Nicholle Bittlingmeyer, mezzo-soprano, was born and raised in New York City. This is her third season with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, having previously appeared with them in their 2008 and 2016 seasons. She attended the prestigious “Fame” school, LaGuardia Arts, as a teenager, and received both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Aaron Copland school of Music at Queens College. She made her Lincoln Center debut in 2016 in the New York City Opera Chorus for Florencia en el Amazonas, and is back with them this season in the chorus of L’amore dei tre rei. She was also featured this season with Bronx Opera as a featured ensemble soloist in The Abduction from the Seraglio and in the chorus for Der Freischütz. Ms. Bittlingmeyer appeared last season as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, covering Meg Page in Falstaff, as Bertha in The Grand Duke, and in the ensemble of Eugene Onegin. She has sung Dido in Dido & Aeneas, the title role in Carmen, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Arnalta and Valetto L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Maestra della novizie inSuor Angelica, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Paquette in Candide, and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance. Orchestral concert credits include Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria, The Angel in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Messenger in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. Other concert credits include the title role in Act II of Carmen in a French repertoire concert with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and New York Opera Exchange, as well as mezzo soloist in the world premiere of “1001 Voices” by Jack London and in Franzetti’s “Gauchito and the Pony” with the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Nicholle is currently studying with Sherry Overholt and spent last summer as a scholarship recipient in “The London Masterclasses,” studying with famed mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore. Ms. Bittlingmeyer also freelances as a makeup artist, Disney party princess, stage manager, HR admin (every day), and church musician (recently retired after 6 years as a full time music director).