Mezzo soprano Abigail Nims has established herself as a musician of integrity and versatility, garnering praise for her performances of repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary premieres.
Acclaimed for her committed interpretations and tonal beauty in the concert repertoire, Nims has performed as soloist with renowned orchestras and festivals including the San Francisco Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the São Paulo Symphony, Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de México, Teatro Municipal, Santiago, Chile, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Boston Baroque, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park (FL), the Indianapolis Symphony and the Masterworks Choir and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. In Colorado, Nims and has appeared as soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the Colorado Music Festival, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Boulder Philharmonic and the Colorado MahlerFest, and is a regular soloist with the Colorado Bach Ensemble.
On the opera stage, Nims has appeared in leading roles with companies throughout the United States and abroad including Wexford Festival Opera, New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Florentine Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, New Jersey Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, the Princeton Festival, Opera Delaware and Opera North.
Her recordings include the role of Melanto in Boston Baroque’s Grammy-nominated Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Linn Records, 2015), the role of Veruca Salt in The Golden Ticket with Atlanta Opera (Albany Records, 2013), and Martin Bresnick’s song cycle “Falling” on the composer’s album Every Thing Must Go (Albany Records, 2011).
Originally from Delaware, Ohio, Nims holds degrees from Yale School of Music (AD, Dean’s Prize recipient), Westminster Choir College (MM with honors) and Ohio Wesleyan University (BM summa cum laude). She 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. She was an Apprentice Singer at Santa Fe Opera for two summers, a Virginia B. Adams Fellow at the Carmel Bach Festival, and a young artist at Opera North. Prior to joining the faculty of CU Boulder, Nims taught voice at the University of California, Berkeley and at Yale University.