© Christian Kleiner 2019
The German soprano Nikola Hillebrand was raised in Munich, Bavaria. She performs regularly throughout Germany and the rest of Europe and this season is part of the resident ensemble of Nationaltheatre Mannheim. In July 2017, Nikola made her debut at Bavarian State Opera as Azema in Rossini's Semiramide during the Opernfestspiele.
Nikola studied singing under the guidance of Professor Fenna Kügel-Seifried at Hochschule for Music and Theatre in Munich. During her studies, Nikola made her professional debut as Belinda in Dido & Aeneas at Theater Bonn and went on to play Papagena and Queen of the night (Die Zauberflöte) as well as Marzelline in Fidelio.
In the summer of 2015, she made her debut at Glyndebourne as Blonde in David McVicars new production of Entführung aus dem Serail. Nikola was invited to return to Glyndebourne the following season, playing Barbarina and covering the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro. She became the 50th recipient of the John Christie Award in her debut season with Glyndebourne.
Nikola also sang the part of Blonde with Jérémie Rhorer at Musikfest Bremen in 2015 as well as with René Jacobs at Mozartwoche Salzburg in January 2018.
As part of Nationaltheater Mannheim's ensemble, Nikola has gone on to play Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Così fan tutte), Oscar (Ballo in Maschera) Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), as well as the title role in Monteverdis L'Incoronazione di Poppea.
Her roles in the upcoming season in Mannheim include Marzelline (Fidelio), the Soprano Solo in Carmina Burana as well as her role debut as Gilda in Rigoletto.
Nikola feels equally at home on the concert platform. Her recent concert repertory includes; Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Haydn´s The Creation.
Amongst all the vocal disciplines, art song holds a special place in Nikolas heart. She enjoys paralleling the finesse and delicacy required for song interpretation alongside the extravagance and flamboyance of many of the characters she interprets on the stage. The composers of R. Strauss, Schumann, Schubert, Mozart, and Debussy can be found frequently in her recital programs.
Future engagements can be found here.