Biography

Slovenian soprano Nika Gorič studied at the Ballet and Music School in Maribor, University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz and the Royal Academy of Music, London where she completed her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp, receiving the Regency Award in 2015 (whose industry and achievement were consistently of the highest calibre during their time at the Academy) and The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence in 2017 – for the best all-round student of the year. In 2019 she was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (Awarded to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession).

Nika’s roles include Norina in Don Pasquale, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Susanna and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Gilda in Rigoletto, Aricie in Hippolyte et Aricie, Italienische Sängerin in Capriccio, Titania in The Fairy Queen, Eurydice in Orphée aux enfers, Polly Peachum in Die Dreigroschenoper, Fortuna and Pallade in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto, Sandmännchen in Hänsel und Gretel. In concert versions she performed as Abra in Juditha Triumphans, Dido in Dido and Aeneas and most recently as Amore in Orfeo ed Euridice

Concert highlights includes Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Festival Hall London, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, where she has recently performed with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg (Carlos Miguel Prieto), Karajan-Akademie of the Berliner Philharmoniker (Pablo Heras-Casado), Philharmonia Orchestra (Joana Mallwitz), Australian Chamber Orchestra (Richard Tognetti) and alongside CBSO, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera Orchestra, Kraków Festival Orchestra, and others. She has most recently performed Berg’s 7 frühe Lieder and Mahler Symphony no.4 with Slovenia Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Philipp von Steinaecker.

On the recital platform, she was a member of the Royal Academy Song Circle and a soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series. She gave recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Midsummer Music, Oxford Lieder, Leeds Lieder Festivals. She took part in a staged production of Handel’s Messiah with Opéra National de Bordeaux. Highlights include the Klavier Festival Ruhr with Graham Johnson, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Kings Place in London.

Her upcoming projects include performing the role of Christel in Zeller’s Der Vogelhändler at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt. She will also be singing at the Festival Ljubljana in a concert with Mahler Symphony no.4 and newly arranged songs by Hugo Wolf conducted by Marko Letonja. During the summer Nika will be a guest artist at the Festival de Bellerive in Geneva and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. 

Nika was a young artist at the Salzburg Festival, Verbier Festival, Solti Accademia and an Independent Opera scholar. 

Nika is grateful for the support from YCAT, Sir Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, Independent Opera Voice Scholarship, Josephine Baker Trust, Solti Accademia,Verbier Festival Academy and Slovenian Ministry of Culture during her studies.

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…Als Gegenwartsmusik werden „Puzzles and Games“ von Unsuk Chin mit viel Applaus bedacht, da sich in Nika Goric eine Meisterin aller Stile mit hellem Sopran für Glissando, Katzen-Miau und Rap einsetzt. Das sind Songs aus Chins Münchner Opernerfolg „Alice in Wonderland“.
Tagesspiegel, Sybill Mahlke/ Berliner Philharmonie – Die Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker unter Pablo Heras-Casado – Unsuk Chin ‘Puzzles and Games’ / June 2019

…Solistin dieser Urauführung der Ensemblefassung im Auftrag des
Mozartfests war Nika Goric. Mit phänomenaler Wandlungsfähigkeit und schauspielerischer Gestik durchstreifte die Sopranistin lautmalerisch die musikalische Palette vom Katzengejaule über stotternde Wortfetzen, witzige Schnellsprecheinlagen bis zum „lautesten Wiegenlied aller Zeiten”, bei dem ein Müll-Schlagzeug lärmende Beigabe ist.
Main Post, Armin Rausche / Mozartfest Würzburg – Die Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker unter Pablo Heras-Casado – Unsuk Chin ‘Puzzles and Games’ / June 2019

“Izstopala je gotovo tudi sopranistka Nika Gorič, ki ima tehnično izpopolnjen glas (slabše so zvenele nižine, kar je morda posledica akustike), s katerim lahko dosega nebeške višine in eterično pobarvane tone. V izvedbi Boccherinija in drugi večer tudi Johanna Christiana Bacha se je dokazala z vokalno čistostjo in tudi izrazitimi poizkusi vživljanja v ekspresivne momente glasbe,…”
Dnevnik, Gregor Pompe / Belcanto, Lamento – Festival Ljubljana / August 2018

…and the Italian Soprano, soaringly sung by promising newcomer Nika Gorič, caps the lines beautifully with her drunken observations.
The Arts Desk, David Nice / Garsington Opera – Capriccio / June 2018

“Nika Goric and Caspar Singh are the delightful Italian singers”
The Epoch Times, Robert Hughill / Garsington Opera – Capriccio / June 2018

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 / April 2018

Nika Gorič delivered Polly’s defiant ‘Barbara Song’ with bright-toned vigour.
Opera Magazine / The Threepenny Opera RAO / July 2017

Nika Gorič made a fresh-voiced, very pretty Polly and she achieved a better mix of sweetness and sardonic edge, especially in the ‘Barbara-Song’.
Bachtrack / The Threepenny Opera RAO / June 2017

Stimmkraft plus Eleganz
…. setzte die Slowenin Nika Goric fort, die ihren so klug den Text ausdeutenden wie betörend geführten Sopran der Ilia aus Mozarts Idomeneo lieh. Auch Mimik und Gestik sind so wohl dosiert wie passgenau eingesetzt, und es fallen einem gleich ein paar Rollen ein, in der man diese Sängerin gerne hören würde (Pamina!). Aufs schönste mischte sich ihre Stimme auch mit dem später hinzutretenden angenehmen Mezzo…
Die Presse / YSP Abschlusskonzert / August 2016

Und zwischendurch wurde die Arienfolge mit Duetten aufgelockert, etwa dem aus „Idomeneo“ mit der stimmlich und als Erscheinung bezaubernden slowenischen Sopranistin Nika Gorič.
GOTTFRIED FRANZ KASPAREK / YSP Abschlusskonzert / August 2016

Aus dem Lamento »When I am laid in arth« wird die Liebesarie der Titania. Nika Goric singt sie hochexpressiv, reichert sie mit dunklen Farben an: Die slowenische Sopranistin sticht aus dem Ensemble heraus.”

OPERNWELT Georg Rudiger / YSP Abschlusskonzert / September 2016

…Easily the strongest and most finished showing came from Slovenian Nika Gorič, deliciously crisp, pert and on the note as Suzman’s spunky Susanna.
The Times / The Marriage of Figaro RAO / November 2015

Nika Gorič was a sassy Fortuna, her agile sound creating tons of meaning in each word she sang.
www.schmopera.com / L’Incoronazione di Poppea RAO / May 2016