In Conversation: Nicole Cabell



Tanglewood (297 West St., Lenox, MA 01240)

Nicole Cabell, an internationally recognized lyric soprano, will have a candid, informal talk on life, music and the future of her field with the Tanglewood Learning Institute. The TLI will welcome conductors, composers, soloists and other artists this summer to share their work and their lives.

Cabell is the 2005 Winner of the BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and Decca recording artist, is one of the most sought-after of today. Her solo debut album, “Soprano” was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and has received an incredible amount of critical acclaim and several prestigious awards, including the 2007 Georg Solti Orphée d’Or from the French Académie du Disque Lyrique.

Her current season includes a return to the San Francisco Opera in her role debut as Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, performances in London and on tour in the United States with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle performing George Walker’s Lilacs, a solo recital with Cincinnati’s Matinee Musicale and concerts of Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Tucson Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Philadelphia Orchestra and with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago on the occasion of their 150th anniversary, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Rochester Philharmonic and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Last season she made her a debut with Opera Theatre of St Louis as Mary in William Grant Still’s Highway 1, USA with Leonard Slatkin, and gave a virtual performance of Britten’s Les Illuminations and of Lumee’s Aria by Ellen Reid with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among other performances.

Before that, she returned to Michigan Opera Theatre for Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, to the Boston Symphony for Poulenc’s Gloria with Andris Nelsons and to the Atlanta Symphony for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Robert Spano.

Cabell opened the previous season with her first stage performances of Bess in Porgy and Bess with the English National Opera to high public and critical acclaim. She also made her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Mimi in La Bohème before returning to the Minnesota Opera for Violetta in La Traviata and to the Cincinnati Opera for Juliette in Roméo et Juliette.

In concert, she performed a set of songs on texts by Langston Hughes at the Metropolitan Museum, sang the Mozart Requiem with the Cincinnati Symphony and David Robertson before joining Master Voices and Ted Sperling at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. In the summer she returned to Tanglewood for the closing concert of the season as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Giancarlo Guerrero.

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