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Abigail Nims

Abigail Nims


Mezzo-Soprano

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) and Veruca Salt in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket (Albany Records, 2012). 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.

Abigail Nims Sings on Grammy-Nominated Album

Abigail Nims sings the role of Melanto in the Linn Records recording of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with Boston Baroque. The album is nominated for Best Opera Recording at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Source:https://www.grammy.com/grammys/awards?genre=5

Chorale, Singers Create Beautiful Harmony with Orchestra

The LancasterChorale, given a workout throughout the piece, was never less than assured in occupying the same sonic space as the orchestra and soloists. Among the individual singers, mezzo-soprano Nims, with her refined, lilting tone, was particularly impressive.

– Peter Tonguette, The Columbus DispatchRelated Link

‘Peter Grimes’ a high-water mark

“Equally superb dramatic and vocal contributions are made by mezzo Ann Murray, as Auntie, the owner of the local pub; soprano Nikki Einfeld and mezzo Abigail Nims as her precocious nieces.”

– David Wiegand, San Francisco ChronicleRelated Link

ASO, soloist beautifully perform Beethoven, Berlioz at Croswell

“Nims gave a first-rate interpretation of every one of the songs in the cycle, demonstrating a depth of connection with the music that was quite remarkable. This was the first time she had performed this work in concert, but it was very obvious that she had thought long and hard beforehand about the meaning of the poetry itself. At the same time, she more than proved herself to be a singer of considerable talent, with superb control and vocal range, and sang the French-language lyrics beautifully and clearly.”

– Arlene Bachanov, Daily TelegramRelated Link

 

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, SV 325 – Linn | Released 01/23/2020


 

The Golden Ticket – Albany Records | Released 12/01/2012


 

Martin Bresnick: Every Thing Must Go – Albany Records | Released 05/01/2010


Orchestral

  • Adams
    El Niño

    Argento
    Casa Guidi

    J.C.F. Bach
    Ach, dass ich Wassers g’nug hätte

    J.S. Bach
    Cantatas
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B-minor
    St. John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion

    Beethoven
    Choral Fantasy
    Mass in C Major
    Symphony No. 9

    Benjamin
    Upon Silence

    Berg
    Seven Early Songs

    Berlioz
    La damnation de Faust
    Les nuits d’été

    Brahms
    Alto Rhapsody
    Liebeslieder Walzer
    Zwei Gesange, Op. 91

    Bridge
    Three Songs for Voice, Viola, and Piano

    Britten
    Phaedra

    Chausson
    Chanson Perpétuelle

    Crumb
    Night of the Four Moons

    De Falla
    The Three-Cornered Hat

    Duruflé
    Requiem

    Dvorák 
    Stabat Mater

    Faure
    La Bonne Chanson

    Handel
    Cantata Lucrezia
    Hercules
    Messiah
    Theodora

    Harbison
    Mirabai Songs
    North and South

    F.J. Haydn
    Arianna a Naxos
    Harmoniemesse
    Lord Nelson Mass

    J.M. Haydn
    Requiem

    Lieberson
    Neruda Songs

    Ligeti
    Sippal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel

    Loeffler
    Quatre Poèmes

    Mahler
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Rückert Lieder
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah

    Mozart
    Coronation Mass
    Mass in C-minor
    Requiem
    Vesperae solennes de confessore

    Ravel
    Chansons madécasses
    Shéhérezade
    Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

    Respighi
    Il Tramonto

    Stravinsky
    Pulcinella

    Vivaldi
    Gloria
    Nisi Dominus
    Stabat Mater

    Zelenka
    Magnificat

Opera

  • Adamo
    Little Women (Jo, Meg)

    Ash
    The Golden Ticket (Veruca Salt)

    Barber
    Vanessa (Erika)

    Bellini
    I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Roméo)

    Berg
    Lulu (Countess Geschwitz)

    Berlioz
    Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice)

    Bernstein
    Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah)

    Bresnick
    My Friend’s Story (Milena)

    Britten
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
    Albert Herring (Nancy Chabrier L’étoile (Lazuli)

    Debussy
    Pelléas et Mélisande (Mélisande)

    Gluck
    Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigénie)
    Orfeo ed Euridice (Orfeo)

    Gounod
    Faust (Siébel)
    Roméo et Juliette (Stephano)

    Handel
    Agrippina (Nerone)
    Alcina (Ruggiero)
    Ariodante (Ariodante)
    Giulio Cesare (Sesto)
    Rinaldo (Rinaldo)
    Teseo (Teseo)
    Xerxes (Amastre)

    Humperdinck
    Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel)

    Janá?ek
    The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox)

    Ligeti
    Le Grand Macabre (Armando)

    Massenet
    Cendrillon (Cendrillon)
    Werther (Charlotte)

    Meyerbeer
    Les Huguenots (Urbain)

    Monteverdi
    L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia)
    Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Penelope, Minerva, Melanto)

    Mozart
    Così fan tutte (Dorabella, Despina)
    Die Zauberflöte (Third Lady)
    Don Giovanni (Zerlina, Donna Elvira)
    Idomeneo (Idamante)
    La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto, Annio)
    Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)

    Offenbach
    Les contes d’Hoffmann (Nicklausse)

    Poulenc
    Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche)

    Puccini
    Madama Butterfly (Suzuki)

    Purcell
    Dido and Aeneas (Dido)

