Sheila Nadler impresses audiences with her powerful stage presence and a contralto voice of uncommon richness. An artist of eclectic achievements, her repertory ranges from the Baroque, such as Handel’s Giulio Cesare (La Monnaie) to premieres of contemporary works, such as Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (La Scala), Adam’s The Death of Klinghoffer (La Monnaie), Lang’s Modern Painters (Santa Fe and San Francisco) and Gohr’s Arianna (Covent Garden),as well as Klytemnestra in Elektra in Paris, Toulouse,Santiago and Seattle.
In the 2009-10 season, Ms. Nadler returned to the San Francisco Opera as the Duchess in La Fille du Regiment and appeared as Grandmother Buryja in Janacek’s Jenufa with the Bordeaux Opera. Recent engagements also saw her with the Austin Lyric Opera as the Old Prioress in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmelite – a role she has sung previously in Santa Fe as well as the Metropolitan Opera and that will take her to Pittsburgh Opera in spring 2011.
In addition to the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Nadler has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the Seattle Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, the Canadian Opera, Montreal Opera as well as at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Abroad, she has performed at La Scala Milan, La Monnaie Brussels, Opéra Bastille Paris, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra du Rhin, Théâtre du Capitole, Opéra de Montepellier, De Nederlandse Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, the New Isareli Opera as well as at the Vienna Festival, Ireland’s Wexford Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan with Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Ms. Nadler was a member of the famed Maria Callas Master Classes at Juilliard. A native New Yorker, Ms. Nadler makes her home in Manhattan.