Hailed as “one of the most enchanting sopranos I have heard in a while” by Opera News, soprano Nicole Haslett returns to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Sophie in Picker’s Emmeline and sings her first performances of Handel’s Messiah with the New Choral Society in the 2014-15 season. She also joins the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in the 2014-15 season for its production of Iolanta, where she sang excerpts of Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos and Nannetta from Falstaff on the stage during the finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She joined Chautauqua Opera this summer in The Ballad of Baby Doe, singing Sarah and covering the title role. As a Resident Artist with Portland Opera, she covered the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.
Ms. Haslett 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, with whom also performed selections from 白毛女 (Bái Máo Nǚ, The White-Haired Girl) at Alice Tully Hall the following spring.
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 Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles as well as Eve in Haydn’s Die Shöpfung. 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.