Nikki Einfeld

soprano

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Critical Acclaim

"Soprano Nikki Einfeld's dramatic performance of Dallapiccola's difficult "Divertimenti" seemed almost second nature as she worked with the ensemble,”

— Sacramento Bee

 

 

 

“Soprano Nikki Einfeld tossed off Rossini’s coloratura Una voce poco fa with an accuracy and musicality that made all the aria’s florid runs sound easy.”

— Jack Neals Music Reviews, Nevada Opera

 

 

 

“Combining a bright lithe tone, pinpoint accuracy and a saucy stage demeanor, Einfeld sashayed through the aria’s fearsome roulades (O Legere Hirondelle - Gounod). She faced the ever-growing thicket of ornamentation without blinking, in a witty performance that seemed to invite the audience to laugh at the difficulties with her.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

"...a remarkable display of stratospheric pointillism"
(Queen of the Night ~ The Magic Flute, Canadian Opera Company)

— The Globe and Mail

 

 

 

“Pretty and petite, this lovely soprano was marvelous to watch and wonderful to hear. Her second scene aria ,Una Voce Poco Fa, is a Barber of Seville highlight, and she sang it not just flawlessly but gorgeously.” “Rosina” in The Barber of Seville.

— The Star Phoenix

 

 

 

“…Her performance has major career stamped all over it…Einfeld raced around Strauss’ cruel Zerbinetta aria, which she tossed off, seemingly without effort.”

— San Francisco Classical Voice

 

 

 

"...light and lyrical with well turned phrases...she handled the brisk runs and difficult intervals with impressive vocal agility." (Adina ~ Elixir of Love, Donizetti)

— Winnipeg Free Press

 

 

 

"...with the landmark performance of Nikki Einfeld in the title role...blazing, rock-solid, effortless bel canto - most impressive.” (Rita ~ Donizetti)

— San Francisco Classical Voice

 

 

 

"...a soprano of considerable range and clarity of voice..." "Her emphatic performance as Lucia is striking." (Lucia ~ Lucia di Lammermoor)

— The Post-Standard

 

 

 

"...dazzling...", "Nikki Einfeld demonstrated high-flying virtuosity in an aria from Donizetti's "Linda di Chamounix." (Metropolitan Opera Grand Finals Concert)

— New York Times

 

 

 

"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 (Télaïre ~ Castor et Pollux)

 

 

 

 

"...soprano Nikki Einfeld exuded sweet ecstasy in A Little Bit in Love (and) "jumped the acrobatic hurdles of Glitter and Be Gay (from Candide)" (In Concert with Pacific Symphony - Carl St. Clair Conducting)

— Orange County Register

 

 

 

"Soprano Nikki Einfeld sang Ophelia. Her Act II soliloquy, one of the most appealing numbers in the opera, was beautiful, though outdone by her Act IV mad scene, one of the best such scenes in opera."

— Ottawa Citizen (Ophelia ~ Hamlet)

 

 

 

"Einfeld was simply captivating: demanding the attention of the audience with her flawless vocals, and hypnotizing the masses with her coy aura of confidence and her demure—and yet somehow completely overwhelming—charisma."

— VU Weekly (Mabel ~ Pirates of Penzance)

 

 

"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 Sun (Susanna ~ Marriage of Figaro)

 

 

"high notes were the highlight with the plucky soprano Nikki Einfeld rendering the beautiful singing part of bel canto while handily hitting all the comic notes, too."

— CBC News (Norina ~ Don Pasquale)

 

 

“Cilli and Einfeld and Baker were all superb, with excellent diction, unforced beautiful voices, and a rueful sexiness to their performances.”

— Michael Strictland, SF Civic Center

 

 

“based on a novel by the Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese writer José Saramago, is a sort of love story between Death (here depicted as a woman and superbly sung by soprano Nikki Einfeld) and the cellist in question."

— Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

"Nikki Einfeld took on Diana with grace and fine comic timing. The role requires a fair bit of coloratura, particularly in an Act I aria where she lays down the law (sounding just a bit like the Queen of the Night), and Einfeld had the goods to bring it off. Her last aria, and the most emotionally freighted of the show, “Teco porta, o mia speranza” (Take my soul with you, O my hope), was beautifully done."

