Monday, December 12, 2005

DECCA announces exclusive recording contract with Nicole!

Decca is delighted to announce the signing of an exclusive recording contract with Nicole Cabell.

Nicole's debut album will be a disc of arias in Italian, French and English with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis - one of Nicole Cabell's most important musical mentors. The album will be recorded in London at the end of 2005 for a Summer 2006 release.

"One of the most beautiful voices to have emerged recently. Nicole is going to have a wonderful life in music, and I personally look forward to hearing that special sound, many, many times…."
Marilyn Horne, November 2005

"I am extremely honoured and excited to be recording for Decca. When I look at the incredible list of Decca artists I am joining, I feel especially humbled and look forward to this wonderful new collaboration. As a young artist, I couldn't ask for a more amazing opportunity!" Nicole Cabell

"We are thrilled that Nicole has agreed to join the Decca family. She has style, beauty, class and what a voice!" Costa Pilavachi, President Decca. "When I heard Nicole I was immediately seduced by her glorious voice and stature. She is a major artist" added Chris Pope, Vice President A&R Decca who signed Nicole to the label.

Nicole Cabell shot to international stardom in June with a stunning performance which earned her the title BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005. Press reaction to her triumph at the competition was unanimous in its praise:

"… already has a faultlessly gleaming soprano, a technique with no loopholes, and bags of confidence. It should do no harm that she is also tall, slim and glamorous … whatever this soprano chooses to sing, her voice makes wonderful music with it"
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 22 June 2005

"… when Cabell opened that great smiling mouth, what we heard was liquid gold: the real thing."
Hilary Finch, The Times, 21 June 2005

Born in California, Nicole Cabell's first serious vocal studies were at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where her teacher was John Maloy (his previous students include Renée Fleming and Ben Heppner). It was her intention to continue her studies at the Juilliard School when she discovered she had been accepted into the training programme of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Cabell has recently completed three years at the Lyric Opera's Center for American Artists where her teacher was the Director of Vocal Studies, Gianna Rolandi.

Music Director of the Lyric Opera, Sir Andrew Davis, was one of several people in the company who thought of Cabell for a variety of roles — all of which helped her to develop as an all-round artist, giving her valuable stage experience and the opportunity to work with established stars. She entered the Lyric as an extremely promising vocal talent and has emerged as a genuine World-class singer.

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (founded in 1983) is now regarded as among the most important competitions in the World, with the final broadcast live to a global television and radio audience. Past prize winners include Bryn Terfel, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Karita Mattila.

In the first rounds of the competition Nicole Cabell sang works by Bellini, Mozart, Menotti, Ravel, Obradors and Dvorák, and went on to perform arias from Mozart's Idomeneo, Tippett's A Child of Our Time and Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini in the final — none of this typical competition fare. The selection of repertory alone is an indication of Cabell's integrity as a singer and of her musical maturity.

So far Cabell has sung a variety of roles in both opera and concert repertory that range from Handel to Mahler, Beethoven to Ravel and beyond. She recently made her Chicago Orchestra Hall debut in A Child of Our Time (with Andrew Davis); her European debut was in Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem in Rome when she sang alongside Thomas Hampson with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Antonio Pappano; and at the Ravinia Festival she has sung in Le nozze di Figaro with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Very recently a concert at Millennium Park in Chicago drew rave notices:

"Can any of today's name-brand divas bring such exquisite legato phrasing to 'Depuis le jour' as soprano Nicole Cabell?"
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 12 September 2005

Since her victory, the offers of further engagements have poured in. The coming season will see her as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Musetta ( La Bohème), and in concert repertory including Poulenc Gloria, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mahler's Fourth, and Britten's Les Illuminations.

Before Cardiff Nicole Cabell had already planned an audition tour of European opera houses and she herself welcomed this as an opportunity for further study of European languages and cultures. This is clearly one intelligent singer who, despite hitting such dizzying heights in Cardiff, has her feet firmly planted on the ground.

Photo Credit: Devon Cass

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Reviews of La Bohème at Michigan Opera Theatre

As Musetta, Nicole Cabell offered lots of Mae West sassiness and ravishing phrasing.
Mark Slater, Detroit Free Press

What's good about MOT's "Boheme" is very good, and it starts with soprano Nicole Cabell's electrifying Musetta. When Cabell sweeps into view in the Act II Christmas Eve scene in Paris' Latin Quarter, the stage lights up with a quality missing altogether in the opening act. Call it presence or charisma; it's a luminous spirit that seizes the imagination -- even before Cabell has sung a note. But when she does, notably in a brilliant turn through Musetta's famous waltz-song, the whole production rises to another level.
Lawrence B. Johnson, Detroit News Music Critic

