BIOGRAPHY

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In the season of 2021/22, Nicole Wacker is part of the prestigious Accademia Teatro alla Scala, where she debuted in their production of "Thaïs" as Charmeuse, as well as in "Cenerentola per i bambini" as Clorinda. In the season of 2022/23 she will be part of the children's opera "Il piccolo principe". In the Summer of 2022 she is to debut at the Bregenz Festival opera studio in the title role of Joseph Haydns "Armida".

 

Born in 1995 in Zurich, Nicole Wacker got first acquainted with classical music when she was six years old singing in the children's choir of the opera house in Zurich. 2013-2015 she was a scholar in the regional music programme for students with special talent and ambition for a musical career. That's also when she achieved first successes in regional and national youth competitions. Autumn 2015 she started studying classical voice in the Bachelor of Arts with Professor Christian Hilz at Hochschule der Künste in Berne. She graduated her Bachelor's degree as well as her Master of Performance summa cum laude.

 

2015-2018 she participated in the summer courses of Austria Barock Akademie (ABA), where she discovered her passion for early music, working with Susanne Rydén, Roberta Mameli, Mary Collins and Christian Hilz to name a few.

Other masterclasses gave her the opportunity to work with Dame Emma Kirkby, Christiane Oelze, Eric Schneider, Sophie Raynaud, and Michael Volle. In the category of Lied she was brought forward by Thomas Hampson, Martina Jankovà, Gerard Wyss and Ivo Kahànek. In the Accademia she is taught by Luciana D'Intino, as well as Pietro Spagnoli, Vincenzo Scalera and Michele D'Elia. She also had the opportunity to work with Gregory Kunde and Roberto Abbado.

 

The prizewinner concerts of the Austria Barock Akademie led her to the ORF Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, the early music winter Festival in Schwetzingen and the Queen Christina Festival in Stockholm. A special place in her work belongs to the venetian composer Barbara Strozzi, who inspired her to her own performance concept BarockBar. BarockBar was first performed in the beginning of 2020, before the Covid-19-outbreak, and was very well received. 

Autumn 2018 Wacker won first prize, as well as "Best performance of a piece composed by Clara Schumann" at the Kharkiv assemblies competition in Ukraine. With Jankovàs Masterclass she had the opportunity to perform Lieder by Britten and Fauré at the Rudolfinum in Prague. Benjamin Brittens Lied cycle "On this island" op. 11 brought her to the Gay Pride Festival in Berne as well as the Grande société de Berne. With great passion she also worked out the Mignon-Lieder of Schubert, Schumann and Wolf, that were subject of her summa cum laude Bachelor Thesis. 

 

September 2018 she had her stage debut as Konstanze in the Operella production of "The Entführung aus dem Serail". Another important role in her development is that of the Queen of the Night, in which she was supposed to give her official debut in the opera festival Munot which had to be postponed multiple times due to the Covid-19-Outbreak. She was a finalist in the "Olympic Voices" competition in Vicenza and came in second in the casting of the lead in Händel's opera "Alcina".

Other parts she studied: Pamina, Erste Dame (The magic flute), Ilia (Idomeneo), Alcina (Alcina), Elvira (I Puritani), Cunegonde (Candide), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). In the Accademia she is acquiring a higher coloratura repertoire such as Lakmé (Délibes), Ophelia (Thomas) and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) as a first Verdi-part.