Mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims is renowned as a musician of integrity and versatility for her performances of repertoire spanning from Bach, Handel, and Mozart to Crumb, Ligeti, and premieres of contemporary works.
On opera stages her past successes include Melanto in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque; Veruca Salt in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket at the Wexford Opera Festival and Atlanta Opera; Lazuli in L’Étoile with New York City Opera; Despina in Così fan tutte with Palm Beach Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; Nancy in Albert Herring with Florentine Opera; Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Virginia Opera; Zerlina in Don Giovanni with Opera New Jersey and Opera Grand Rapids; Zefka in “Scenes of Gypsy Life” (Janácek/Dvorák) with New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera; Milena in the world premiere of Martin Bresnick’s My Friend’s Story at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Princeton Festival; Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Meg in Little Women and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Delaware; and Tessa in The Gondoliers with Opera North.
Abigail Nims is particularly praised for her expressive interpretations and tonal beauty in the concert repertoire. Recent performances include Bach’s Mass in B-minor with the San Francisco Symphony; de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat at the Colorado Music Festival; Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico; Stravinky’s Pulcinella, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, and Crumb’s Night of the Four Moons with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Mahler’s Rückert Lieder at the Colorado MahlerFest; Bach’s Magnificat with the São Paulo Symphony; Handel’s Messiah with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall, and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra; Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Teatro Municipal (Chile); Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Yale Philharmonia; Mozart’s Requiem and Octavianin selections from Der Rosenkavalier with the Quad City Symphony; George Benjamin’s Upon Silence and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater with the New England String Ensemble; Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel with the Yale Percussion Group; Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival; and J.C.F. Bach’s solo cantata Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte with Westminster Kantorei.
Ms. Nims has presented recitals at Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City; Wexford Festival Opera; the University of Colorado, Boulder; and as guest alumna at Ohio Wesleyan University. In recital she has performed repertoire by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Berlioz, Schubert, Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, Debussy, Berg, Bridge, Ives, Ginastera, Argento, and Harbison.
Ms. Nims’ recordings include her performances of Martin Bresnick’s song cycle “Falling,” featured on the composer’s compilation album Every Thing Must Go (Albany Records, 2010), Veruca Salt in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket (Albany Records, 2012) and as part of the Boston Baroque in their release of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Linn Records 2015). Ms. Nims was recently involved in Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s CD Proving Up (PentaTone 2020). Her awards include second prize in the 2007 Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, the Anna Case MacKay Memorial Award from Santa Fe Opera, an honorable mention in the 2006 American Bach Society Competition, the 2007 Dean’s Prize from Yale School of Music, and finalist in the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation.
Abigail Nims holds degrees from Yale School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and Ohio Wesleyan University. She was a Virginia Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival in 2009, an Apprentice Artist at Santa Fe Opera in 2007 and 2008, and a Young Artist with Opera North in 2005. Additionally, she has participated in the Spoleto Festival USA, AIMS in Graz (Austria), the Austrian-American Mozart Academy, and the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program in Vienna. Ms. Nims is currently a member of the voice faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
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