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Recent pictures of Nicole

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Nicole with her accompanist, Spencer Myer

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Reception after Nicole's recital at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
From L to R, Spencer Myer, Mrs Evelyn Alexander , Nicole, Dr Livingston Alexander, President
of the University.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Nicole Cabell's Performance Schedule

September 19, 21
ROH Presentation at the Barbican Centre, London
La Juive (Eudoxie)

October 14
Sanders Theater, Harvard
Bernstein Tribute: Kaddisch Symphony, "I Hate Music", "Dream with Me"

October 19, 21
Oslo Philharmonic
Carmina Burana/Honey and Rue/Vocalise


October 26, 27
Mt Vernon Foundation
Patriotic Songs
Opening of New Hall
(Pianist tbd)

November 2, 3, 5
Minnesota Orchestra
Gorecki 3rd Symphony

November 29, December 1, 3, 5
Opéra de Montpellier
L’Elisir d’Amore (Adina)

December 15, 16, 17
San Diego Symphony
Messiah (Mozart Version; Soprano Solo)


February 3
Spokane Symphony
Gershwin Concert

February 10
New Jersey Symphony
Gershwin Concert


February 21
St. John’s Smith Square,
London Solo Recital
(Simon Lepper, piano)


February 23-March 10
Opera Rara Recording and Concert, London
Imelda de’ Lambertazzi (Donizetti)
Royal Festival Hall
(March 10)


March 19
Carnegie Hall, NYC
Poulenc Gloria
w/Orchestra of St Luke’s (Jessop)


April 12, 14, 17
Bayerische Rundfunk, Munich
La Bohème (Musetta)
W/Recording for DGG
(De Billy)


May 11, 12
Indianapolis Symphony
Opera Arias (Venzago)


May 20
Central Synagogue, NYC
Kurt Weill Concert


June 4-August 25
Santa Fe Opera
La Bohème (Musetta)

Please note: Schedule subject to change.

Nicole Cabell is represented by:

Michael Benchetrit
Columbia Artists Management LLC (CAMI)
1790 Broadway New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 841 9559
Fax: (212) 841 9557


August 19, 20
Pasadena Pops
Crossover Concert
(R. Woerby, cond.)

August 21
Martin Theater, Ravinia
Crossover Recital
(W. Kauffman, piano)


September 10
Lyric Opera Stars at Grant Park, Chicago
French Repertoire
(J. Mauceri, cond.)

September 17
Bradford, PA
Recital, All-American Program
(Spencer Myer, piano)

September 25
George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto
Tribute to André Previn:
"Honey and Rue","I Want Magic" + Jazz Selections tbd
(A. Previn and P. Oundjian, cond.)

October 26
French Consulate, New York City
Private Recital for Marilyn Horne Foundation
French and American Songs and Arias
(W. Jones, piano)

November 5, 6 (m), 9, 11, 12, 13 (m), 17
Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit
La Bohème (Musetta)

December 4
Montreal Opera
Annual Gala
(repertoire tbd)

December 8, 9, 10, 11
Baltimore Symphony
(E. Polochick, cond.)

December 17
Indianapolis Symphony
Classical Christmas Concert
(R. Leppard, cond.)

January 20
Solo Recital, Chicago
(E. Buccheri, piano)

January 27
Zankel Hall, New York City
Marilyn Horne Foundation
Annual Gala
Theme: "Americans in Paris"

February 8
Buffalo, NY
(program and pianist tbd)

February 25, 27
Palm Beach Opera
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)

March 24, 25, 26
Louisville Orchestra
Poulenc "Gloria", Beethoven 9th
(R. Leppard, cond.)

April 1, 3, 4

Nicole Cabell sarà la voce solista per la IV Sinfonia di Mahler e Les Illuminations di Britten. Sul podio dell'Orchestra di Santa Cecilia il gradito ritorno del direttore americano James Conlon
Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Mahler 4th, Britten’s Les Illuminations
(James Conlon, cond.)

April 5
Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Barcelona
Mahler 4th, Britten’s Les Illuminations
(James Conlon, cond.)

April 21, 23
Madison Opera
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)

April 27, 28, 29
Milwaukee Symphony
Shakespeare-Themed Program
(Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Porter)
(N. McGegan, cond.)

