Nikola Printz, an artist and performer is known for their dark velvety voice, charismatic stage presence and artistic fearlessness. They most recently were seen playing the title roles of “elle” in La Voix Humaine with Magic Circle Opera, as well as premiering a song cycle by Jake Heggie, entitled “Intonations” at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, with members of the SF Opera Orchestra as part of the Violins of Hope festival with Kohl Mansion Music. Other recent titular role debuts include Orfeo ed Euridice ( West Edge Opera) Carmen (Opera Modesto) as well as Rosina, Cherubino, and Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri with Opera Memphis, where they spent two years as a company resident artist.
It was also in Memphis where they became an aerialist, training specifically in the Static and Dance trapeze medium- premiering a new act singing the final aria of Strauss’ Salome in a trapeze with (you guessed it) a severed head. Nikola was also seen at the Opera Modesto Gala in 2018 doing an original routine on dance trapeze singing “Meine Lippen sie Kussen so Heis” by Lehar with Orchestra.
Originally making their musical home in jazz and cabaret music, Nikola is well-versed in cross-over styles of singing. In addition to singing in such clubs as The Viracocha lounge, Yoshi’s jazz lounge, and Club 1923, Nikola also created the role of Velma Louise Cole in Boxcar Theater’s “Speakeasy SF,” an immersive musical theater production that originally opened January of 2014 until June 2014, a role they reprised in the summer of 2017. Nikola is also an avid performer of recitals and new music, having made two concert debuts with After Everything ensemble based in San Francisco, premiering and showcasing the works of composers within the last 10 years.
It was in 2020 when Nikola was slated to make their debut with the Merola Opera program singing the role of the Foreign Singer in Domenick Argento’s ensemble show “Postcard from Morocco”, however the program and production was postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic. During the Pandemic lockdown, Nikola made their home in creating their own music, recording countless self-produced and self-written songs, as well as participating in several workshops and virtual performances including the workshop of the new Coronation of Poppea modernized in english with Rock band accompaniment with Fort Worth Opera. Also contributing to a new recording of Erling Wold’s Little Girl Dreams of taking the Veil, and singing the role of Susan “stacks”, in Lisa Mezzacappa’s new podcast Opera “Electric Lover”. Nikola also participated in the BANFF center’s Opera in the 21st Century Module- focusing on bringing more diversity and equity into the opera world.
Nikola is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music vocal program in 2013, where they studied under the tutelage of Patricia Craig. They attended University of Memphis (as a dual resident program with Opera Memphis) to obtain their Artist Diploma in Opera performance. They currently study with Sheri Greenawald.
In addition to singing, Nikola frequents dance classes, having studied Flamenco and Spanish movement, hip hop, and modern dance. They supplement this with Yoga and Aerial Acrobatics, focusing their training at the SF Circus Center. In their free time, they study piano, listen to Nina Hagen and rides their motorcycle- for which Nikola has been featured in arts campaigns such as Arts Memphis in 2017 and Motorcyclist Magazine in 2019. In addition to performing Nikola teaches Voice, Ukulele, Piano, Guitar, Music Theory, Speech, Acting and songwriting as well as performance coaching. More can be found at www.nikolaprintz.com