Fraser Lyric Opera is Northern B.C.’s only professional opera company. Founded in 2014, strives to bring the world’s most beloved operas to audiences in Prince George and surrounding communities. We provide singing opportunities for local singers as well as professional opportunities for emerging artists. We pride ourselves on providing training opportunities for aspiring singing actors through our opera workshops and apprenticeship opportunities. Come to our next performance and discover the power and beauty of opera.
Who are we?
Artistic Producer- Melanie Nicol
Mezzo-soprano Melanie Nicol graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and completed her Master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Manitoba, where she studied with Tracy Dahl and Monica Huisman. Her operatic roles at the University of Manitoba included Marchesa di Melibea in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’sDream and Carmen in the Opera Scenes Performances. She also performed the role of Marcellina in the U of M Opera Theatre’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro. She toured two seasons with the U of M Opera Theatre School Tour where she performed Frau Viemann/Witch/Wolf in Dean Burry’s Brother’s Grimm and the Witch/Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Some of Melanie’s other operatic engagements include the role of Nancy in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera Nuova, Ruggero in Handel’s Alcina with AEDO and Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito with Manitoba Underground Opera and Béatrice in Fraser Lyric Opera’s inaugural performance of Béatrice et Bénédict. Her most recent operatic engagement was Rosina in Fraser Lyric Opera’s The Barber of Seville. When she is not singing opera, Melanie is touring with the Bel Canto Youth Choir. She has travelled to the Young Prague Festival in the Czech Republic as well as the Cork International Choral Festival in Ireland. Melanie is the cofounder of Fraser Lyric Opera, owner of the Northern Vocal Arts Academy and the Artistic Director of the Bel Canto Choirs.