Nicole Birkland

Nicole B.

Napa, CA

Lesson Details

Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Students will learn proper breath and voice techniques as well as learn to sing in a variety of styles and languages.
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Nicole delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 80 and special needs

Teaching since:
December 2002

Mezzo Soprano, Nicole Birkland is a professional opera singer based in Napa, California. She has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and has been a young artist with Merola Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Ms. Birkland is a pupil of voice teacher Jean McDonald who she has been studying with for 18 years. She passes on what her teacher has taught her, while adding her own touch and personal experiences as a professional singer.

She loves to work with beginners who are learning to sing for the first time as well as experienced singers of all genres. She also has experience teaching choir and music from K-12. Ms. Birkland's experience and understanding of differentiating styles allows her to teach in any genre.

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Professional Opera Singer
Jun 2006 - Present

Principal Soloist with The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera San Jose, Fargo-Moorhead Opera and young artist with Merola Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Sarasota Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Voice Teacher
Jan 2002 - Present
Self Employed

Experience with teaching a variety of ages and skill levels.


Performance Degree
Aug 2006 - May 2008
Indiana University
Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2003 - May 2006
University of Northern Iowa
Bachelor of Music in Education
Aug 1997 - Dec 2001
University of Northern Iowa


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


3rd Place Winner
May 2014
Irene Dalis Compeition
Apr 2014
Richard Tucker Award


American Guild of Musical Artists
May 2009

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Photos & Videos

Metropolitan Opera debut as 3rd Lady in the Magic Flute. New York City, 2018

Performing Azucena in Il Trovatore by Verdi with Opera San Jose, February 2014.
Azucena in Il Trovatore by Verdi with Opera San Jose in 2014.

Soloist with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Liber Scriptus from Verdi's Requiem
Prince Orlofsky, Die Fledermaus, Strauss
Opera San Jose 2013

Principessa, Suor Angellica, Puccini
Opera San Jose 2013
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