"Nikola Hillebrand as Queen of the Night and René Pape as Sarastro with their impressive arias were the vocal highlights of the evening and lived up to the high expectations."
Sächsische Zeitung, Jens Daniel Schubert
The German soprano Nikola Hillebrand is praised for her bright, shining voice with a noble timbre, her lightness and sophisticated technique, and her heart-touching, charming presentation and her nuanced design.
Still at the beginning of her career, she has already sung at many leading opera and concert halls including Bavarian State Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and the Wiener Musikverein.
In autumn 2020 Nikola will join the ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden as a soloist and will be here in the major roles of her subject such as Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Konstanze (Entführung aus dem Serail), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) be experience.
Nikola is a passionate lieder singer. She is the winner of the international song competition “Das Lied 2019” in Heidelberg (jury chairman Thomas Quasthoff) and will make her debut at Wigmore Hall in London in February 2021. There will be a crossover between song and opera in February when Nikola makes her debut alongside baritone Florian Bösch at the Theater an der Wien with the music theater “Himmelerde”.
On her way to date, Nikola has worked with conductors such as René Jacobs, Robin Ticchiati, Jérémie Rhorer, Franz Welster-Möst, Alexander Soddy, Manfred Honeck and Stephan Gottfried. As a soloist in Beethoven's C major Mass, she will be heard again after her debut at the Musikverein with this work and the Concentus Musicus in Paris. Last year she could also be heard as a concert singer in the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Casino in Bern and in Berlin. Previous concert tours have taken her to the Laeizshalle in Hamburg, to the Mozart Week in Salzburg, the Music Festival in Bremen as well as to South Korea, Egypt and Oman, among others.
In addition to winning “Das Lied”, Nikola Hillebrand is the recipient of several international cultural awards such as the John Christie Award, the Arnold Petersen Award and the Theodor Heuss Culture Award.