Slovenian soprano Nika Gorič began her vocal studies alongside her ballet training at the Ballet and Music School in Maribor, graduating in 2009. She obtained her BA from the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, and completed her Master’s degree in Performance, with Distinction, at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is currently continuing her studies on the Royal Academy Opera course under the tutelage of Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp. Nika’s studies are generously supported by the Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship and previously by Maria Callas and Stanley Picker Award, Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Josephine Baker Trust.
Nika has recently been awarded the Regency Award; Clifton Prize; Helen Eames Prize and Lillian Eldee Award for female singers. She was a finalist at Oxford Lieder Festival, a finalist and prize winner in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize competition, and a finalist and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Award winner at the International Competition for Young Opera Singers ZINKA MILANOV in Croatia. Nika is a member of the Academy Song Circle and a regular soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series.
In October 2015 Nika made her debut as Susanna with Royal Academy Opera at Hackney Empire, and later in a production of L’incoronazione di Poppea performed the roles of Fortuna, Pallade and Drusilla with Jane Glover and RAO. While studying in Graz Nika’s operatic roles include Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel and Elisetta in Cimaorsa’s Il matrimonio segreto as well as understudying the roles of Susanna, Gretel, Anna Reich and Despina. Her operatic highlights at RAM include scenes as Nina in Massenet’s Chérubin, Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte and Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
Nika has enjoyed international success as a soloist, this year participating in the ‘Festival Maribor’ under the direction of Richard Tognetti. Other highlights include performing at the Gala Slovenica, Marburg, Germany, and at Graz Cathedral singing Mendelsohn’s Lobgesang. After a successful performance in the ‘International Youth in Concert’ series in Tallinn, Nika was invited to perform in Kioi hall, Tokyo, as part of the ‘EU Japan Fest’. While in Japan, she also gave recitals across areas of the country affected by the aftermaths of the 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster.
A versatile singer, Nika is also in regular demand as an oratorio soloist, performing works from all eras at venues all over the UK. She has appeared as a soloist at venues including the Birmingham City Hall, King’s Place and St Martin-in-the-Fields and in June made her dèbut at Opera National de Bordeaux in Händel's Messiah. Her recent projects have included Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with CBSO; Berg’s 7 Frühe Lieder; Bach Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen in the Duke’s hall; Mahler Symphony No. 4 in Paris and London; Bach B-minor Mass and Magnificat; Pergolesi Stabat Mater; Händel Dixit Dominus; singing a selection of Schubert songs as part of the prestigious Oxford Lieder Festival; and more recently Liebeslieder Walzer at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Herten with Graham Johnson. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ singing a duet from Bach’s Cantata Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis.
Nika has been a young artist with Verbier and Salzburg Festivals where she participated in masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson, Malcom Martineau amongst others, and has previously worked with Elly Ameling (Wigmore Hall), Susan Bullock, Angelika Kirchschlager, Helena Lazarska, Matjaž Robavs and Sabina Cvilak.
She has recently performed the roles of Titania in The Fairy Queen at the Salzburg Festival and Norina in Don Pasquale at Slovene National Theatre.