2017–18 Season: Third Maidservant in Elektra, Schwertleite in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Mezzo-soprano Nicole Birkland made her San Francisco Opera debut in 2012 as Third Secretary to Mao in John Adams’ Nixon in China. More recently, she appeared as Third Maidservant in the Company’s Elektra. A favorite at Opera San Jose, she has appeared there as Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer, Mistress Quickly in Falstaff, Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, La Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Azucena in Il Trovatore. A graduate of the 2008 Merola Opera Program, she has participated in Metropolitan Opera productions of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, The Rake’s Progress, and Der Fliegende Holländer. Next season, Birkland returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Zauberflöte.