Nicole Car is one of the most outstanding young singers to emerge from Australia in recent years.
In 2015, she made her debut at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden — singing Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Micaëla in Carmen. Other engagements include Tatyana for Deutsche Oper, Berlin and The Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) and Marguerite (Faust) in new productions for Opera Australia. In 2016, she sings the title role in Luisa Miller and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte for Opera Australia.
After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, Nicole won the 2007 Herald-Sun Aria; she was the 2012 winner of the ASC Opera Awards and the 2013 winner of the international Neue Stimmen competition in Germany. Her major role debut occurred in 2009 performing Donna Anna in Victorian Opera's Don Giovanni.
For Opera Australia in 2011, she sang Donna Anna, Mimì in La bohème, Micaëla in Carmen and the Italian Singer in Capriccio; for the QSO, she appeared as soloist in Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem. Her work in Carmen earned Nicole her first Helpmann Award nomination.
Nicole's roles for Opera Australia since 2012 have included Mimì, Micaëla, Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute, Léïla in The Pearl Fishers and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. For West Australian Opera, she sang Donna Anna in 2013.
Concert engagements have included Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras; Das Klagende Lied for the QSO; The Last Night of the Proms for the TSO; Mozart’s Requiem for the Auckland Philharmonia, St John’s Passion for Sydney Philharmonia and a major programme of Strauss and Mozart with the Melbourne Symphony.
Nicole is in increasing demand as a recording artist — appearing as soloist in the Deutsches Requiem for the MSO with bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes (ABC Classics), as featured artist on Rule Britannia! for the TSO (ABC Classics) and as Micaëla in Carmen for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (CD/DVD — Opera Australia). A major orchestral solo recording is scheduled with ABC Classics for September, 2015.
In 2014, Nicole Car sang Mimì, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia and Adalgisa in Norma for Victorian Opera. She also made her American debut as The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for Dallas Opera.