Nikola Printz

(They/Them) Nikola Printz, artist and performer is known for their dark velvety voice, charismatic stage presence and artistic fearlessness. In the past two years they've made several titular role debuts with companies such as Elle (La Voix Humaine, 2020), Ermelinda (Ars Minerva, 2019) Carmen (Opera Modesto 2019) Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice, West Edge Opera 2019) and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha with Shreveport opera in the fall of 2019.

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Nikola Printz

Nikola Printz is an artist recently hailed by SF Chronicle as “a gifted and inventive artist” for their spectacular Schwabacher Debut recital that kicked off the 2022 season for SF Opera to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. They most recently were seen as the titular roles of Dido (Dido and Aeneas) and Carmen as part of their 21/22 residency with Opera San Jose. Other recent titular role debuts include Orfeo ed Euridice (West Edge Opera) and Carmen (Opera Modesto), as well as Rosina, Cherubino, and Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. Nikola can be seen upcoming as the title role of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein with Pocket opera, Hannah after with Opera Steamboat as well as Oreste in Leonardo Vinci’s Astianatte.
Nikola is also an aerialist, training specifically in the Static and Dance trapeze medium—premiering a new act singing the final aria of Strauss’s Salome on a trapeze. Nikola was also seen at the Opera Modesto Gala in 2018 doing an original routine on dance trapeze singing Lehár’s “Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß” with orchestra. Since then Nikola has cultivated several operatic aerial acts sung and performed live, such as Carmen’s “Habanera,” Dido’s Lament, and such art songs as Strauss’s “Morgen” and Libby Larsen’s “Cowboy Songs.”
During 2020, Nikola kept busy doing virtual and recording projects alike. They sang on Erling Wold’s A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, and the role of Susan (“Miz Stacks”) in Lisa Mezzacappa’s new podcast opera, The Electronic Lover. Nikola also participated in the Banff Centre’s “Opera in the 21st Century” module—focusing on bringing more diversity and equity into the opera world. In the summer of 2021, Nikola participated in San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program, and was featured in the opera film Back Home: Through the Stage Door, appearing in works by Handel and Mozart. Nikola will be attending Merola for 2022 for their third year in the program, as a featured soloist in the Schwabacher Concert as well as the Grand Finale on the War Memorial stage.
Nikola is a 2013 graduate of the SFCM vocal program, where they earned their Bachelor’s degree under the tutelage of Patricia Craig. They attended University of Memphis (in a dual resident program with Opera Memphis) to obtain their Artist Diploma in Opera Performance. They have most recently studied with Sheri Greenawald. In their free time, Nikola practices and teaches Aerial Arts, studies piano and photography, goes cycling, and is currently learning ASL, as well as trying to encourage better representation and accessibility in the arts.

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