Hailed for her “voice of steel and dazzling presence” (Koini Gnomi) and her “warm and beautiful voice” (Bachtrack), soprano Nikoleta Rallis opens the 2018-19 season with a solo recital “A Love Story in Music” with long-time collaborator and pianist, Aza Sydykov at Beckwith Recital Hall at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The recital is part of the week-long Wilmington Music Festival, where Nikoleta also performs in the closing night Bernstein Centennial Gala at the south’s famed Thalian Hall Center of the Performing Arts. During the 2018-19 season Nikoleta joins the Eurasia Festival for the Eurasian Opera Gala performing operatic selections and arts songs from Russia, Greece and Kyrgyzstan at Marc A. Scorca Hall. She joins the Greek American Opera Company in a celebration of the Independence of Greece performing selections from Pavlos Karrer’s 19th century opera, Markos Botsaris. She will spend the summer at the Eurasia Festival, where she will perform on their Opening Night Gala at Merkin Concert Hall and cover Tatiana in Eugene Onegin.
Last season Nikoleta joined The John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in concert where she performed American and Kyrgyz popular music; the concert was broadcasted worldwide Live from Millenium Stage! She also returned to Carnegie Hall where she joined legendary Greek singer, Maria Farantouri in a concert tribute to the music of Mikis Theodorakis at Stern Auditorium. Nikoleta joined The Orchestra Now (TON) at Bard College performing the role of Sophia in Pavlos Karrer’s Markos Botsaris marking the U.S. Premiere of the work. She also joined the Wilmington Music Festival for their Kickoff Gala at Thalian Hall.
In the 2016-17 season Nikoleta returned to Carnegie Hall as the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Handel’s Coronation Anthems with The New England Symphonic Ensemble at Stern Auditorium. She joined the Kyrgyz American Foundationin in concert at Nichols Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago, Merkin Concert Hall at The Kaufmann Music Center and at the Glass Box Theatre at the Mannes School of Music. Nikoleta joined her father, praised tenor Michael Rallis in a joint gala concert at Thalian Hall. She also gave a Vocal Masterclass at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
In the 2015-16 season she sang Nedda in Pagliacci and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus both with the Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra at Walt Whitman Hall at The Brookyln Center for the Performing Arts. She joined Opera Wilmington for their Amore Concert and Clayton Piano Festival for their Valentine’s Day Gala. She also performed a joint recital with Aza Sydykov at Marc A. Scorca Hall.
The 2014-15 season Nikoleta sang Violetta Valery in La Traviata and Laurie Moss in The Tender Land both with the Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra at Walt Whitman Hall at The Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.
The 2013-14 season included a debut at Carnegie Hall as soprano soloist in John Rutter’s Requiem with The New England Symphonic Ensemble at Stern Auditorium. Nikoleta joined the Dicapo Opera Theatre singing Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Musetta in La Boheme. Performances also included joining the Annapolis Opera for their Celebrate Opera concert.
The 2012-13 season Nikoleta sang the title role in Wolf-Ferrari’s La Cenerentola with the Festival of the Aegean. She also joined the festival for the Verdi Gala, an open-air concert in Syros, Greece with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra of Bulgaria. She also covered Adina in L’elisir d’amore with Opera in Williamsburg.
Nikoleta holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music from Brooklyn College-Conservatory with additional post-graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music. She continues studies with her teacher Patricia McCaffrey.
In addition to being an avid performer, Nikoleta is the President of Wilmington Music Festival in North Carolina and the Founder and President of Olympia Arts. She currently resides in New York City with her husband, famed Kyrgyz pianist and conductor Aza Sydykov.