Nicole Youl is one of Australia’s leading opera singers.
She was a finalist in the 1994 Placido Domingo World Operalia competition in Mexico City and won both the Metropolitan Opera Awards in 1995 and the Rome Opera Award in 1996. She also won the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards in 2002.
Nicole made her mark as a soprano in the works of Puccini and Verdi– she has performed the title role in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia), Mimi in La bohème (Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Paiz Festival in Guatemala), title role in Tosca (Opera Australia, Victorian State Opera), Liu in Turandot (OA), Giorgetta in Il Tabarro, the title role in Suor Angelica and Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (OA), Leonora in Il Trovatore (West Australian Opera, Opera Australia) and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (OA). Other roles include Elsa in Lohengrin (OA), Leonore in Fidelio (OA), Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (OA, WAO), Micaela in Carmen (OA, OQ and WAO), Diane in Iphigenie en Tauride (OA), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (VSO), First Lady in The Magic Flute (OA) and Die Vertraute and Die Vierte Maid in Elektra (Teatro dell' opera di Roma).
On the concert platform, Nicole has performed as soprano soloist with the major Australian orchestras in Mahler’s Symphony No.2 and No.8, Verdi’s Requiem, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Strauss’ Four Last Songs and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. She sang Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung and Tove in Gurrelieder for the Perth Festival and Ortlinde in Die Walküre for the Sydney Symphony.
Having now made the exciting move to Mezzo Soprano, where she started when a student, Nicole now relishes the challenge of another chapter to her story.
Nicole has performed as mezzo soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the world premiere of Gordon Hamilton’s The Trillion Souls with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Erste Mägd in Elektra with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Berrima Gaolbreak Opera in Concert, and Opera in the Vineyards at Ballandean for Opera Queensland. In 2016 she sang the role of Grimgerde in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (Ring Cycle) for Opera Australia.