Dutch soprano Nikki Treurniet has established herself as a sensitive and versatile soloist, performing opera, orchestral repertoire and chamber music on international stages.
As a light lyric soprano with a lusciously warm sound, Nikki feels at home in repertoire ranging from the baroque to newly commissioned works of the present day. She is gaining recognition for her particularly sensitive interpretations of Mozart and is particularly drawn to the music of the late-romantic French impressionists.
This season she will sing Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at Staatsoper Hannover and will perform contemporary opera The Shell Trial at the opera forward festival at Dutch National Opera at home in The Netherlands. She will sing Bach’s Matthäus Passion on tour with the Philharmonie Zuid Nederland and his Johannes Passion with the Residentie Bachkoor. In the spring she will sing the soprano soloist in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung in Hannover.
For four seasons (2019-2023) Nikki was a member of the ensemble at Staatsoper Hannover extending her operatic repertoire roles to include Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Despina (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Musica/Euridice (L’Orfeo), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Lenio (The Greek passion)
Iseut la Blonde (Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé), Emmy (Marschner’s Der Vampyr) and working with directors Lydia Steier, Theu Boermans, Wolfgang Nägele, Ersan Mondtag and Barbora Horáková.
Nikki made her debut at the Dutch National Opera singing the role of Anima Ingrate in Il ballo delle Ingrate as part of the Monteverdi Madrigals staged by Pierre Audi in collaboration with Les Talents Lyriques and Christoph Rousset. With the Nederlandse Reisopera she sang Mrs. Nordstrom in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music on a tour throughout the Netherlands. After making her debut with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël conducted by Ed Spanjaard, she returned to the Zaterdagmatinee in Het Concertgebouw to sing Ginevra Scotti in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, the role of Sorge in Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust and an oratorio concert of Bach and Verhulst. Her debut on the opera stage was with the Dutch National Opera Academy singing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. At the academy she also performed the title role in Massenet’s Cendrillon with the Residentie Orchestra and Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with the Netherlands Youth Orchestra conducted by Antony Hermus.
Alongside her operatic work Nikki regularly performs concert repertoire including Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, Johannes-Passion, Weihnachtsoratorium and several cantatas, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Nikki is strongly committed to the performance of song and chamber music and has given recitals in various halls across The Netherlands together with pianists Andrea Vasi and Daan Boertien. In 2022 and 2023 she appeared in recital at The International Lied Festival Zeist.
Nikki won several prizes at The International Vocal Competition in ‘s Hertogenbosch, most notably the Opera prize of The Netherlands (2017). She studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and The Opera Academy in Amsterdam. She currently lives in The Hague.