Acclaimed as a performer who "generates a special magic" (Brooklyn Discovery), soprano Nicolette Mavroleon is an exciting and versatile young talent currently based in New York City. She recently made her international debut performing Luis Bacalov's Misa Tango, a Spanish-language adaptation of the classic liturgical Mass to Argentinian tango rhythms, with the Sinfonietta Vorarlberg and the AmadeusChor of Küssnacht am Rigi, Switzerland. This summer, she will join Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a Cadwallader Resident Artist, performing the role of Musetta in La bohème.
Ms. Mavroleon received both bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School as a student of Marlena Malas. There, she sang with “the sweet tones of a Disney princess” (Opera News 2017) as the capricious Tina in Jonathan Dove's Flight, as well as Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Laetitia in Giancarlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, and Jennie Parsons in Kurt Weill's folk opera Down in the Valley. She also covered the roles of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
With her warm, soft-grain timbre and impressive agility, Ms. Mavroleon flourishes in early music. Last season, she sang the role of Nerone in Handel's first operatic masterpiece Agrippina in collaboration with Juilliard415 in both staged and concert versions. She has previously been featured as a soprano soloist in Bach's Magnificat in D Major and Purcell's Ode to St. Cecilia, both under the baton of renowned English conductor Richard Egarr. In 2014, she was the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at the Chautauqua Institution's famed amphitheater.
Also at Chautauqua, as a participant of the Music Festival, Ms. Mavroleon was seen as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La bohème along with the Music School Festival Orchestra. She sang in several chamber recitals and concerts, most notably a performance of Ravel's Five Greek Folk Songs with harp, and sung in the original Greek.
Fostering an affinity for new music, Ms. Mavroleon has performed several world premieres by contemporary American composers. She was a part of the inaugural season of a new, interdisciplinary laboratory for developing new opera called The Opera-Composer Collaborative Project, or OperaComp, with the shared hope of giving voice to the future of the American opera theater. In 2014, she sang the premiere of the complete song cycle by acclaimed American composer and Juilliard faculty member Wayne Oquin entitled A Backward Glance Over Traveled Roads, in collaboration with Juilliard and Texas State University.
During her extensive studies at The Juilliard School, Ms. Mavroleon participated in several masterclasses and residencies with legendary artists such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Renata Scotto, Roger Vignoles, and Steven Osgood. She also had the privilege of singing selections from Richard Strauss's Vier letzte Lieder as part of a Juilliard Lab Orchestra masterclass led by Alan Gilbert.
Ms. Mavroleon was graciously awarded several scholarships toward her education at Juilliard, including the Constance Goulandris Scholarship and the George and Marie Vergottis Scholarship. She was a Gluck Community Service Fellow, a richly rewarding program which offers interactive drama, dance, and music performances for residents and patients of various healthcare facilities throughout New York City. She is the proud recipient of a Novick Career Advancement Grant for 2017-2018. Additionally, she was the fifth prize winner of the 2017 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition.
Combining classical opera, salsa, and musical theater styles, Ms. Mavroleon will perform the roles of Alicia and Kasike in the North American premiere of Hatuey: Memory of Fire at Montclair State University as part of its Peak Performances series in September 2018.