Australian operatic superstar Nicole Car and Principal Violinist Satu Vänskä team up for a very special ACO concert series

Nicole Car, Image: Georges Antoni

Nicole Car, Image: Georges Antoni

Nicole Car has been a rising star since she first debuted in London's Covent Garden in 2015. From there she has graced stages in New York, Paris and of course with Opera Australia in Sydney. 

Car wanted to be a jazz singer originally, but making the switch at seventeen years of age has been a wonderful pivot, and a decision that has seen the soprano lauded as the next Joan Sutherland by many.

Indeed, the award winning vocalist is currently performing as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata currently playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre until the end of March.

Next, and without missing a beat, Car will make her debut with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in April, in her only Australian orchestral appearance in 2018. She and the ACO will perform a program that that celebrates Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi’s operatic heroines, including a selection of Beethoven and Mozart’s spectacular, but rarely performed, concert arias.

“Mozart and Beethoven understood the human voice very, very well,” said Car. “I feel like in their stand-alone concert arias – because they knew that the singer wouldn’t have to sing an entire three-hour opera – they were composing to stretch the voice just as much as they could. So I’m really looking forward to the challenge involved in singing these concert arias, as well as getting into these strong female characters.”

Car grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Essenden and studied jazz singing as a teenager. However upon seeing the late Deborah Riedel performing the lead role in Puccini’s Tosca, the 17-year old Car was hooked. She immediately found herself a classical vocal teacher and three months later, after ignoring her parents’ pleas to study law, was enrolled in classical voice at the University of Melbourne..

The ACO’s Nicole Car concerts will be the first opportunity for Australian audiences to hear the latest addition to the ACO’s exceptional collection of string instruments: the 1726 Belgiorno Stradivarius acquired by ACO Chairman Guido Belgiorno-Nettis and his wife, Michelle, currently on loan to the orchestra.

The custodian of this magnificent instrument, ACO Principal Violin Satu Vänskä, will perform on this exquisite violin as soloist for Beethoven’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major.

Satu Vänskä. Image: Nic Walker

Satu Vänskä. Image: Nic Walker


HANDEL Overture and Dances from Alcina

MOZART Basta, vincesti – Ah, non lasciarmi, no

BEETHOVEN Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F major

BEETHOVEN Ah! perfido

HILDEGARD (arr. strings) Ave Maria, O auctrix vite

VERDI Ave Maria from Otello

MOZART Misera, dove son! – Ah! non son io che parlo

MOZART Symphony No.27 in G major

MOZART Chi sà, chi sà, qual sia

Nicole Car, Satu Vänskä and the ACO will perform Mozart, Beethoven and Verdi’s operatic heroines from 8-24 April in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. Details here


Sydney Opera House

Sun 8 Apr, 2pm

City Recital Hall

Sat 14 Apr, 7pm

Wed 18 Apr, 7pm

Fri 20 Apr, 1.30pm

Tue 24 Apr, 8pm


Arts Centre Melbourne

Mon 9 Apr, 7.30pm

Sun 22 Apr, 2.30pm


Perth Concert Hall

Wed 11 Apr, 7.30pm


QPAC Concert Hall

Mon 16 Apr, 7pm