 Michael Zwiebach, San Francisco Classical Voice

 

 

"Diana gets the most daunting assignment — including a pair of electrifying bravura
showcases and a series of delicate emotional shifts — and soprano Nikki Einfeld rose superbly to the challenge, negotiating both the grueling coloratura and the expressive nuances of the role with ease."

Joshua Kosman, SF Gate

 

 

Nikki Einfeld, the production’s Gilda, gave a very strong performance, beautifully capturing the girlishness of Rigoletto’s love-smitten daughter. Vocally, she has exactly the right type of voice for the role — sweet, silvery, and with an ability to easily soar to the heights and project well into a large hall. “Caro nome” is one of the best-known arias in all opera, and she made the most of it here, giving the entire scene a playful, adolescent element frequently missing where other performances are merely sentimental. There was sentiment enough in her singing, but the humorous, playful element, frequently missed, gave the moment a dimension it often lacks. She was also a fine partner in the many duets this opera contains, especially the duet with oboe accompaniment in the third act.

Kenneth Delong, Calgary Herald

 

 

 

 

 

REPERTOIRE:
OPERA / OPÉRA

BRITTEN

Peter Grimes - Niece 1

 

DONIZETTI

Don Pasquale - Norina

L'elisir d'amore - Adina

La fille du Régiment - Marie

Lucia di Lammermoor - Lucia

Rita - Rita

 

DOVE

Flight - Controller

 

FLOYD

Of Mice and Men - Curly's Wife

 

HEGGIE

Great Scott - Tatania

Moby Dick - Pip

 

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel und Gretel - Gretel

 

IBERT

Angelique - Angelique

 

JANÁČEK

Cunning Little Vixen - Jay/Hen

 

LIGETI

Grand Macabre - Venus/Chief Gepopo

 

MENOTTI

The Medium - Mme. Gobineau/Monica

 

MOZART

Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Konstanze

Le Nozze di Figaro - Susanna

Don Giovanni - Zerlina

Die Zauberflöte - Königin der nacht / Pamina / Papagena

 

PASATIERI

The Seagull - Pauline

 

PERGOLESI

La Serva Padrona - Serpnia

 

PICKER

Delores Claiborne - Vera/Selena/Teen/Maid

PUCCINI
La Bohème - Musetta

 

RAMEAU

Castor et Pollux - Télaïre

 

ROHDE

Death with Interruptions - Death

 

ROSSINI

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Rosina

L'italiana in Algeri

 

SOLER

L'arbore di Diana - Diana

 

STRAUSS, J.

Die Fledermaus - Adele

 

SULLIVAN

Pirates of Penzance - Mabel

 

SHEARER

Howard's End America - Margaret

 

SCHWENDINGER

Artemisia - Abra

 

STARK

From the Field - Dorothea Lang

 

TCHAIKOVSKY

Pique Dame - Mascha

 

THOMAS

Hamlet - Ophelia

 

VERDI

Falstaff - Nannetta

La Traviata - Violetta

Rigoletto - Gilda

 

VREBALOV

Abraham in Flames - Fear and Doubt

CONCERT

BACH

Magnificat

 

BEETHOVEN

Choral Fantasy

Mass in C Major

Symphony No. 9

 

CHAUSSON

Chanson Perpétuelle

 

CHIN

Cantatrix Sopranica

 

DALAPICCOLA

Divertimento in quattro esercizi

 

DEBUSSY

Chansons de Bilitis

 

FAURÉ

La bonne Chanson

 

HANDEL

Messiah

 

 

LIGETI

Mysteries of the Macabre

 

MOZART

Mass in C minor, KV.427

Requiem

Alleluia

 

ORFF

Carmina Burana

 

POULENC

Gloria

 

WAGNER, M.

Four Settings for Soprano

 

ENGAGED BY:

OPERA

Calgary Opera
West Edge Opera
Canadian Opera Company
Opera Parallele
New Orleans Opera
Dallas Opera
San Francisco Opera
West Bay Opera
Manitoba Opera
Vancouver Opera
Saskatoon Opera
Green Mountain Opera
Edmonton Opera
Opera Lyra
Opera Francais De New York
Syracuse Opera
Fremont Opera

 

CONCERT

SF Symphony
Marin Symphony
Victoria Symphony
Pacific Symphony
Calgary Philharmonic
Berkley Symphony
Earplay
Mendocino Music Festival
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
Sacramento Choral and Orchestra
Empyrean Ensemble
Winnipeg Symphony
Davis Symphony
Peninsula Symphony

 

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