Hailed as “one of the most enchanting sopranos I have heard in a while” by Opera News, Nicole Haslett was last seen in the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions last month. She will join the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2014-15 season for its new production of Iolanta. This summer she performed at Chautauqua Opera in The Ballad of Baby Doe, singing Sarah and covering the title role.
As a 2013-14 Resident Artist with Portland Opera, Nicole covered Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. She is a former Gerdine Young Artist of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she sang Echo and covered Barče in Smetana’s The Kiss. Other recent performances include Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Opera in the Ozarks. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Haslett spent six weeks in Beijing with the I SING BEIJING program, a project where Chinese bass Hao Jiang Tian teaches Western opera singers to perform opera in Mandarin. The following spring, she was a featured singer with the program at Alice Tully Hall, singing selections from 白毛女 (Bái Máo Nǚ, The White-Haired Girl).
In addition to being a Metropolitan Opera Grand Finalist, Ms. Haslett is a 2012 Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition winner and a 2012 Career Bridges Grant winner. She holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music where she performed Florestine in Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles as well as Eva in Handel’s Die Shöpfung conducted by Kent Tritle. Her performance credits at New York University, where she earned her Bachelor of Music and won the Excellence in Vocal Performance Award, include Despina in Così fan tutte and Jennie Parsons in Weill’s Down in the Valley.