Mezzo Soprano Nicole Thomas, a “genuine and affecting” performer (Buffalo News), has shown herself to be a young artist of great promise. This summer, she looks forward to making both her role and company debut at Des Moines Metro Opera, where she will be performing Thalie in their upcoming production of Plateé. During the 2018-2019 season, Ms. Thomas made her debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic in their “Happy Birthday Gershwin” concert, conducted by John Morris Russell, where her voice was described as “warm and rich” (Buffalo News), and made another concert debut with the National Orchestral Institute for their Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Thomas covered Idamante in Mozart’s Idomeneo at Wolf Trap Opera, and returned in 2019 to perform Iseult aux Blanche Mains in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé. In the summer of 2019, she made both her role debut and company debut as Hänsel in Opera Saratoga’s production of Hänsel und Gretel.
In 2017 and 2018, Ms. Thomas was proud to be chosen as a studio artist at Wolf Trap Opera, where she performed excerpts from Ariadne auf Naxos as Der Komponist, Don Giovanni as Donna Elvira, and Così fan tutte as Dorabella. A 2018 Masters degree recipient at the prestigious Juilliard School, Ms. Thomas was featured in many different ways, including performing La Chatte and L’Ecureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, as well as being heard in a live-streamed master class with Joyce Didonato. Additionally, she performed in a recital for the New York Festival of Song lead by Steven Blier, and performed on WQXR's ‘Midday Masterpieces’ where her performance was described by the station as “the ultimate pick me up…it’ll make you feel like anything’s possible.”
Additional performances at Juilliard include the role of Fekluša in Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, covering the Stewardess in Jonathon Dove’s Flight, as well as scenes as Idamante in Idomeneo and Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She was also featured in a liederabend recital coached by Natalia Katyukova and a master class with Yannick Nézet- Séguin.
Other recent operatic roles include Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème, Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Dryade in Ariadne auf Naxos. During the summer of 2015, Ms. Thomas was chosen to participate in Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artist Vocal Academy, and went on to be a semifinalist in the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition in 2018. An up and comer in the competition circuit, she won the Nevada District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the recipient of an encouragement award at the Rocky Mountain Regional finals in both 2015 and 2016.
Ms. Thomas received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and is a proud recipient of the Novick Career Advancement Grant and an MM in Voice from the Juilliard School.