BIOGRAPHY

Nicole Wacker was born in 1995 in Zurich and 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 instrument. 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.

 

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 and Michael Volle. In autumn 2019 she got to participate in a masterclass of the Jarmila Novotna Festival in Liten, Czech Republic, where she worked with Martina Jankova, Gerard Wyss and Ivo Kahanek and performed a final recital in the Rudolfinum in Prague. 

 

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. 2018 she was awarded the Grand ABA prize for extraordinary performance which will have her perform in concerts of the Austria Barock Akademie all over Europe for the next 10 years. 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. Qualifying for the swiss Othmar Schoeck competition in 2016 with highly appreciated Duo partner Mischa Kozlowski she also has a big variety of Schoeck Lieder in her repertoire. 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. 

 

Besides a large repertoire in early music and Lied she lays her focus on opera repertoire. September 2018 she had her stage debut as Konstanze in the Operella production of "The Entführung aus dem Serail". Also she is part of a young opera singer's collective called "WorkshOpera", where she got to perform the role of Queen of the Night in the interactive concept of the "RPG magic flute" and will be performing the part of Carolina in their production of "Il matrimonio segreto". She was a finalist of the Bologna International Vocal Competition in 2019 and is a prize winner of the casting competition of "Opernfestspiele Munot". She was supposed to give her official debut as Queen of the night in the opera festival Munot which had to be postponed to 2021 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).

 

2018 she got to sing two Lieder of Gustav Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" in an arrangement of Klaus Simon for chamber orchestra for a CD recording of HKB. She worked with Graziella Contratto and Frederic Angleraux from ADC sound. There are also two CDs produced by the regional music programme where she is featured on.

She graduated her bachelor's degree summa cum laude and is currently studying in the Master of Arts in Music Performance in Berne.

© 2019 Nicole Wacker

Fotos: 

Céline Stucki Photography

Christian Mattis Photography

Monika Jia Rui Photography

Photopera by Michèle Wacker-Weber