Nicole's Biography / Biographie (Deutsch)



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Mezzo-soprano Nicole Warner is best known for the chocolate richness of her voice, set in works such as Bach’s St. John Passion or Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 The Resurrection. In recent seasons Nicole has sung Bach's solo alto cantata Vergnüge Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle with the Bel Canto Chorus, Berlioz's Les nuits d'été with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Kaksi vanhaa suomalaista virttä (Two Old Finnish Hymns) by Olli Kortekangas, the Christmas Oratorio with the Bach Society of Minnesota and the Duruflé Requiem with the Bel Canto Chorus and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

In 2011 she also toured Argentina and Uruguay with the Bel Canto Chorus and the Texas Choral Consort for sold-out performances of Mozart’s Requiem and a large set of Americana. That same year Nicole again sang the Mozart Requiem for "9.11.11 United We Stand," televised on Milwaukee and Wisconsin Public Television. In the Fall of 2010 Nicole sang her Midwestern-region debut with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

As an independent artist, Nicole has sought challenging solo projects and so was the first singer ever to present the entire Vietnamese song-cycle Vang vang trời vào xuân (Spring Reverberations) by composer Cung Tiến. Her first commercial singles, Fly With Me, Maybe So, and Siana were released on iTunes and CDBaby in 2010.

From 2003 to 2008 Nicole resided in Germany and sang Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Kammer Sinfonie Bremen, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Kammerorchester Wernigerode, Mozart’s Requiem with the Musikverein Lippstadt, and Mozart’s Concert Aria Ch’io mi scordi di te? at the Amerikanisches Chorfestival Leipzig. She was also a member of the reputable Gächinger Kantorei, the professional choral ensemble of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart.
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Updated 1/31/2017.


Biographie (Deutsch)

Die amerikanische Mezzosopranistin Nicole Warner ist bestens bekannt für die Schokoladentöne in ihrer Stimme und ihre emotionale Verbindung mit den Zuschauern. Ihre sängerischen Fähigkeiten umfassen eine Vielzahl von Genres, von traditionellen Oratorien wie der Johannes-Passion von Bach bis zum modernen Repertoire wie dem Requiem von Duruflé.

Im Herbst 2010 sang sie ihr amerikanisches Konzert-Debüt, das Stabat Mater von Pergolesi, mit dem Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra unter der Leitung von Richard Hynson. Seitdem konzertiert sie regelmäßig im Mittleren Westen von Amerika als Solistin mit Werken wie Handels Messias, Mozarts Requiem, Mahlers Sinfonie Nummer 2, Bachs Weihnachts-Oratorium sowie verschiedenen Bach-Kantaten. 2011 unternahm Nicole Warner eine Süd-Amerika Tournee mit dem Bel Canto Chorus, wo sie in Uruguay und Argentinien in ausverkauften Konzerten Mozarts Requiem und andere Werke präsentierte.

Nicole Warner ist die erste Sängerin, die den gesamten Liederzyklus Spring Reverberations des vietnamesischen Komponisten Cung Tiến präsentiert hat. Mit ausschließlich vietnamesischen Texten zeigt sie hiermit die Vielfalt ihres technischen Könnens und sprachlichen Interesses.

Erste kommerzielle Aufnahmen hat Nicole Warner mit der zeitgenössischen Komponistin Catherine Dalton Ende 2010 bei und iTunes veröffentlicht. Während ihres 5-jährigen Aufenthalts in Deutschland sang sie mit der Kammersinfonie Bremen unter der Leitung von Friedrich Erdmann ebenso wie mit der Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen und dem Philharmonischen Kammerorchester Wernigerode, beide unter der Leitung von Burkhard A. Schmitt. Ihre Abschlüsse in klassischem Gesang und Oper erhielt sie am Augsburg College in Minneapolis, USA und an der Manhattan School of Music in New York, USA.

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Stand:  April 2016.



International mezzo-soprano Nicole Warner is best known for the chocolate richness of her voice and the unforgettable emotional engagement she shares with the audience. Nicole’s singing skill spans a multitude of genres, from oratorio to music-theater and from works-in-progress to opera. Most recently Nicole joined the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, WI and the Texas Choral Consort on tour in Argentina and Uruguay for sold-out performances of Mozart’s Requiem and a set of Americana, conducted by Richard Hynson and Brent Baldwin, respectively.  Said the Priest at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mercedes (Argentina):  “When you sing, every note is a prayer.”


In April 2011 Nicole was the first singer ever to present the Vietnamese song-cycle “Spring Reverberations” by composer Tien Cung in its entirety and sung entirely in Vietnamese. Another first, her first commercial recordings, Fly With Me, Maybe So, and Siana were released on iTunes® and CDBaby® in December 2010. Also, in September 2010 Nicole sang her Midwestern-region debut with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra singing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, conducted by Richard Hynson. Milwaukee’s Third Coast Digest gave the following review: "Warner’s hearty mezzo brims with caramel and chocolate richness."


In the 2009-2010 performing season Nicole was featured in a small role in Dominick Argento’s Casanova’s Homecoming at the Minnesota Opera and sang the Fairy #2 solo in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Hans Graf. In 2008 she joined Nautilus Music-Theater for the Composer-Librettist Studio to perform songs created in less than 24 hours and also sang her debut performance of Handel’s Messiah.


From 2003 to 2008 Nicole resided in Germany, where she joined forces with pianist Amy Wegge and developed the song program “Songs and Praise of Thanksgiving” specifically for a Hauskonzert for the American Consulate in Leipzig and for a special concert in the Großer Lindensaal in Markkleeberg (Leipzig) (2006, 2007).


As a soloist in Germany she also sang the alto solo in Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the Kammer Sinfonie Bremen; Mozart’s Concert Aria “Chi’io mi scordi di te?” at the American Choir Festival in Leipzig; Mozart’s Requiem with the Lippstaedter Musikverein e.V. and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen; and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio also with the Lippstadter Musikverein e.V. and the Philharmonisches Kammerorchester Wernigerode. During this time, Nicole was also an active member of the Gaechinger Kantorei, the choir of the Bachakademie Stuttgart, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.


In addition to studies of collaboration and Singer-Actor technique with Wesley Balk at Nautilus Music-Theater (St. Paul, MN), Nicole received a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music (New York, NY) in 2003 and a Bachelor of Music degree from Augsburg College (Minneapolis, MN) in 2001.


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