English soprano Rachel Nicholls made her Royal Opera debut in 2001 as a Flower Maiden (Parsifal) and has since returned to sing Prilepa (The Queen of Spades), Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Pepík (The Cunning Little Vixen). She has also performed Philippa (Babette’s Feast) in the Linbury Studio Theatre, and in Insights programmes at the Royal Opera House with Antonio Pappano.
Nicholls was born in Bedford and studied at the Royal College of Music, where she won the President’s Rose Bowl. Further awards include joint second prize in the 2001 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. Opera engagements include Brünnhilde (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Longborough Festival Opera, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Senta (Der fliegende Holländer) for Scottish Opera, Leonora (Fidelio) for Bergen National Opera, Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) for NI Opera, Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) in Karlsruhe, Jenifer (The Midsummer Marriage) and Sieglinde (Die Walküre) for the St Endellion Festival and First Woman/First Fury (The Mask of Orpheus) for the BBC Proms.
Nicholls sings widely in concert in repertory including Verdi’s Requiem, the Wesendonck Lieder and the Glagolitic Mass. Her recordings include the B Minor Mass and Cantatas vols. 42, 44 and 49 on BIS and the St Matthew Passion on Sabra.