Performance Year: 2022, 2023
Universally acclaimed for her velvety timbre and finely nuanced interpretations, American soprano Nicole Cabell continues to demonstrate her incredible versatility in repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary on the world’s greatest opera and concert stages.
Cabell’s opera credits include the title role in Handel’s Alcina (Grand Théâtre de Genève), Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème (Paris Opera, Cincinnati Opera), Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (Cincinnati Opera), Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata (Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Michigan Opera Theater), Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grand Théâtre de Genève), Juliette in Romeo et Juliette (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Atlanta Opera), Giulietta in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (San Francisco Opera, Washington Concert Opera), Micaëla in Carmen (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin), Leila in Les Pecheurs des Perles (Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Royal Opera House), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Deutsche Opera Berlin, Cologne Opera, New National Theater Tokyo), and Musetta in La bohème (Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Santa Fe Opera, Washington National Opera).
In concert, Ms. Cabell made her Paris debut in Poulenc’s Stabat mater, performed several times in Spain with the Orquesta de Galicia in a Barber/Mahler program, and appeared on tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Poulenc’s Gloria. In London, she was heard with the RPO on the same Poulenc piece as well as with the BBC Orchestra in Elgar’s The Apostles under the baton of Sir Andrew Davis. Further concert appearances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop, a Barber/Brahms program in Nashville with Giancarlo Guerrero, and an evening of French opera arias and duets with Stephen Costello at the Lyric Opera of Baltimore. Cabell recently debuted with three major orchestras: the New York Philharmonic in opera aria concerts in New York and in Vail with Bramwell Tovey, the Boston Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Kurt Masur, and in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem with the Cleveland Orchestra. She returned to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Markus Stenz and sang Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Singapore Symphony and the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome. Ms. Cabell was a featured soloist in Ravinia’s all-Gershwin concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Alan Miller, and she participated in Ravinia’s opening day concert accompanied by Welz Kauffman. Ms. Cabell has appeared as a soloist in Chicago’s Grant Park Festival and Lyric Opera Center for American Artists Rising Stars in Concert. She has also appeared frequently with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Cabell’s awards include winner of the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and first place in both the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition and the Women’s Board of Chicago Vocal Competition. She was a semi-finalist in the 2005 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and earned first place in the American Opera Society competition in Chicago. She was the 2002 winner of the Union League’s Rose M. Grundman Scholarship and the 2002 Farwell Award with the Woman’s Board of Chicago. Nicole Cabell holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music.