatstheater Kassel, where she stays a most welcome guest; recently for instance as Margarethe in Gounod’s Faust and in the current season in the title role of Verdi’s Luisa Miller.

Until 2012, Nicole Chevalier was a member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover achieving huge success in roles such as Micaëla/Carmen, Contessa di Folleville/Il Viaggio a Reims, Gilda/Rigoletto, Konstanze/Entführung a. d. Serail, Marie/La fille du régiment, Marguérite/Faust, and in particular for her performance as Traviata in the much celebrated production by Benedikt von Peter.

By the end of 2010, she celebrated her debut at Volksoper Vienna as Konstanze. In 2012, she debuted with standing ovations at Staatsoper Hamburg in the role of Lucia di Lammermoor, and in 2013 at Staatsoper Stuttgart as Traviata (stage director: Ruth Berghaus). In 2015, she performed for the first time at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp in the role of Eudoxie in Halevy’s La Juive in the production by Peter Konwitschny, and in 2016 as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo, stage directed by David Bösch.

From the season 2012/13 on, Nicole Chevalier has been a member of the ensemble at Komische Oper Berlin, where she rapidly established herself as the audience’s darling in roles such as Offenbach’s Belle Hélène, Télaïre in Rameau‘s Castor et Pollux, Gilda/Rigoletto, Pamina/Zauberflöte (all directed by Barrie Kosky), Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni (Stage Director: Herbert Fritsch), and Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte (Stage Director: Alvis Hermanis). Currently, she performs to much acclaim the role of Rosina in Kirill Serebrennikov’s production of Il barbiere di Siviglia.

Already in 2012, Chevalier was nominated “Best Singer of the Year” by “Opernwelt” for her Traviata at Staatsoper Hannover as well as for the German theater prize “Der Faust”, which she went on to win in 2016; this time for her outstanding interpretation of all the female roles in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann.

Future engagements include the Lucerne (Traviata) and Vienna (Konstanze) festivals, her return to Komische Oper in the title role of Aribert Reimann’s opera Medea, with Massenet’s Manon to the Lucerne Theater as well as with Halévy’s La Juive to Vlaamse Opera in Ghent and Antwerp..

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Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. St. John Passion
Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem
Britten War Requiem
Debussy La Damoiselle élue
Glière Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, op. 82
Händel Messiah
Honegger Le Roi David
Janácek Glagolitic Mass
Mozart Requiem
Schubert Mass No. 2 in G major D167
Szymanowski Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess, op. 31
Verdi Requiem
 

Repertoire Opera

Bizet Carmen Micaëla
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream Tytania
Donizetti La fille du régiment Marie
  L’elisir d‘amore Adina
  Lucia de Lammermoor Lucia
  Maria Stuarda Maria Stuarda
Gounod Faust Margarethe
Halévy La juive La Princesse Eudoxie
Händel Herkules Iole
  Semele Semele
Janacek The Cunning Little Vixen Fox
Lehár The Count of Luxembourg Angèle Didier
Marschner Der Vampyr Malwina
Massenet Manon Manon
Mozart Così fan tutte Fiordiligi
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Konstanze
  Die Zauberflöte 1st Lady
    Pamina
  Don Giovanni Donna Anna
    Donna Elvira
  Idomeneo Elettra
    Ilia
  Le nozze di Figaro Countess
Offenbach La belle Hélène Helena
  Les contes d’Hoffmann Olympia/Antonia/Guilietta /Stella
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Blanche
Puccini Turandot Liù
Rameau Castor et Pollux Télaire
  Dardanus Iphise
Reimann Medea Medea
Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia Rosina
  Il viaggo a Reims Contessa di Folleville
Saariaho L’amour de loin Clémence
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Rosalinde
Verdi Falstaff Alice Ford
  La traviata Violetta Valéry
  Luisa Miller Luisa Miller
  Rigoletto Gilda
Wagner Das Rheingold Woglinde

News

Fluctuation between great drama and colourful comedy
At the beginning of the new season, Nicole Chevalier will be on stage in three different productions. Starting September 3rd, she will be singing Violetta Valéry/La Traviata in the production by Benedikt von Peter at Staatsoper Hannover (Performances: September 16th/28th and October 7th/11th) and from September 13th at the Lucerne Theater as well. (Performances: September 26th, October 21st/27th, December 15th and February 5th)
Also in Lucerne, Marco Štorman’s production of Massenet’s Manon celebrates its premiere, in which Nicole Chevalier will sing the title role for a total of six performances: November 12th/23rd/29th, December 13th/21st and January 14th.
After winning the Faust-Preis and following the sensational Medea of the past season, Nicole Chevalier returns to the KOB in the season 17/18. From October 1st until December 25th she takes on the title role in Barrie Kosky’s exuberant production of La belle Hélène. In this role she cannot only be heard on the Berlin stage but in Austria as well, when the production visits St. Pölten on September 23rd and 24th.

Latest

Nicole Chevalier on the cover of "Opernwelt"
Excerpt of an article about Reimann's "Medea" at KOB:
www.der-theaterverlag.de 

Press

 

Medea / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.05.17 / bachtrack.com


"die perfekte Wahl für diese komplexe Musik" 

Medea / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.05.17 /     Berliner Morgenpost


"eine Idealbesetzung für die Medea" 

Medea / Komische Oper Berlin / 21.05.17 /            der-neue-merker.eu


"der jungen Sängerin gelingt musikalisch einfach alles" 

La Traviata / Luzerner Theater / 03.04.17 / luzernerzeitung.ch


"Theater mit Haut und Haar" 

La Traviata / Luzerner Theater / 03.04.17 / srf.ch


"eine beeindruckende Tour de Force" 

Die Zauberflöte / Komische Oper Berlin / 01.11.16 / bachtrack.com


"ihr ganzes kantables Potential" 

Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Komische Oper Berlin / 08.10.15 / schmopera.com


 "glänzte in allen drei Sopranrollen" 
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