Kerry Nicholson (soprano)

Kerry was born in Wollongong and began singing lessons at the age of 16.  Whilst completing her degree in Geosciences, she began studying with the Creative Arts faculty and won the Senior vocal division of the Music Illawarra Competition 2000.  She also sang the role of Vitellia in a concert production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito.  Kerry also sang as a soloist and chorister for the Wollongong University Singers and sang the Soprano solo in Faure’s Requiem for the Illawarra Choral Society. 

Kerry completed her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium.  During this time she travelled to Europe with the Chamber Choir and was the Soprano Soloist in performances of Bach’s St John Passion, Mozart’s Requiem, C.P.E Bach’s Magnificat andHandel’s Dixit Dominus with the Conservatorium Choirs and Orchestra.  These performances were recorded for ABC classic FM.  Kerry also gave performances at the Gulgong Opera House in a series of Music Matters Concerts.

In 2004 Kerry entered the Opera School at the Conservatorium. She performed the role of Fanchette in Offenbach’s Marriage by Lanternlight, conducted by Andrew Greene and directed by Cathy Dadd.  She also participated in the Ronald Dowd National Summerschool for singers of Opera, directed by Victor Morris.

2005 saw Kerry completing her Masters of Opera.  Her Masters thesis was titled “Exploring the constancy and fidelity of Pamina in Die Zauberflote and Anne Trulove in A Rake’s Progress – A Dramatical and Musical analysis”.  Kerry also performed the lead role of Celia in Haydn’s La Fedeltà Premiata with the Conservatorium Opera and Orchestra.  This production was conducted by Imre Pallo and directed by Cathy Dadd.  Kerry participated in the Ronald Dowd Summerschool once again.

In 2006 Kerry won the Australian National Operatic Aria Competition, the Ryde Operatic Aria, Oratorio Championship in Ballarat and was a finalist for the Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award.  Kerry sang Pamina in The Magic Flute and Dido in Dido and Aeneas with North Sydney Opera and also made her debut with Rockdale Opera singing Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.  She appeared as a guest soloist with the Sutherland Shire Choral Society’s Evening of Opera.

Travelling overseas in 2007, Kerry performed Konstanza in Die Entführung aus dem Serail conducted by Brahm Goldhamer, with Flagstaff in Fidenza, Italy.  Then she flew to Salzburg, Austria and performed Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with the Amadeus Opern Ensemble.  She also took up a Goethe Institute Arts Scholarhip for language study in Berlin and flew home via the States, where she was a guest soloist for the Los Angeles Mayflower Club.  Back in Sydney Kerry sang for the Savage Club, gave a Live Broadcast Recital for the 2MBS FM Young Performers Awards and was a finalist for the Opera Foundation Australia’s German Award. 

After her success the previous year, Kerry was invited to return to Italy in 2008 to sing Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Claudio Morbo.  Kerry won the Wollongong Operatic Aria, was a return finalist in the Opera Foundation Australia’s German Award and sang with the Opera Australia Chorus in Le Pêcheurs de Perles.  Kerry was the Soprano soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Philip Chu.

Kerry was accepted as a Telstra Wholesale Young Artist for 2009 with the rising opera company Pacific Opera.  Also this year, Kerry has travelled to the United States for career development, was a finalist in Opera Foundation Australia’s Lady Fairfax New York Study Scholarship and sang in Aida with the Opera Australia Chorus.

2010 will see Kerry based in Sydney where she will become a mother – both onstage, for Pacific Opera’s Hansel and Gretel – and offstage, with the birth of her first child due.

© Kerry Nicholson, 2010