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. A favorite at Opera San José, she has appeared there as Dame 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. Birkland’s repertoire also includes the title role of The Rape of Lucretia, Amneris in Aida, Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera, Dalila in Samson et Dalila, and Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. A graduate of the 2008 Merola Opera Program, she has participated in apprenticeship programs at Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Des Moines Metro Opera. Later this season, Birkland appears as Mary in Der Fliegende Holländer with Opera San José and Schwertleite in San Francisco Opera’s Ring cycle.