Nicholle Bittlingmeyer, mezzo-soprano, was born and raised in New York City. This is her fourth season with dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, having previously appeared with them in their 2008, 2016, and 2018 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 was most recently featured in Fresh Squeezed Opera’s concert, The Female Gaze, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus, and covered the title role in The Rape of Lucretia with New Camerata Opera. Ms. Bittlingmeyer made her Lincoln Center debut in 2016 in the New York City Opera Chorus for Florencia en el Amazonas and also appeared with them in 2018 in the chorus of L’amore dei tre rei. Other credits include the title role in Carmen, Dido in Dido & Aeneas, Mother Marie in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Arnalta and Valetto in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Paquette in Candide, Meg Page (cover) in Falstaff, Maestra delle novizie in Suor Angelica, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, and Bertha in The Grand Duke. 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 was recently 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).