Soprano Nicole Keeling is originally from the South Plains of Texas. She was recently named a District Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season she will make her first appearance with Amarillo Opera as a guest artist for the Amarillo Opera Gala. Additionally, she will join the roster at Utah Festival Opera where she will cover the roles of La Contessa in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Sharon in Masterclass.
Her 2017-2018 season was spent as a Young Artist with Opera Colorado. During her residency she made her debut as Alice Ford in Falstaff under the baton of Maestro Ari Pelto, portrayed a female prisoner in the
world premiere of Gerald Cohen's Steal a Pencil for Me, and covered Mimì in La Bohème. Additionally, she appeared as Tisbe in Cinderella and Giannetta in The Elixir of Love, Opera Colorado's outreach productions.
Keeling completed her postgraduate studies at The University of Oklahoma, studying with Mark McCrory and coaching with Elizabeth Avery. In those two years she was the 1st prize winner of both the Benton-Schmidt Vocal Competition and the School of Music's Concerto Competition, the latter of which culminated in a concert of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the OU Symphony Orchestra. During her studies she performed two of her favorite roles to date, the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica and Tatyana in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.
She has been an apprentice with Opera Colorado, Music Academy of the West, Utah Festival Opera, spent a summer studying at the San Miguel Institute of Bel Canto in San Miguel de Allende, as well as a summer performing Lady Billows in Opera Breve's production of Albert Herring with director JJ Hudson.
Equally at home on the musical theater stage, she began her love of performing with the role of Queen Aggravain in Once Upon a Mattress. Other credits include Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Lucy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Lynn in A Grand Night for Singing.
Ms. Keeling's additional opera roles include Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Yum-Yum in The Mikado. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance and a BME in Choral Education, both from Eastern New Mexico University and an MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Oklahoma.