May 26, 29, June 3 and 9
Spoleto Festival, USA
Roméo et Juliette (Juliette)
More reviews

June 5
Spoleto Festival, USA
Mozart Mass in C Minor (Soprano I)

July 1
Ravinia Festival
Crossover Concert
(Conlon, cond.; Kauffman, piano)

August 2
Royal Albert Hall, London
Britten’s Les Illuminations
(Sir Andrew Davis)

August 6, 7
St Louis, MO
Crossover Concerts

August 11
Bard College
Franz Liszt Lieder

August 13
Bard College
Opera Aria(s) associated with Franz Liszt

August 18, 19
Pasadena Pops
Bella Vita (Mediterranean Program)

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

What the critics said

Winning the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff:

“At last the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World has landed a good catch. […] The winner was Nicole Cabell from the US. At 27, she was the youngest of the five finalists, and already has a faultlessly gleaming soprano, a technique with no loopholes, and bags of confidence. It should not do any harm that she is also tall, slim and glamorous. Not many young singers would have dared to serenade the line-up of judges at this competition with such esoteric fare - a solo from Tippett's A Child of Our Time, one of Ilia's heart-stopping arias from Mozart's Idomeneo and a nimble Gallic showpiece from Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini. But whatever this soprano chooses to sing, her voice makes wonderful music with it.
The judges said this was the closest result for years, but Cabell was surely always going to be the winner.”
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, June 22, 2005

The BBC Singer of the World competition has always been a testing week, but its extension to include a separate song competition has introduced an element of survival of the fittest. Thus, the emergence of the coolly accomplished American soprano Nicole Cabell as winner was predictable, her slender frame belying a remarkable stamina.
Crucially, Cabell's programme was more adventurous than most, with Mozart flanked by impassioned Tippett and a technically demanding aria from Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini. It was the joyful gleam of the Berlioz's final high cadenza that set the seal on her success.
Rian Evans, The Guardian, June 21, 2005

“Call it what you will — star quality, audience awareness, the wow factor — that, in the end, is what swings a jury. And when, at the weekend, they swung in favour of a 27-year-old American soprano called Nicole Cabell, there weren’t too many dissenting voices.

Cabell walks away with £10,000, a BBC and a Welsh National Opera engagement — and a memo, at the very least, in the diaries of opera intendants worldwide.

Earlier in the week, there had been murmurings. Cabell is from the Chicago Lyric Opera Centre, an institution not unknown to an erstwhile director of WNO. And she had already won a Marilyn Horne Foundation Recital. Horne was on the jury. And then, I suspect, there was the sour grapes factor: though it’s hardly Cabell’s fault if she has the glamour quotient of Shirley Bassey and Nefertiti combined.

When Cabell opened that great smiling mouth, what we heard was liquid gold: the real thing. Her finals programme, accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Carlo Rizzi, showed her sense of warm humanity, projected confidently within a technique strong enough to take it, in How can I cherish my man from Tippett’s A Child of our Time. Ilia’s aria Se il padre perdei from Idomeneo revealed Cabell as a stylish Mozartian. And she was spellbinding in her final cadenza from Entre l’amour et le devoir from Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini.”
Hillary Finch, The Times, June 21, 2005

Windy City Wonder Blows Away the Competition

… There can be little argument over who deserved to walk away with the first prize.
I didn't hear her during the heats, but, on the strength of her performance in the final, this year's laureate, 27-year-old Chicagoan Nicole Cabell, has dazzling star potential.
Her gorgeous soprano is rich and even, rising to a sumptuous top. Although she sings with a broad generous passion rather than a finely detailing brush, there were moments of spine-tingling beauty in arias from Tippett's A Child of our Time and Mozart's Idomeneo; "Entre l'amour" from Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini proved a harder nut to crack.
That she looks a complete smasher - tall and willowy, with a smile to die for - will do her career no harm whatsoever. Anyway, I can't wait to hear and see Miss Cabell again."
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph, June 21, 2005

At the Song Prize Finals at the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff:
"Following her rapturous reception by the audience for Concert 3 in the Main Prize competition, it was fairly obvious that American soprano Nicole Cabell would win equal approval in this concert. She is a striking figure on stage: tall, slim and beautifully groomed (hers have been the most elegant 'frocks' by far in the whole contest, for those interested in such things) she also has a voice of superb power and flexibility. Her programme consisted of pair of songs by Ravel ( Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, Nos 1 and 2) two pieces by Obradors (Canciones clássicas españolas Vol 1 Nos 1 and 6) and two items from Dvoràk (Gipsy Songs Op 55 No 4 , 'Als die alte Mutter,' and No 5 ' Reingestimmt die Saiten.') The unusual Daybreak in Alabama by Ricky Ian Gordon completed her set, complementing the same composer's Dream Variations, which she had sung in her Song Prize heat. The voice is certainly beautiful (faintly reminiscent of Renée Fleming sometimes) and she can do almost anything she chooses with it. This is what gives her such extraordinary audience appeal."
Bill Kenny, Seen and Heard, June 20, 2005

Nicole receiving her award from Dame Joan Sutherland.

