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The lyrical coloratura soprano Nicole Fiselier is known for her warm sound and understandability. Her interpretations are genuine and lived through. She has experience and feels at home with numerous styles from early to contemporary music. Next to singing Nicole loves to dance Argentine tango and bouldering (climbing). She is waiting impatiently for a production that would merge all her passions!
Nicole Fiselier started playing the violin at the age of four and sang in several children choirs. She received her Bachelor Degree in Classical Singing under tuition of Roberta Alexander. After that she participated in a course on acting for singers, called ‘Acting Opera’ and received vocal coachings from Marian Kuiper, Peter Nilsson and Brian Masuda. Nicole got invited to take part in the IVC Belcanto Masterclass with Masters Nelly Miricioiu, William Matteuzzi, Luca Gorla and David Parry. Next to this she received coachings by Noelle Barker, Nicholas Clapton, Margreet Honig, Emma Kirkby, Marjan Kuiper, Jard van Nes, Peter Nilsson and Carolyn Watkinson. Currently Nicole is being coached by vocal coach Ira Siff and pianist Mirsa Adami.
Nicole was often taken to opera’s as a kid and she still loves the way different art forms mingle in opera. She performed leading roles in ‘La Canterina’ (Apollonia, Belgium/Japan), ‘The Day After’ (Young Woman), ‘Mahagonny Songspiel’ (Jessie), Venus and Adonis (Venus), Bastien und Bastienne (Bastienne), heights of ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ (Susanna) and ‘La Cenerentola’ (Clorinda). She worked as a soloist at La Petite Bande, de Nationale Reisopera (RAP), Holland Opera and Muziektheater Hollands Diep. Repeatedly she has been invited by the festivals Opéra dans la Rue (FR), Opera aan de Schie and the Rotterdamse Operadagen. Nicole also likes to sing in contemporary opera’s and adaptations of well known works: She performed ‘The Day after’(Dove), ‘Blauwbaard’ (Meijering), Multimedia Vespers (Uijlenhoet/Hage), ‘Wie is Mignon’ (Wolf/Faber), ‘Zwanenmeer’ (Tchaikovsky/Idelenburg), ‘Dora, een liefdesgeschiedenis’ (Veen). As a freelance choir soprano she has been performing in ‘Armide’, ‘Entführung aus dem Serail’, ‘Gurrelieder’, ‘Lohengrin’, ‘Les Dialogues des Carmélites’, ‘Il viaggio a Reims’ and Roméo et Juliette’ at the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. At the Choir of the Flemish Opera she sang Verdi’s Requiem.
Oratorio and Lieder
Nicole feels that singing oratorio and lied repertoire brings her back to the root of music making. She likes to work together with the orchestra, conductor and colleague soloists. As a soloist she sang under the baton of Wiecher Mandemaker, Gilles Michels, Gijs Leenaars, Hein Meens, Danny Nooteboom, Wouter Verhage and Jos Vermunt amongst others. Her repertoire consists of the St Matthew and St John’s Passions, Haydn’s Schöpfung, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, Requiem and Exsultate Jubilate, Saint-Saens’ Oratorio de Noël and other works. As a choir singer Nicole worked with conductors as Frans Brüggen, James Gaffigan, Ton Koopman, Ilan Volkov, Jan Willem de Vriend and Jaap van Zweden.
Lieder and Chamber music
Growing up with her violin glued under her chin, Nicole feels most happy whenever there’s an orchestra or ensemble involved. She performed with early music ensembles La Petite Bande, La Chambre du Roi, Camerata Delft and Continuo Company. From 2010 Nicole has been performing with pianist Cathelijne Noorland as ‘Duo Ruby’. They have been performing at Opera aan de Schie, de Rotterdamse Operadagen, at the Muiderslot and Sloterkerk. Nicole likes to perform in less expected music styles; in 2012/2013 she was invited by the Indie Rock band Efterklang to sing backing vocals at their Piramida Concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden. During these concerts she shared the stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Modern Fantazias both led by Hans Ek and Sinfonia Rotterdam led by Matthew Coorey.
From 2005 Nicole teaches next to her performance work singing lessons and voice coachings. She has her own studio at home and has a practice of around 20 students. Next to this she worked at several music schools as a replacer and has given full year's voice building courses, also at several amateur choirs and music schools. At Theater Maatwerk, a professional theater group for people with a disability, she gave music lessons and voice building to the actors during a period of three years. Nicole’s lessons are inspired by Belcanto principles, EVTS, CMT and books like 'Singing and Teaching Singing' by Chapman.