Emerging Artist Profile:
Nolan Kehler

Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Tenor
Province/Territory: Manitoba
City: Altona

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Valère: Tartuffe

Jack: Into the Woods

Previous NUOVA Roles:

2017 - Jigger Craigin: Carousel

2017 - Pasek: The Cunning Little Vixen

2016 - Frankie Epps: Parade

2016 - Luiz: The Gondoliers

How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • Catching up on my sleep now, for starters. Learning music, obviously. Even more importantly, though, has been figuring out how to use my characters to develop my skills as an artist. NUOVA’s mantra for singers is that it’s not about what role you have, but that you learn. I’ve found this to be absolutely true; it’s not about padding a resume as much as it is using the roles assigned to you to develop yValeourself further. Going through the music has resulted in a checklist of development goals for me that I know NUOVA’s stellar faculty and directors will help me achieve.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • For me, NUOVA represents a test of my abilities and my ideas of who I am. No matter how ready you are for it, NUOVA demands a lot from you both physically as a singer and mentally as an artist. This can cause you to ponder what you want out of the performing arts, refocus your goals to places you’ve never thought of before, or else reaffirm your passions. All of the above have happened to me as a result of being a part of NUOVA, and the results have been different each time, since I have been a different person on the artist’s journey each time. This is why the NUOVA experience is worth having multiple times – you get a new sense of how you’re developing each time


o   Education: M.Mus. in Vocal Performance (in progress), University of Victoria; B.Mus. in Vocal Performance, Canadian Mennonite University.

o   Mentors/Inspirations: My teacher Ben Butterfield, Fritz Wunderlich, Ian Bostridge, Measha Brueggergosman, & Tom Waits, just to name a few!

o   Dream Roles: Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, Sam Kaplan in Street Scene, Werther in Werther, Leandro in La tabernera del puerto, André Le Tourner in Prima Donna.


Artist Bio     

Hailing from small-town southern Manitoba, tenor Nolan Kehler brings a passion and energy to the stage that is tangible and infectious for an audience. Nolan studies with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance. Nolan’s most recent stage performances include the title role in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival’s production of Albert Herring, and an appearance as Araldo in Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of Rinaldo. On the concert stage, Nolan made two appearances in the Victoria Baroque Society’s 2017/2018 season singing the cantatas of J.S. Bach, and with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir as the tenor soloist in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. A man of diverse musical tastes, Nolan moonlights as a drummer for a variety of indie bands both on stage and in the studio. Nolan is thrilled to be back for his third season with Opera NUOVA!