    Ravel
    L’Enfant et les sortilèges (L’Enfant)
    L’Heure espagnole (Concepçion)

    Rossini
    Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
    La Cenerentola (Angelina)

    J. Strauss, Jr.
    Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky)

    R. Strauss
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist)
    Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian)

    Thomas
    Mignon (Mignon)

    Walton
    The Bear (Popova)

Orchestral

  • Adams
    El Niño

    Argento
    Casa Guidi

    J.C.F. Bach
    Ach, dass ich Wassers g’nug hätte

    J.S. Bach
    Cantatas
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B-minor
    St. John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion

    Beethoven
    Choral Fantasy
    Mass in C Major
    Symphony No. 9

    Benjamin
    Upon Silence

    Berg
    Seven Early Songs

    Berlioz
    La damnation de Faust
    Les nuits d’été

    Brahms
    Alto Rhapsody
    Liebeslieder Walzer
    Zwei Gesange, Op. 91

    Bridge
    Three Songs for Voice, Viola, and Piano

    Britten
    Phaedra

    Chausson
    Chanson Perpétuelle

    Crumb
    Night of the Four Moons

    De Falla
    The Three-Cornered Hat

    Duruflé
    Requiem

    Dvorák 
    Stabat Mater

    Faure
    La Bonne Chanson

    Handel
    Cantata Lucrezia
    Hercules
    Messiah
    Theodora

    Harbison
    Mirabai Songs
    North and South

    F.J. Haydn
    Arianna a Naxos
    Harmoniemesse
    Lord Nelson Mass

    J.M. Haydn
    Requiem

    Lieberson
    Neruda Songs

    Ligeti
    Sippal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel

    Loeffler
    Quatre Poèmes

    Mahler
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Rückert Lieder
    Symphony No. 2
    Symphony No. 3

    Mendelssohn
    Elijah

    Mozart
    Coronation Mass
    Mass in C-minor
    Requiem
    Vesperae solennes de confessore

    Ravel
    Chansons madécasses
    Shéhérezade
    Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé

    Respighi
    Il Tramonto

    Stravinsky
    Pulcinella

    Vivaldi
    Gloria
    Nisi Dominus
    Stabat Mater

    Zelenka
    Magnificat

Opera

  • Adamo
    Little Women (Jo, Meg)

    Ash
    The Golden Ticket (Veruca Salt)

    Barber
    Vanessa (Erika)

    Bellini
    I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Roméo)

    Berg
    Lulu (Countess Geschwitz)

    Berlioz
    Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice)

    Bernstein
    Trouble in Tahiti (Dinah)

    Bresnick
    My Friend’s Story (Milena)

    Britten
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia)
    Albert Herring (Nancy Chabrier L’étoile (Lazuli)

    Debussy
    Pelléas et Mélisande (Mélisande)

    Gluck
    Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigénie)
    Orfeo ed Euridice (Orfeo)

    Gounod
    Faust (Siébel)
    Roméo et Juliette (Stephano)

    Handel
    Agrippina (Nerone)
    Alcina (Ruggiero)
    Ariodante (Ariodante)
    Giulio Cesare (Sesto)
    Rinaldo (Rinaldo)
    Teseo (Teseo)
    Xerxes (Amastre)

    Humperdinck
    Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel)

    Janá?ek
    The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox)

    Ligeti
    Le Grand Macabre (Armando)

    Massenet
    Cendrillon (Cendrillon)
    Werther (Charlotte)

    Meyerbeer
    Les Huguenots (Urbain)

    Monteverdi
    L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia)
    Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Penelope, Minerva, Melanto)

    Mozart
    Così fan tutte (Dorabella, Despina)
    Die Zauberflöte (Third Lady)
    Don Giovanni (Zerlina, Donna Elvira)
    Idomeneo (Idamante)
    La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto, Annio)
    Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino)

    Offenbach
    Les contes d’Hoffmann (Nicklausse)

    Poulenc
    Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche)

    Puccini
    Madama Butterfly (Suzuki)

    Purcell
    Dido and Aeneas (Dido)

    Ravel
    L’Enfant et les sortilèges (L’Enfant)
    L’Heure espagnole (Concepçion)

    Rossini
    Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
    La Cenerentola (Angelina)

    J. Strauss, Jr.
    Die Fledermaus (Orlofsky)

    R. Strauss
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist)
    Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian)

    Thomas
    Mignon (Mignon)

    Walton
    The Bear (Popova)

Audio

Arvo Pärt: Es sang vor langen Jahr

Respighi: Il Tramonto

Mahler: Liebst du um Schönheit

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro – Voi Che Sapete

Ash: The Golden Ticket – Veruca Loses Her Nut

Ligeti: Síppal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel – Tancdal

Berlioz: Les Nuits d’Été – Sur les lagunes

Brahms: Zwei Gesange – Geistliches Wiegenlied

Bach: Magnificat – Esurientes Implevit Bonis

Documents

Short Biography

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. Her 2017-18 season solo appearances include Mozart’s Requiem with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, also the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and the premiere performance of Missy Mazzoli’s newly commissioned opera, Proving Up, with Opera Omaha. Engagements during the 2016-17 season included Handel’s Messiah with the Naples Philharmonic and Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Duluth Superior Symphony, and Dvorák’s Stabat Mater with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park.

Full Biography

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) and Veruca Salt in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket (Albany Records, 2012). 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.