She’s being hailed as the next Joan Sutherland.
Australian-born Nicole Car is singing the lead in Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’, the first ever co-production between Opera Australia and Britain’s Royal Opera.
Before turning to opera, Car started her musical training as a jazz singer. The 28-year-old soprano expressed the view that playing Tatyana is what dreams are made of:
“I took myself off to the art centre in Melbourne and went and saw Tosca and completely fell in love. Tatyana is the kind of role that you dream of doing and so when the opportunity comes up to sing her it doesn’t matter what else is going on you say yes. And take it with both hands,” she said.
The opera is directed by Kasper Holten, the highly acclaimed Artistic Director of Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House. He said he has great hopes for Nicole Car: “Her stage presence, her voice, she’s one of those singers who really has it all and I’m sure she’s going to go many places.”
The opera is based on Alexander Pushkin’s novel of the same name.
Nicole Car sings in Russian, and has won critical acclaim for her performance, with one reviewer praising her courage to "reach beyond her comfort zone, testing the limits of her abilities in a demanding role".
After Sydney in March, ‘Eugene Onegin’ moves to Melbourne from mid April.