During the 2017-18 season, former resident artist NICOLE BIRKLAND returns to OSJ as Mary in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Other 2017-18 engagements include the role of Maid Servant 3 in Strauss’s Elektra in Fall 2017 and Schwerleite in Wagner’s Die Walkure, both with San Francisco Opera. She will also cover the roles of Erda in SFO’s productions of Das Rheingold and Siegfried in Summer 2018.
Other recent engagements for Ms. Birkland include covering the roles of the Third Lady (Mozart’s The Magic Flute) and Mary (Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman) for the Metropolitan Opera, and covering the role of Erda (Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Siegfried) for Washington National Opera and appearing as Suzuki (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly) for Fargo-Moorhead Opera.
During the 2014-15 season, Ms. Birkland covered the roles of Baba the Turk (The Rakes Progress), Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffman), and Sonyetka (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) for the Metropolitan Opera.
While a member of OSJ’s resident ensemble, Nicole Birkland appeared as Dame Quickly (Falstaff), Gertrud (Hansel and Gretel), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Azucena (Il trovatore), the Principessa (Suor Angelica), and Zita (Gianni Schicchi). Other engagements during the 2012-13 season included her San Francisco Opera debut as 3rd Secretary in Nixon in China. Recent performances included a return to Wichita Grand Opera as the Marquise of Berkenfeld in La fille du régiment and debuts with Opera Cleveland and New Opera Saint Louis as well as the mezzo soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra of Manila and the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette, Indiana.
In the summer of 2011, Ms. Birkland was invited to be a participant in the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices where she studied with Dolora Zajick. Ms. Birkland has been a participant in the Merola Opera program and as a young artist with with Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. In 2009, Ms. Birkland was named Semi-Finalist in Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition, was a Finalist in the Opera Index, and in 2007 was named a Regional Finalist – Iowa District in the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions.
A native of Moorland, Iowa, Ms. Birkland holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University.
For more information, please visit Ms. Birkland’s website.