Noted as having a voice of “dark, focused fury," young American mezzo-soprano Nicole Birkland is captivating audiences with her “lush mezzo" and bewitching portrayals of opera’s most famous mezzo-soprano roles. The 2017-2018 season finds her returning to San Francisco Opera as the 3rd Maidservant in Elektra and appearing in The Ring Cycle as Schwertleite in Die Walküre. She also will return to Opera San Jose for their production of Der fliegende Holländer as Mary. Last season she was at The Metropolitan Opera for their production of The Magic Flute.
In the fall of 2015 she made her debut with Fargo-Moorhead Opera as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and in the spring of 2016 Ms. Birkland joined the roster of Washington National Opera covering Erda and the First Norn in The Ring Cycle.
For the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Birkland worked with The Metropolitan Opera for productions of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk, Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, in which she covered Stephanie Blyhte's Baba the Turk.

Ms. Birkland has appeared with Opera San José, as Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, La Principessa in Suor Angelica and Azucena in Il trovatore, where the San José Mercury hailed: “Birkland was a tour de force. It was as if the valve had been opened on a fire hydrant, releasing a torrent of glorious and passionate singing. Birkland rose above the rest of the cast… Her voice was richly and darkly colored throughout its considerable range, from rock-solid bottom to flutelike top. Immersed in the role, she didn’t project her voice so much as propel it, building to this climax… This was a true, dramatic mezzo performance by Birkland, an emerging singer who deserves to be widely heard."

She made her debut with San Francisco Opera as the Third Secretary in Nixon in China. She has appeared with Sarasota Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, New Opera St. Louis and Des Moines Metro Opera. She was the mezzo soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra of Manila and the Bach Chorale Singers of Lafayette, Indiana.