My Story

Soprano Nicola Mills is originally from the North of England from a pretty down to earth working class family. She was offered free singing lessons at the age of 15 where she was introduced to Opera and since then has been devoted to singing. She studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and then went onto work for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Dutch National Opera, Opera Onafankelijk Toneel, Opera Trionfo, The Flemish Opera and Opera Monte Carlo. She’s also performed extensively on the concert platform at venues like The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and was chosen by Thomas Allen for The Samling Foundation Masterclasses with Philip Langridge. It was when she was working at The Flemish Opera that she decided to go and sing on the streets, not knowing that it would change her life. It brought back her love of singing and developed aconnection to ‘the people’, and she’s taken it around the world ever since. She was also featured on Belgian TV and radio and Dutch TV. She recently spent 6 months of last year in New York where she put on her own show ‘A Soprano and a Suitcase’ at The Triad Theater. ‘My life has gone in a new direction and I love what I do. I’m at my happiest when I’m chatting to people, sharing my stories and singing for them and it’s taking me around the world. Last year I was on the road most of the year and wrote a blog about it A Soprano, A Suicase and A Rucksack

I enjoy direct contact with people and making them happy through music, and this is my focus. I designed a ‘Song Menu’ and let people choose what they would like to hear from it so they are fully involved in the concert. With a mix of Opera, Classical songs, songs from musicals (me and Julie Andrews are forever bonded) and Pavarotti pop there’s something for everyone and I’m adding new songs all the time. It’s about YOU, the audience, and I can honestly say it makes me so happy to perform for people in this way. It’s enriched my life in a way I never thought possible.’

I’ve sung at house parties, dinners, for the homeless, for the elderly, in schools, on the streets, as a flashmob (I even had Mary Poppins graffiti in the local skate park near my brothers done after some boys heard me sing at my Primary School), at Music and Literary Festivals, for Disney, and at many varied and exciting events. It keeps my feet on the ground and connected to what music is all about.

I still sing in Opera houses and on the Concert platform. My agent is based in New York and I love combining the two sides of being a professional singer. Do get in touch if I can be of any help to you, have a look at my videos, see what events I have coming up, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you.


Here's a sneaky preview of what I can do....

...and this is my story and some of the songs that have been a part of it...

Song Menu

Take a look at my Song Menu and custom design your own event if you'd like (you choose the songs and I'll sing them).


Come scoglio (Fiordiligi being a teenager) Mozart

Quando m'en vo (Musettas' flirty number from 'La Boheme. Lock up your husbands!!!) Puccini

Vissi d'arte (Tosca's famous second act aria) Puccini

Si, mi chiamano Mimi ('My name is Mimi'. Are you also a hopeless romantic like me?) Puccini

Casta Diva (Maria Callas made this famous and it's one of my faves too) Bellini

Voi che sapete (Cherubino, a teenager in love) Mozart

Belle nuit, o nuit d'amour (From Tales of Hoffmann and also very famous) Offenbach

0 mio babbino caro (The most famous Soprano aria ever) Puccini

Brindisi (Time to celebrate with a glass of wine from Verdi's 'La Traviata')

Je Veux Vivre (I'm the belle of the ball song by Gounod')

Summertime (Gershwin's famous Porgy and Bess number)

Porgi Amor (The Countess is not happy) Mozart

Song to the Moon (Rusalka's gorgeous aria) Dvorak

Lascia ch'io pianga (it's tissue time for this one) Handel

Un bel di vedremo (Madama Butterfly dreaming of Mr. Pinkerton’s return) Puccini

Ch'il bel sogno (the taste of a sweet kiss, long remembered) La Rondine Puccini

Una voce poco fa (Rosina's famous Cavatina from The Barber of Seville) Rossini

The Jewel Song (Marguerite is a lady she doesn't recognise with all the jewels on) Gounod

Donde Lieta (Mimi asking for her stuff back after a fight with Rodolfo) Puccini

L'altra notte (Margherita going nuts in her prison cell) Mefistofele

Mercé dilette (This girl is feeling the joy, about to get married) Verdi

Qui la voce (Let me melt in one of my ultimate favourite arias) Puccini

Ach, ich fühl's (Pamina is not a happy girl right now) Mozart


Ave Maria (Bach or Schubert or Caccini, so choose the one you like the most)

Panis Angelicus (Takes me right back to the choir I sang in when I was 13)

Funiculi Funicula (I can't sing this without thinking of my name Nicola)

0 Sole Mio (if you fancy being serenaded or want a cornetto)

Pie Jesu (Andrew Lloyd Webbers Requiem one)

Abide with me (Nothing like singing a good soppy hymn)

Time to Say Goodbye (Time to do my Sarah Brightman Andrew Lloyd Webber singing thing)

The Merry Widow Waltz (don't be shy if you feel like dancing)

Let the Bright Seraphim (Handel is the tops with this cheery number)


Somewhere Over the Rainbow (There's no place like home)

I Could Have Danced All Night (The lady was certainly fair in this film)

Edelweiss (My sing along musical since the age of 5, and my favourite)

Singin' in the Rain (Get your umbrellas out)

I Got Rhythm (and a whole lot more)

I Have Confidence (Julie Andrews rocks ...)

The Sound of Music Medley (A bit of some of my Julie Andrews faves)

Nella Fantasia (II Divo do a good version of this, also known as Gabriel's Oboe)

A Spoonful of Sugar (it certainly does make the world go round)

S'wonderful (let's go back to Fred and Ginger) Gershwin

Do,Re,Mi (Let's start at the very beginning, it's a very good place to start) The Sound of Music

Don't cry for me Argentina (Evita's famous Madonna number) Lloyd Webber

I have dreamed (very soppy and romantic) Rodgers and Hammerstein

The Sound of Music (The hills are alive) Rodgers and Hammerstein

Feed the Birds (Walt Disney's favourite song from Mary Poppins) Richard M. Sherman

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (listen to me saying it backwards too) Richard M. Sherman

Getting to know you (The King and I) Rodgers and Hammerstein

Pop and the rest...

What a Wonderful World (Louis' famous number)

Imagine (The legend of Lennon)

Angels (Robbie Williams sounds good as opera too)

Amazing Grace (a gospel classic)

Danny Boy (Irish through and through)

Yesterday (The Beatles done opera style)

Your Song (Elton John is my favourite)

Run (The Down to Earth Diva does Leona Lewis, does Snow Patrol)

Only You (a bit of Yazoo if you can remember this one)

Barcelona (Oh, how I've longed to sing this one for years. Monserrat here I come)

All You Need is Love (Sing along if you want)

The Scientist (Never thought I’d sing a bit of Coldplay)

It Don’t Mean a Thing (have you got the swing of Duke Ellington?)

Unchained Melody (I'm all Patrick Swayze with this one and not Robson and Jerome) The Righteous Brothers

All By Myself (Still looking for my Mr. Darcy too) Phil Collins

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Not a cheery one, but a classic none the less) Simon and Garfunkel

I Will Always Love You (Whitney, Whitney, what went wrong?) Dolly Parton



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