Voice, Vocal Studies, Opera Workshop, Coordinator of Vocal Performance
Canadian soprano, Nancy King, is an active performer, teacher, guest lecturer, and Coordinator for Vocal Performance at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Ms. King has most recently appeared at Adele in Strauss' Die Fledermaus, and as soloist in Handel's Messiah with Toronto Classical Singers and Mount Olive College. She has also appeared with the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus in Eugene, Oregon in the Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music. Other performances with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra include the role of Cunegonde in a concert version of Bernstein's Candide, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Canteloube's Chants D'Auvergne, the Poulenc Gloria and Handel's Messiah. While in residency for her doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, Ms. King performed the roles of Cunegonde in Candide, Amor in Orfeo ed Euridice with the Opera Theatre, and the Serenade to Music with the University of Minnesota Orchestra. Ms. King also won the Voices of Vienna Scholarship, for study at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie in Salzburg, Austria, and received a UNCW Center for Teaching Excellence Summer Teaching Initiative Stipend for her project "Italian Language and Opera Study" in Florence, Italy. She has attended the Wesley Balk Opera/Music Theater Institute, the Phyllis Curtin Seminar at Tanglewood, and was a member of the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.
Ms. King holds a Master's Degree in Voice Performance from Boston University, an Opera Diploma from the Longy School of Music, and completed her doctoral residency (ABD) in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studied with Jean del Santo. Well-known to area audiences, Ms. King is a popular guest lecturer, presenting a series of Opera Lectures and various outreach programs as a part of UNC-WOOP! (UNCW's Opera Outreach Project!). She also presents The Singer's Workshop: Freeing the Mind, Body and Voice for Optimal Performing, along with pianist Patricia Ainspac and frequently tours with her Duo Sureño partner, Robert Nathanson, guitar. Ms. King recently received a grant to complete level one training in Aesthetic Education at the Lincoln Center Institute. She is active as a consultant and Teaching Artist, creating and leading professional development workshops for the North Carolina Arts Council cARTwheels tours, including Piedmont Opera, the Keowee Chamber Ensemble and the John Brown Jazz Orchestra, and UNCW's ARTworks. Ms. King was most recently in residence at Codington Elementary and Burgaw Elementary schools in North Carolina, presenting Storytelling through Opera: Hansel and Gretel.