she isNikola Printz is a young Mezzo Soprano rising in the Opera world. She most recently made her debut with Opera Memphis as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro. As a member of the resident artist program there, she has also sung Rosina in Barber of Seville and Edith in Pirates of Penzance.
Nikola has made many role debuts in the past few years such as Carmen (Shreveport Opera, 2015), Olga in Eugene Onegin (West Bay Opera, 2016) Lisak the Fox in Cunning Little Vixen (West Edge Opera, 2016) as well as Isabella and Zulma in L'Italiana in Algeri (Opera San Jose, 2014).
Originally making her musical home in jazz and cabaret music, Nikola is well-versed in cross-over styles of singing. She's performed in cabaret clubs across the bay area, including spots at Club 1923, The Viracocha Lounge and Yoshi's Jazz. She also created the role of Velma Louise Cole in Boxcar Theater's "Speakeasy SF," an immersive musical theater production that originally opened January of 2014 until June 2014. Nikola plans to return to the Speakeasy in the summer of 2017, reprising her role as Velma.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music vocal program in 2013, Nikola studied under the tutelage of Patricia Craig. Her scholarship continues at the University of Memphis in Tennessee where she is pursuing an Artist Diploma, as part of her residency with Opera Memphis, where she studies voice with Susan Leinert.
In addition to singing, Nikola frequents dance classes, having studied Flamenco and Spanish movement, hip hop, and modern dance. She supplements this with Yoga and Aerial Acrobatics. In her free time, she studies piano, listens to Nina Hagen and rides her motorcycle.
Renee Batti, Mountain View Voice, review of Carmen with West Bay Opera:
The dark palette Printz calls upon both vocally and in her acting draws out the menace of a reckless and dangerous woman. Her portrayal colors the story with undertones of destructive energy. This is not a Carmen whose actions might be excused as youthful foolishness. Printz gives a stellar performance in this production.
Adam Broner, Repeat Performances, review of Carmen with West Bay Opera:
Nikola Printz starred as Carmen, the Gypsy whose heart was as unfettered as the breezes, singing with a mesmerizing and earthy mezzo. There was a streak of cruelty in her freedom, in her faithfulness to her own heart. She inhabited a passion that was completely without compassion… but fiery! Her big top notes burned down into soft embers that penetrated right through us.
Charlise Tee, KQED Arts, review of Erling Wold's Uksus:
The talented cast, which includes both the inimitable soprano Laura Bohn as Fefjulka and the rich-voiced mezzo Nikola Printz as Our Mama (and in the last act, Stalin), performs the work's many duets and trios with precision and passion.
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, review of Cunning Little Vixen with West Edge Opera:
Mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz gave a silky, insinuating performance as the fox who winds up as Sharp-Ears' husband and the father of her kits.
Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle review of Vanessa with West Edge Opera:
...her singing was first-rate, a rich and lustrous combination of shapely phrasing and expressive urgency.
Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice:
...impressively rich mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz made a winning Mercedes.
Axel Feldheim, Not For Fun Only:
...convincingly ambitious and intimidating as the villain Polinesso. Her voice was commanding, and her low notes had strength.
edgeSF review of Speakeasy:
Nikola Printz serves up hauteur and diva hissy in generous and entertaining doses, she knocks her opera numbers out of the park..."
see herUpcoming engagements include:
Leonard Bernstein's Candide, singing the role of the Old Lady with Angles Vocal Arts at Cal State Los Angeles, July 20th and 21st 2018. tickets here.
A recital with the After Everything ensemble on July 2th, 2018 7pm, Berkeley, CA.
Opera Modesto Gala, performing selections from Carmen as well as a Trapeze act on October 28th, 2018 7pm, at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Ars Minerva presents Ifigenia in Aulis, singing the role of Agamemnon.
November 9th, 2018 (concert) at First Congregational Church of Berkeley.
November 30th and December 1st, 2018 at ODC Theater of San Francisco. details here.
Singing the title role of Carmen with Opera Modesto, May 3rd and 5th, 2019, at the Gallo Center for the Arts.