Mezzo soprano Abigail Nims has established herself as a musician of integrity and versatility, continuing to garner praise for her committed performances of repertoire spanning from the Baroque to contemporary premieres.
Nims has appeared with opera companies throughout the United States and abroad including Wexford Festival Opera, Atlanta Opera (Veruca Salt in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket), New York City Opera (Lazuli in L’Étoile), Palm Beach Opera (Despina in Così fan tutte), Florentine Opera (Nancy in Albert Herring), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Dinah inTrouble in Tahiti), Opera Virginia (Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus), Opera New Jersey (Zerlina in Don Giovanni), Gotham Chamber Opera (Zefka in Scenes of Gypsy Life), Opera Grand Rapids (Despina in Così fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni), the Princeton Festival (Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Opera Delaware (Meg in Little Women and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro), and Opera North (Tessa in The Gondoliers).
Particularly praised for her interpretations and tonal beauty in the concert repertoire, Nims has performed as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony (Bach’s Mass in B Minor); the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Crumb’s Night of the Four Moons, and Haydn’sHarmoniemesse), the Baltimore Symphony (Messiah); the São Paulo Symphony (Bach’s Magnificat); Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile (Mahler’s Symphony No. 2); the Adrian Symphony (Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été); the Quad City Symphony (Mozart’s Requiem and as Octavian in selections from Der Rosenkavalier); the New England String Ensemble (George Benjamin’s Upon Silence and Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater); the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Liebeslieder Walzer); the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Messiah); and with the Masterwork Chorus at Carnegie Hall (Messiah). In recital, she has recently appeared at Trinity Church, Wall Street; at St. Ignatius Church, Wexford, Ireland, on the Wexford Festival Opera’s recital series; and as guest alumna at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Her recordings include Martin Bresnick’s song cycle “Falling,” featured on the composer’s album Every Thing Must Go (Albany Records, 2010) and the role of Veruca Salt in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket (Albany Records, 2012).
Nims has received awards from distinguished foundations and institutions including the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, Santa Fe Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, Yale School of Music, and the American Bach Society/Bach Choir of Bethlehem Competition.
Originally from Delaware, Ohio, she holds degrees from Yale School of Music (Dean’s Prize recipient), Westminster Choir College (with honors), and Ohio Wesleyan University (summa cum laude). She was twice a member of the Apprentice Singer Program at Santa Fe Opera, a Virginia B. Adams fellow with the Carmel Bach Festival, and she studied German in Vienna with the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program. Prior to joining the faculty of CU-Boulder, Nims taught voice at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Yale University.