BiographyNicole 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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|Bach, J.S.||St. John Passion|
|Brahms||Ein deutsches Requiem|
|Debussy||La Damoiselle élue|
|Glière||Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, op. 82|
|Honegger||Le Roi David|
|Schubert||Mass No. 2 in G major D167|
|Szymanowski||Songs of the Fairy Tale Princess, op. 31|
|Britten||A Midsummer Night’s Dream||Tytania|
|Donizetti||La fille du régiment||Marie|
|Lucia de Lammermoor||Lucia|
|Maria Stuarda||Maria Stuarda|
|Halévy||La juive||La Princesse Eudoxie|
|Janacek||The Cunning Little Vixen||Fox|
|Lehár||The Count of Luxembourg||Angèle Didier|
|Mozart||Così fan tutte||Fiordiligi|
|Die Entführung aus dem Serail||Konstanze|
|Die Zauberflöte||1st Lady|
|Don Giovanni||Donna Anna|
|Le nozze di Figaro||Countess|
|Offenbach||La belle Hélène||Helena|
|Les contes d’Hoffmann||Olympia/Antonia/Guilietta /Stella|
|Poulenc||Dialogues des Carmélites||Blanche|
|Rameau||Castor et Pollux||Télaire|
|Rossini||Il barbiere di Siviglia||Rosina|
|Il viaggo a Reims||Contessa di Folleville|
|Saariaho||L’amour de loin||Clémence|
|Strauss, J.||Die Fledermaus||Rosalinde|
|La traviata||Violetta Valéry|
|Luisa Miller||Luisa Miller|
Fluctuation between great drama and colourful comedyAt 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.
Nicole Chevalier on the cover of "Opernwelt"Excerpt of an article about Reimann's "Medea" at KOB:
Photo: Maurice Korbel
Photo: Gunnar GellerPortrait
Photo: Gunnar GellerPortrait
Photo: Gunnar Geller
VideoLuisa Miller - Trailer (Staatstheater Kassel)
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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"