Nikola Printz is an artist whose talents occupy many fora. Recent role debuts include Hannah After in As One and the modern premiere of Vinci’s Astianatte. In the 21–22 season they were seen in the title roles of Carmen and Dido and Aeneas with Opera San José. Nikola was also a two-time participant of the Merola Opera Program from 2020–22, and was the 2021 winner of the Schwabacher debut recital. They make their San Francisco Symphony debut with this performance.

Recent digital appearances include the award-winning film Behind the Stage Door with Merola and Three Romances by Erling Wold, which had its 2022 premiere in the Opera Philadelphia film festival. Other role debuts include Elle in La Voix Humaine; Orfeo in Orfeo Ed Euridice; and Rosina, Cherubino, and Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. From 2016–18 Nikola was a resident artist with Opera Memphis. While in Tennesee, they also became an accomplished aerialist, training in static and dance trapeze, and have since cultivated several aerial acts sung and performed live with both piano and orchestra in concert halls and cabaret clubs alike.

Outside of opera, Nikola writes music and plays several small stringed instruments. They can also be spotted riding their bicycle, drinking tall cans of Montucky, shooting film photography, subverting the binary, and writing bad poetry. They are an advocate for accessibility in the arts and currently learning American Sign Language.


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