Biography

Slovenian born soprano Nika Gorič began her studies in classical dance and music from a young age. She studied at The Maribor Conservatoire of Music and Ballet and later went on to complete her Bachelor’s at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She obtained a Master’s degree with First Class Honours at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is currently completing her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp on the prestigious Opera Course.

This summer Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, taking part in  a new production of The Fairy Queen and in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Malcolm Martineau and Dame Ann Murray. Over the last year she has performed in a production of Handel’s Messiah with Opéra National de Bordeaux and sung the roles of Susanna (Marriage of FIgaro) and Fortuna and Pallade (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with Royal Academy Opera.

Engagements during the 2016/17 season include the roles of Norina (Don Pasquale) with Slovene National Theatre and Eurydice (Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers) with RAO. She gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Colston Hall, and is soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Maribor Symphony Orchestra under Nicolas Altstaedt. 

During her studies at the Royal Academy Nika has taken the roles of Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Fortuna and Pallade (L’incoronazione di Poppea) conducted by Jane Glover, Dolcina & 1st Arms Sister (Suor Angelica), and appeared in scenes as Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Nina (Cherubin), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Così fan Tutte) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore). Her roles in Graz included Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel) and Elisetta (Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio segreto).

On the concert platform highlights have included the Klavier Festival Ruhr with Graham Johnson, Oxford Lieder Festival – a performance in a concert with mark Padmore and Simon Lepper, a recital in the Kioi Hall in Tokyo, the Festival Maribor with Richard Tognetti, Gala Slovenica in Marburg, performances of Berg’s 7 Frühe Lieder at Kings Place and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Academy Song Circle and a soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series.

Nika has participated in masterclasses with Elly Ameling (Wigmore Hall), Thomas Quasthoff (Verbier Academy & Festival), Susan Bullock, Angelika Kirchschlager, Helena Lazarska, Matjaz Robavs and Sabina Cvilak. In 2016 she won the Jury Prize in the Stella Maris International Competition, and in 2015 she was a finalist and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Award winner at the International Competition Zinka Milanov in Croatia.

She is grateful for support from a Sir Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, Independent Opera Voice Scholarship, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.

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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