In 2016 Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, taking part in a new production of The Fairy Queen, and performed the role of Norina (Don Pasquale) with Slovene National Theatre. She is currently completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music on the Opera Course.
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 is currently completing her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp on the Opera Course.
This summer Nika joined Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, taking part in a new production of The Fairy Queen and in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Malcolm Martineau and Dame Ann Murray. Over the last year she has performed in a production of Handel’s Messiah with Opéra National de Bordeaux and sung the roles of Susanna (Marriage of Figaro) and Fortuna and Pallade (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with Royal Academy Opera.
Engagements during the 2016/17 season include the roles of Norina (Don Pasquale) with Slovene National Theatre and Eurydice (Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld) with RAO. She gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Colston Hall, and is soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with the Maribor Symphony Orchestra.
During her studies at the Royal Academy Nika has taken the roles of Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Fortuna and Pallade (L’incoronazione di Poppea) conducted by Jane Glover, Dolcina & 1st Arms Sister (Suor Angelica), and appeared in scenes as Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes), Nina (Cherubin), 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 is 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 2016 she won the Jury Prize in the Stella Maris International Competition, and 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.
“…Easily the strongest and most finished showing came from Slovenian Nika Gorič, deliciously crisp, pert and on the note as Suzman’s spunky Susanna.”
“Nika Gorič was a sassy Fortuna, her agile sound creating tons of meaning in each word she sang.”
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“…. contrasted nicely with the flirtatious warmth in the voice of Nika Gorič’s Fortuna.”