Nola Richardson Soprano Nola Richardson has been described as "a rising early music superstar" and is rapidly making her mark as a young soloist to watch. The Washington Post recently praised her for her "astonishing balance and accuracy", "crystalline diction" and "natural-sounding ease". She has appeared as a soloist recently with Tempesta di Mare, the American Bach Soloists, The Baltimore Choral Arts Society,Bach in Baltimore and the Bach Sinfonia in works including Bach's B minor Mass, Cantata 51, the St. John Passion, and Handel's Messiah and Esther. Recently, she was selected to be a young artist with the Boston Early Music Festival where she appeared in the North American stage premiere of Handel’s first opera, Almira, and also covered the title role. Although particularly noted for her aptitude in Baroque repertoire, Nola enjoys performing a wide range of repertoire, from medieval to modern. Her other operatic roles include Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Madame Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor withBel Cantanti Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Maryland Concert Opera, Gianetta in L'elisir D'amore with Emerald City Opera, Calisto in La Calisto with Peabody Opera Theater, the Child in Lux et Tenebrae with The Figaro Project (a world premiere), and the Dew Fairy and Gretel (cover) in Hansel and Gretel with Chesapeake Chamber Opera and Maryland Concert Opera.


Nola has appeared in many important concert series including "Early Music at the Walters", with trumpeter Andrew Balio of the Baltimore Symphony and the Warne Ballroom concert series at the Cosmos Club with Baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen, on both occasions performing Bach’s virtuosic Cantata 51.In addition to her concert and operatic work, Nola frequently appears in recitals throughout the United States. Her performances of Medieval music were featured at the opening of the exhibit Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe at the Walters Art Gallery. She has also performed recitals of lute song during the Boston Early Music Fringe Festival, as a guest artist at Catholic University of America and in St. Mark’s Concert Series in Glendale, California. Her voice can be heard on the recording, Concerto delle Donne with Heaven’s Noyse Present the Music of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, and a newly released album of lute song with John Armato, How Sweet the Torment.

An Australian by birth, Nola has spent most of her life in the USA. She holds degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University and the Peabody Conservatory and will attend the Yale ISM as a member of the voxtet in the fall of 2014.