Originally from the South Plains of Texas, soprano Nicole Keeling is making her mark as an emerging artist in operatic and concert work. Upcoming engagements include a cover of Senta in Der fliegende Holländer with Santa Fe Opera, and headlining the spring concert for Big Spring Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Nicole workshopped the role of Euridice in Nmon Ford’s new house music opera, House of Orfeus. Also in 2022, she made her role debut as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin with Opera in the Heights and was the Soprano Soloist in Poulenc’s Gloria with University of Arkansas Little Rock. Her repertoire also includes the title role of Suor Angelica, Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Mimi (La bohème), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Lady Billows (Albert Herring). She has recently appeared in concert with Big Spring Symphony, Amarillo Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater.
Last season Nicole took part in the George London Foundation Competition, was a finalist in both the John Alexander and Lewisville Lake Symphony Competitions, and a semi-finalist in the Camerata Bardi International Vocal Competition. Previously, Nicole received First Prize in the Benton-Schmidt Competition, Vocal Artistry Art Song Competition, and the OU School of Music’s Concerto Competition. She was a 2019 Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
She has been an apprentice with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Colorado, Utah Festival Opera, Lakes Area Music Festival, the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto, and spent a summer studying under the tutelage of Marilyn Horne at Music Academy of the West. Nicole holds bachelor’s degrees from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s in performance from the University of Oklahoma.
2022 - 2023
EURIDICE - HOUSE OF ORFEUS
GUEST ARTIST - AS TIME GOES BY
Big Spring Symphony Orchestra
SENTA (cover) - DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER
Santa Fe Opera
June - August
APPRENTICE ARTIST SCENES
Santa Fe Opera
Nella - Gianni Schicchi - August 13
Vitellia - La clemenza di Tito - August 20