City: Medicine Hat
Role(s) in this year's festival:
Soloist in The Fairy Queen
Chorus in Much Ado!
Previous NUOVA Roles:
2018 - Mariane in Tartuffe
2018 - Chorus in City Workers in Love
How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?
This year I am preparing by watching productions of the shows I am in, learning the music and thinking about how I will take on my characters, both named and chorus. Reviewing all of my notes from last year will help with this immensely as well!
Also, buying new character shoes.
What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?
I had an amazing experience attending the program last year! I learned so much and made so many connections, both professional and friendships, that are so important in this age of music and opera! Being in a production at Opera NUOVA is such a neat experience; the level of professionalism of both the students and directors is astounding. This year I am so excited to focus on acting with the talented mentors who are being brought in specifically to NUOVA, and making more memories and connections with artists from across Canada! I also cannot wait for dance class!!.
o Education: B.Mus, University of Lethbridge
o Experience/Roles: Mariane in Tartuffe (Opera NUOVA), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (ViVace Summer Opera Workshop), Cathleen in Riders to the Sea (University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop)
o Mentors/Inspirations: Diana Demrau, Dame Julie Andrews, W. A. Mozart
o Dream Roles: Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Violetta in La Traviata
Originally from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Hannah Nickel grew up surrounded by music. Her parents supported her interest and love of the arts being musicians and singers themselves, and guided her through years of singing, piano, choir, ballet, synchronized swimming, and music theory lessons growing up. Hannah's love of singing and performing lead to her pursuing a Bachelor of Music at the University of Lethbridge, where she had multiple opportunities to sing with the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Medicine Hat Concert Band. Hannah loves going to live opera, theatre, concerts, and music festivals, but also finds immense joy in dancing, dogs, swimming, and chocolate!