Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Salzburger Festspiele, 2016 (detail) View full image

Nika Gorič

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Nika Gorič sings a Titania full of expression, enriched with dark tones: the Slovenian soprano really jumps out of the ensemble

Georg Rudiger, Opernwelt, The Fairy Queen, Salzburger Festspiele

Žuraj’s twenty-minute expressionist tirade of eruptive singing and playing is a bit like Pierrot Lunaire on steroids and laughing gas. Nika Gorič negotiated its demands with a virtuosic savagery that showed off her florid coloratura and impressive range...

Classical Source, Ubuquity, Philharmonia, Royal Festival Hall

Slovenian soprano Nika Gorič studied at the Ballet and Music School in Maribor, Kunstuniversität Graz, and the Royal Academy of Music where she completed her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp, receiving The Queen's Commendation for Excellence. In 2016 Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project singing Titania in a new production of The Fairy Queen after themes by Purcell and in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Malcolm Martineau and Dame Ann Murray. Nominated by the Salzburg Festival to take part in the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, she went on to win a recital at Vienna’s Musikverein.

Engagements during 2018-19 include a concert tour of China with Salzburger Festspiele, Gilda in Rigoletto with Scottish Opera, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie at the Opera Rara Festival, Kraków (dir. Sjaron Minailo) and her debut with the Karajan-Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker with a world premiere by Unsuk Chin; this will mark her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie and the Mozartfest Würzburg.
Recent engagements include Italienische Sängerin in Garsington’s Capriccio, appearances as soloist with the Australian Chamber and Slovene Philharmonic Orchestras, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with CBSO in Birmingham and at St. John’s Smith Square, performances at Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Usher Hall Edinburgh. Her recent Philharmonia Orchestra debut at the Royal Festival Hall London with Vito Žuraj’s Ubuquity, whose The Book of Bodies she created with the Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, shows her interest for contemporary repertoire and regular collaboration with living composers.

Nika’s roles include Norina in Don Pasquale (with Slovene National Opera), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Fortuna and Pallade in L'incoronazione di Poppea, both conducted by Jane Glover, Polly Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper directed by Walter Sutcliffe, Eurydice in Orphée aux enfers, Elisetta from Il matrimonio segreto, Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro and Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel. Whilst studying at the Royal Academy Opera, she approached the roles of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Adina in L’elisir d’amore, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Despina in Così fan tutte.

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie, Opera Rara, Kraków, 2019

Wigmore Hall, 2017

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Salzburger Festspiele, 2016

Donizetti: Don Pasquale, Slovene National Opera, 2016

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