Drawing: Nicole Car in Carmen

Nicole Car

“It’s every opera singers dream of singing at Covent Garden,” said the hotly-tipped Australian Nicole Car when she arrived in London and made her Royal Opera House debut late last year in two high-profile roles, playing Micaela in Bizet’s Spanish tragedy CARMEN and the lead, Tatyana in EUGENE ONEGIN.

Her response to performing on to the iconic stage for the first time? “Kind of cool.” An understatement that belied the rave reviews. Nicole never reads reviews during the run, but she could tell by the sustained applause on opening night that she was more than cool. George Hall in his Guardian review of her portrayal of ‘opera’s good girl’ Micaela wrote, “Australian debutant Nicole Car was the evening’s most complete performance… her luminous soprano proves ideal for Bizet’s soaring lines and she acts with intelligence and immediacy.”

The Sydney Morning Herald headlined aa article about Nicole with, ‘The Opera Diva you’ve never heard of, but soon will,” and she signed her name on this drawing I did  of her as Micaela.

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