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. This season, she made her Montclair Peak Performances debut performing the dual role of Alicia and Kasike in the groundbreaking Afro-Cuban/Yiddish opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire. She then joined Heartbeat Opera for their 5th Annual Drag Extravaganza Dragus Maximus, followed by a collaboration with the socially conscious new music group Ensemble Pi and one of the oldest, non-profit theater companies, Bread and Puppet, performing the works of Hans Eisler and Bertolt Brecht. In 2019, she will be the soprano soloist in several New York and U.S. premieres, including Colin Matthews’ A Voice to Wake (2004) as part of the Juilliard Focus Festival and Donald Grantham’s La canción desesperada (2005) with Cantori New York conducted by Mark Shapiro. She will also be returning to her native Monmouth County in New Jersey to sing the role of Musetta in La bohème with the Festival of the Atlantic at the Algonquin Arts Theater.
In the 2017/2018 season, Nicolette made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in both Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Fauré’s Requiem along with the New England Symphonic Ensemble. She also 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. She then went on to join Pittsburgh Festival Opera as a Cadwallader Resident Artist, where she performed the role of Musetta in a 1960s Andy Warhol-inspired production of La bohème.
Nicolette received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where she was graciously awarded several scholarships toward her education, including the Constance Goulandris Scholarship and the George and Marie Vergottis Scholarship. In Juilliard’s 2016/17 season, she performed the roles of Nerone in both staged and concert versions of Handel’s Agrippina and Tina in Jonathan Dove’s Flight. Other notable roles at Juilliard include Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Laetitia in Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Jennie Parsons in Kurt Weill's folk opera Down in the Valley, as well as cover of First Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Bubikopf in Viktor Ullmann's Der Kaiser von Atlantis. To supplement her studies, Nicolette spent her summers at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where she performed the roles of Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Musetta in La bohème along with the Music School Festival Orchestra. Along with her schooling, Nicolette served as 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. Upon graduation, Nicolette was the recipient of the prestigious Novick Career Advancement Grant for 2017/18.
In the competition circuit, Nicolette was granted prizes from the National Society of Arts and Letters (2019 Dorothy Lincoln-Smith Competition 2nd Prize), Metropolitan Opera National Council (2019 Regional Finalist), the James Toland Vocal Competition (2019 Semifinalist), the Elaine Malbin and Mario Lanza Competition (2018 Top Prize Winner), the Gerda Lissner Foundation (2018 Lieder/Song Encouragement Award), the Premiere Opera Foundation (2018 Semifinalist), and the Giulio Gari Foundation (Fifth Prize).
Nicolette was born and raised in Freehold, NJ, where she first discovered her love and affinity for performing through her public school music programs. She was accepted into the Drama program of the Freehold Performing Arts Center (FPAC), a noteworthy magnet program in her local high school district, where she was trained in acting, stage combat, dance, and musical theater style singing. At the encouragement of her teachers, she went on to audition for the Juilliard PreCollege voice program, which she attended every Saturday for two years in addition to FPAC and her academic studies.