An Interview with Nicole Cabell

June 17, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Nicole Cabell
Nicole Cabell (Photo: Erika Dufour)

Nicole Cabell, the winner of the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff and Decca recording artist, is one of the most sought-after lyric sopranos of today. Her critically acclaimed solo debut album, Soprano was named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone and has received several prestigious awards. An alumna of the Ryan Opera Center, Cabell has performed a number of her signature roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago including Musetta in La bohème, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Adina in The Elixir of Love, and Micaëla in Carmen. Cabell recently recorded the lead soprano role in the world premiere recording of Joseph Bologne’s L’Amant anonyme. She joins host Oliver Camacho to recount the story of winning the Cardiff competition and to discuss using her platform to promote works by marginalized and disenfranchised composers.

Nicole Cabell joins Lara Downes’s program at Ravinia Festival on August 22 to perform songs of Margaret Bonds.


All selections feature soprano Nicole Cabell.

Giacomo Puccini: “Quando m’en vo'” from La bohème
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

Gaetano Donizetti: “Padre…son rea … lo vedo!” from Imelda de’ Lambertazzi
Frank Lopardo, tenor
Massimo Giordano, tenor
Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Orchestra of the the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Franz Liszt: Comment disaient-ils
Georges Bizet: Chanson d’Avril
Craig Terry, piano

Vincenzo Bellini: “Oh! quante volte” from I Capuleti ed i Montecchi
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Andrew Davis

Joseph Bologne: “Son amour, sa constance extrême” from L’Amant anonyme
Haymarket Opera Orchestra
Craig Trompeter

Nadia Boulanger: Extase
Boulanger: Prière
Lucy Mauro, piano

Traditional arr. Joe Clark: There Is a Balm in Gilead
Traditional arr. Joe Clark: Oh, What a Beautiful City
Alyson Cambridge, soprano
Lake Forest Symphony
Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor

Margaret Bonds: What Lips My Lips Have Kissed
Lara Downes, piano

Ricky Ian Gordon: Joy
Ricky Ian Gordon, piano