Rhapsody in Black

Soprano Nicole Cabell is a star on the rise

Nicole Cabell as Violetta Valéry in Minnesota Opera’s production of 'La Traviata.'Dan Norman

Rhapsody in Black - Nicole Cabell


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December 15, 2022

Soprano Nicole Cabell will be the first to tell you that a great career doesn’t happen overnight. She burst onto the opera scene in 2006 with an award-winning recording on the Decca label and her singing debut at The BBC Proms. For each of her successes, there were failures. For example, she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Award, but just a few months earlier she failed to advance to the finals of the Metropolitan Opera auditions. Now she performs worldwide as a rising star, including at the Metropolitan Opera.

Musical selections from Nicole Cabell

“Ô Nuit Divine” from Romeo and Juliet

Matthew White joins Nicole Cabell as the headliners in the Cincinnati Opera's 2019 production of Romeo and Juliet. Listen to their rehearsal of the famous balcony scene duet,"Ô Nuit Divine."

“Sempre Libera” from La Traviata

In the Minnesota Opera’s 2019 production of La Traviata, Cabel was cast as the enchanting Violetta who gives up her glamorous life to live with her devoted lover in the quiet countryside. In this scene, Violetta hosts a party where Alfredo woos her. After the party, she
laughs off the idea of true love and vows to live for pleasure.

“Fra Gli Amplessi in Pochi Istanti“ from Così Fan Tutte

Cabel was cast as Fiordiligi in the San Francisco Opera’s 2021 production of Così Fan Tutte. In this duet, "Fra Gli Amplessi in Pochi Istanti," Fiordiligi plans to escape her odd new suitor once and for all. She disguises herself in a military uniform to join her fiancé on the front lines of the war. As she imagines the plan going through she starts to think about what it will be like to reunite with her love.


Host: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Additional music selections: Jeffrey Yelverton

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher