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Seething with fury, Nicolette Book’s Elettra captured the drama and passion of her character wonderfully. Her rage aria was a triumph of searing high notes that brought to mind Mozart’s Queen of the Night.

-Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com

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Overview


Seething with fury, Nicolette Book’s Elettra captured the drama and passion of her character wonderfully. Her rage aria was a triumph of searing high notes that brought to mind Mozart’s Queen of the Night.

-Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati.com

Soprano Nicolette Book, of Rochester Hills, Michigan, is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Recent roles include Suor Angelica in Puccini's Suor Angelica, Cropper Woman in Ricky Ian Gordon's The Grapes of Wrath, Elettra in Mozart's Idomeneo, Hanna Glawari in Léhar’s The Merry Widow, and Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Nicolette is a lover of new music and has been able to workshop multiple new opera's in conjunction with Cincinnati Opera's Opera Fusion: New Works. Most recently, portraying Margie in Laura Kaminsky's Some Light Emerges, and Ann Mitchell in Daniel Catàn's Meet John Doe.

 

In the summers of 2016 and 2017, Nicolette performed as a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. She covered the roles of Cio Cio San in Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Mimí and Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème, and performed in the Center Stage Concert with the Saint Louis Symphony in scenes including Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Blanche in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Magda in Puccini’s La rondine. As a Studio Artist with Wolf Trap Opera in 2014 and 2015, Nicolette was seen as Gossip #2 in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles and La cugina in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, as well as covered the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen. She was seen in the scenes programs of both years including Nedda in Leoncavallo’s, I Pagliacci, Vittelia in Mozart’s, La clemenza di Tito, and Tatyana in Tchaikovski’s, Eugene Onegin. She is an alumna of the 2013 Houston Grand Opera Young Artists Vocal Academy.

 

A frequent performer for Cincinnati Opera, Nicolette has performed the role of Mother in Hansel and Gretel for a children’s concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and will be one of the soloists in Cincinnati Opera's annual Concert in the Park concert in 2018. Her concert works with the CCM Philharmonia include scenes from Der Rosenkavalier as The Marschallin, La Traviata, as Violetta, and Madama Butterfly, as Cio-Cio San. Other solo concert works include Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42, Handel’s Messiah, and Vivaldi's Gloria.

 

Most recently, Nicolette was awarded First Place, the Corbett Award, at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's Annual Opera Scholarship Competition, received Second Place in the prestigious Houston Grand Opera 29th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition, and was a finalist in the 2018 McCammon Voice Competition. Nicolette is a winner of the District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2015 as well as 2016 and went on to win the Regional Encouragement Award in 2016. Also in 2016, Nicolette won 2nd place in the Cincinnati Women’s Club Three Arts Competition. Other competition wins include 1st place in the Birmingham, Michigan, Live at First Young Artist Competition, and 1st place in the 15th Annual David Daniels Concerto Competition at Oakland University, both in 2013.

 

Nicolette is an alumna of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Roles during her time at Oakland University include Suor Angelica in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Fiordiligi in an English translation of Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte.