Canadian-American lyric coloratura soprano, Nikki Einfeld, has been widely recognized for her “high flying virtuosity” (New York Times) as well as her “blazing intensity and ferocious artistry” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Recent highlights from the operatic stage include the title role in the world premiere of Death with Interruptions by Kurt Rhode and Curley’s Wife in Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men for Manitoba Opera. Other notable appearances include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera and New Orleans Opera; Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Mendocino Music Festival and West Bay Opera; the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor with Syracuse Opera and Green Mountain Opera Festival; Ophelia in Hamlet with Opera Lyra Ottawa; several roles in the world premiere of Delores Claiborne by Tobias Picker, Gianetta in The Elixir of Love, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with San Francisco Opera; Nanetta in Falstaff and as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Edmonton Opera; Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment, and Norina in Don Pasquale with Manitoba Opera.
A highly adept interpreter of a wide range of repertoire spanning from the baroque to contemporary music, Ms. Einfeld has made guest appearances on the concert stage with the San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, The Marin Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Empyrean Ensemble. As a champion of contemporary music she regularly performs premieres by modern composers and has recently been appointed a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Her collaboration with Left Coast, which recently yielded a 2016 Best Chamber Music Performance win from San Francisco Classical Voice, will further explore her love for the concert stage and the pairing of new works with traditional masterpieces.
Ms. Einfeld is a former Adler Fellow and Merola Alumna with the San Francisco Opera, and also received acclaim as a Grand Finalist in the 2006 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Recent and upcoming engagements include concert appearances with Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, a New Year’s Day Gala with the Victoria Symphony, La traviata with the Diablo Symphony, Westedge Opera’s L’Arbore di Diana, the Controller in Flight with Opera Parallèle and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Requiem with the Sacramento Choral Society.
|Gianetta||ELIXIR OF LOVE|
|Marie||LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT|
|Lucia||LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR|
|Floyd||Curly’s Wife||OF MICE AND MEN|
|Humperdinck||Gretel||HÄNSEL UND GRETEL|
|Ligeti||Venus/Chief Gepopo||GRAND MACABRE|
|Mozart||Konstanze||DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL|
|Susanna||LE NOZZE DI FIGARO|
|Königin der nacht/||DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE|
|Pergolesi||Serpina||LA SERVA PADRONA|
|Rameau||Télaïre||CASTOR ET POLLUX|
|Rohde||Death||DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS|
|Rossini||Rosina||IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA|
|Elvira||L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI|
|Strauss, J.||Adele||DIE FLEDERMAUS|
|Sullivan||Mabel||PIRATES OF PENZANCE|
|Mass in C Major|
|Mozart||Mass in C minor KV 427|
“Einfeld tapped into that source to produce a surge of vocal energy that was nothing short of galvanizing. It was an extraordinary display of theatrical commitment and vocal sophistication.” [San Francisco Symphony, Ligeti] San Francisco Chronicle
“Einfeld’s attention-starved, aspiring Hollywood starlet is simply names Curly’s wife. Her slinky nuanced portrayal brought prismatic colour to her tarty role, her wheedling the lusty chorus of ranch hands for sex made the ranchhouse hotter than a July heatwave. Her well-controlled flexible soprano voice impressed as she artfully shaded her dynamics of razor-thin, uppermost notes.” [Manitoba Opera, Of Mice and Men] Winnipeg Free Press
“None I think, could have foreseen the blazing intensity or ferocious artistry that Einfeld brought to her assignment. There are words to the piece, but they are hard to make out at the stratospheric pitches Ligeti requires from the soloist, and in any case, logic is both scarce and beside the point. This is music that is at once gestural and arcane, with an emotional fervency that seems to well up from some deep source in the body. Einfeld tapped into that source to produce a surge of vocal energy that was nothing short of galvanizing. It was an extraordinary display of theatrical commitment and vocal sophistication.” [San Francisco Symphony, Mysteries of the Macabre by Ligeti] San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kossman
“Her crystal-clear, lyric coloratura soprano has only grown stronger and more confident, with the perky performer flouncing about the stage during her opening cavatina Quel guard oil cavliere/So anch’io la virtù magica before her wheedling Via, caro sposino, replete with gravity-defying runs. Plus she swings a mean lasso.” [Manitoba Opera, Don Pasquale] Winnipeg Free Press
“High notes were the highlight of the plucky soprano Nikki Einfeld rendering the beautiful singing part of bel canto while hitting all the comic notes too.” [Manitoba Opera, Don Pasquale] CBC
“Trim and petite in her becoming military outfit, she was enchanting as the rough and tumble young woman raised by “22 fathers” – soldiers of the 21st Regiment of the Grenadiers. Her voice was pure feminine lightness, possessing a subtle buoyancy that, while not overpowering, had underlying strength and confidence. [Manitoba Opera, La fille du régiment] Winnipeg Free Press
“…a soprano of considerable range and clarity of voice…her emphatic performance as Lucia is striking.” [Lucia di Lammermoor] The Post-Standard
“Nikki Einfeld, in her Vancouver Opera debut, is so right for the part of Susanna that it almost seems like typecasting. With a pert presence, a fresh voice, and a real flair for comedy, she is a delightful singing actress with a rock-solid understanding of the ins and outs of her character.” [Vancouver Opera, Marriage of Figaro] Vancouver Sun
“Nikki Einfeld, as Télaïre, is the strongest singer here. She sang with a seductive passion in the first act, and with a melting beauty and purity of tone in both Castor’s funeral scene and the finale.”
New York Times
“Nikki Einfeld’s Rosina demonstrated supreme ease and refinement…her well-crafted notes – seemingly plucked out of the air, despite demanding intervals. Her flexible voice floated to dizzying heights and her patience with tempo was refreshing…A talented actress to boot, Einfeld had us smirking…She has a wonderfully expressive face and good comic ability.” [Manitoba Opera, Il Barbiere di Siviglia] Winnipeg Free Press
“Einfeld was simply captivating: demanding the attention of the audience with her flawless vocals and hypnotizing the masses with her coy aura and her demure – and yet somehow completely overwhelming – charisma.” [As Mabel in Pirates of Penzance]