Opera Superstar Nicole Car hits all the right notes in Luisa Miller
Nicole Car is coming home. Australia’s rising opera star, born and raised in Essendon, hasn’t been back to Melbourne for almost two years – but what a way to return: the soprano is playing the lead in a new production of Verdi’s opera Luisa Miller, then visiting her parents at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula.
She began singing lessons at eight after piano lessons. “I was really shy. I hated singing in front of people, but I loved singing.”
Her school, Strathmore Secondary, had an excellent music program: she played clarinet and sang in choirs.
Was it hard to then go up front? “No,” she says with a laugh. “I always wanted to be up front!”
Nicole performed in high school musicals, playing ambitious actor Serena in Fame, for instance. “I was never the bad girl; always the ingenue.”
Photo: Michael Amendolia
In year 12, she performed at the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, singing songs from the 1930s and 40s.
“My voice started to develop this vibrato, and the singing director said: ‘Maybe you should consider classical music’.”
At 17, Nicole watched the late Deborah Riedel perform Tosca at the Arts Centre. “It was the first time I’d ever heard classical,” she says.
“I knew then and there that was what I was supposed to be doing.” Three months later, she enrolled to study classical music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Luisa Miller, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, May 16 to 27.
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Watch: Nicole singing Si, mi chiamano Mimì from La Bohème.