In 2016 Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, taking the lead role of Titania in a new production of The Fairy Queen. This summer she completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music on the Opera Course, receiving the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence.
Born in Slovenia in 1990, Nika studied at the Ballet and Music School in Maribor, the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, and the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp on the Opera Course in 2017, receiving The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence.
In 2016 Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, singing the lead role of Titania in a new production of The Fairy Queen and taking part in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Malcolm Martineau and Dame Ann Murray. Nominated by Salzburg Festival to take part in the Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, Nika went on to win a special Jury Prize of a recital in Vienna’s prestigious Musikverein.
Over the last year Nika has taken the roles of Norina (Don Pasquale) with Slovene National Theatre, Eurydice (Orpheé aux enfers), Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera) and Sophie (scenes from Rosenkavalier) with RAO. She gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Midsummer Music and Oxford Lieder Festivals, and took part in a production of Handel’s Messiah with Opéra National de Bordeaux. Previous operatic roles include Susanna (Marriage of Figaro) and Fortuna and Pallade (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with Royal Academy Opera conducted by Jane Glover.
Engagements during 2017/18 include a return visit to Wigmore Hall, and appearances as soloist with the Philharmonia, Australian Chamber and Slovene Philharmonic Orchestras. She performs Brahms’ Requiem at St. John’s Smith Square with the London Chorus, and appears as soloist at Philharmonic Hall Liverpool, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Usher Hall Edinburgh.
During her studies Nika performed the roles of Dolcina & 1st Arms Sister (Suor Angelica), and appeared in scenes as Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Nina (Chérubin), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Così fan Tutte) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore). Her roles in Graz included Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro), Sandman (Hansel and Gretel) and Elisetta (Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio segreto).
On the concert platform highlights have included the Klavier Festival Ruhr with Graham Johnson, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, the Festival Maribor with Richard Tognetti, Gala Slovenica in Marburg, performances of Berg’s 7 Frühe Lieder at Kings Place and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the Academy Song Circle and a soloist in the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series.
Nika has participated in masterclasses with Elly Ameling (Wigmore Hall), Thomas Quasthoff (Verbier Academy & Festival), Susan Bullock, Angelika Kirchschlager, Helena Lazarska, Matjaz Robavs and Sabina Cvilak. In 2015 she was a finalist and Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra Award winner at the International Competition Zinka Milanov in Croatia.
She is grateful for support from a Sir Charles Mackerras Opera Scholarship, Independent Opera Voice Scholarship, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.
“Nika Goric delivered Polly's defiant 'Barbara Song' with bright-toned vigour.”
“Nika Gorič made a fresh-voiced, very pretty Polly and she achieved a better mix of sweetness and sardonic edge, especially in the ‘Barbara-Song’.”
“Nika Gorič was a sassy Fortuna, her agile sound creating tons of meaning in each word she sang.”
“…Easily the strongest and most finished showing came from Slovenian Nika Gorič, deliciously crisp, pert and on the note as Suzman’s spunky Susanna.”
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“… contrasted nicely with the flirtatious warmth in the voice of Nika Gorič’s Fortuna.”