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Royal Academy of Music

Nika Gorič Soprano

Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2016

Slovenian soprano Nika Gorič obtained her BA from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, and completed her Masters degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music. She is currently continuing her studies with Royal Academy Opera under the tutelage of Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp.

Nika has been awarded the Regency Award for outstanding studentship, Clifton Prize, Helen Eames Prize and Lilian Eldee Award for female singers. Nika has previously been supported by the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, the Maria Callas Award and the Stanley Picker Trust.  In addition to an Independent Opera Voice Scholarship, Nika’s studies are generously supported by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Josephine Baker Trust. She was selected to be a member of the RAM’s prestigious Academy Song Circle.

Her operatic roles include Susanna, Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, Fortuna/Pallade L’incoronazione di Poppea (both RAO), Sandman Hänsel und Gretel and Elisetta Il Matrimonio Segreto. Most recently she has performed Titania Die Feenkönigin (Salzburg Festival) and Norina Don Pasquale at the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor. Nika has recently been awarded the Jury Prize of the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition 2016, organized by Michael Schade.

She has made appearances at the Maribor Festival under Richard Tognetti and most recently singing Mahler's Symphony no. 4 with Nicolas Altstaedt. Concert highlights include Händel's Messiah with Andrea Quinn (Opéra National de Bordeaux), Bach Cantatas on BBC Radio 3, Mass in B minor (St Martin-in-the-Fields) and Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music (CBSO). Other projects include Berg's Sieben Frühe Lieder (King’s Place), Liebeslieder Walzer with Graham Johnson (Ruhr Piano Festival) and an appearance at the Oxford Lieder Festival in October 2016, with Mark Padmore. In May 2016, following the public final at Wigmore Hall, she became a YCAT artist. Nika has been a young artist at both the Verbier Festival Academy and at the Salzburg Festival.

This biography was published in September 2016.