Nicole Cabell, lauréate du BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Après Dmitry Hvorostovsky et Bryn Terfel (ex-aequo) en 1989 mais aussi dans la masse des lauréats, de Monica Groop à Hillevi Martinpelto et une certaine Karita Mattila, le célèbre Concours lyrique de Cardiff a couronné dimanche 22 juin Ms Nicole Cabell, une Américaine de 27 ans.Elle était la plus jeune des 5 finalistes. La presse anglo-saxone salue une soprano particulièrement complète, à la technique sûre et d'une belle assurance en plus d'une réelle intelligence et... (last but not least?) un certain glamour. Elle aura séduit le Jury avec "esotérisme", choississant d'interpréter un solo de Tippett: A Child of Our Time, une aria d'Ilia (Mozart, Idomeneo) et une autre de Benvenuto Cellini de Berlioz.Quelque soit le répertoire abordé, les critiques ont soulignés sa parfaite musicalité.
Lachlan, Opéra Passion

Nicole Cabell was stunning visually, and a beautiful elegant singer also. Who else could possibly have won this heat? Her diction was also very near perfect. The stunning diminuendo at the end of the Menotti aria was sensational. She made this second rate music sound wonderful..and how many singers can do accomplish that? She could be the new's somehow important that the audience should have an input. All the old folks on the jury know their stuff, but in the end, what matters is the singer's impact on the audience..that's what happens in the theatre. No one would choose John Tomlinson, for example, as a great singer based solely on tonal quality, but the impact he has in the theatre, his physical presence, his connection with the audience, exemplify what I mean. Having said that, I found the vocal quality of Nicole Cabell also very alluring. So I hope she goes far...
Roger D Bell

It was good to see Nicole Cabell sing Tippett (gloriously) and I think she has a fantastic career ahead of her.
David Harbin

As the Soprano Solo in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Chicago Symphony:

"The players and chorus were fully engaged in the effort; two of the vocal soloists — soprano Nicole Cabell and bass-baritone Christian van Horn, standing in at the last minute for Wayne Tigges — beautifully, atmospherically contributed to it."
Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune, June 4, 2005

"Soloists Nicole Cabell, Guang Yang, Scott Ramsay and Christian Van Horn, all members or alums of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, navigated their difficult lines well for the most part. Soprano Cabell and bass-baritone Van Horn, a last-minute substitute, were particularly strong."
Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times, June 4, 2005

As the Soprano Solo in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Florida Orchestra:

"Soprano Nicole Cabell treated listeners with her sumptuous vocals on a text of innocence and heavenly pleasure."
Kurt Loft, Tampa Tribune, May 22, 2005

As the Soprano Solo in Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia:

"The celestial flight of the Lied for soprano was given to Nicole Cabell, a young and beautiful American whose European debut this was; hers is an emotional and lyrical voice for this piece, but through her "wiedersehen" ("I shall see you again") touched by grace, the audience was left with sincere emotion."
Giorgio Pestelli, La Stampa, May 10, 2005

"The soloists were an extraordinary, moving and extremely well-controlled Thomas Hampson as well as a wonderful and most musical Nicole Cabell."
Dino Villatico, La Repubblica, May 9, 2005

"… The melting sweetness of Nicole Cabell…"
Pietro Acquafredda, Il Giornale, May 10, 2005

In the Rising Stars concert at the Lyric Opera of Chicago:

"Nicole Cabell, now in her third year at Lyric, has been a singer to watch from the very start. Her ample, agile voice has a satiny edge, noticeable even in the flirtatious flights of the aria "Entre l'amour et le devoir'' from Berlioz's "Benvenuto Cellini.'' In the Act II duet from Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Cabell's lustrous tone was a lovely contrast to the brighter, more silvery soprano of Lauren Curnow."
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times, May 2, 2005

Récital Opéra de Montréal Le Xe Gala:

Il est difficile, voire impossible de faire un compte-rendu complet et équitable d’une telle Odyssée lyrique. Retenons tout de même, du côté des voix féminines... la soprano Nicole Cabell, inconnue à ce jour, [qui] a chanté de façon admirable le « Chi il bel sogno di Doretta ? »
Jacques Hétu,, December 7, 2005

... Ceux qui croyaient avoir tout vu... ont eu des surprises encore plus grandes dans la seconde partie. Car le choc de la soirée a été bref mais intense, avec une autre soprano : Nicole Cabell, créature littéralement tombée du ciel, qui chante l'air de La Rondine mieux qu'Angela Gheorghiu avec des attaques pianississimo filées quasiment irréelles.
Christophe Huss,, December 5, 2005

Lyric Opera at Millennium Park, Chicago, Sep 2005

The big surprise of the evening was Nicole Cabell’s Depuis le jour. This young soprano really knows what this aria is about and her singing was simply superb.
Marc Musnick