My Story

I’m a Lancashire lass from a pretty working class non-musical background and somehow opera found me at the age of 15 and I haven’t looked back. Since my first lesson when I was given ‘Voi che sapete’ to sing from ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ my whole world changed and I’ve been devoted to singing ever since. I trained for 6 years at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and have been lucky enough to have performed throughout Europe. I’ve worked in Opera houses including Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Dutch National Opera and The Flemish Opera in Antwerp for the last 10 years. It’s even taken me across the water to New York, one of my favourite places and I was featured on Belgian and Dutch TV.

I can honestly say I love being a singer. It gives me many lovely opportunities and I meet so many interesting people from all over the world. What I really love and where my passion lies is singing ‘for the people’. It all started when I began singing on the streets in Antwerp alongside my job at the opera. I soon realised that I can make a difference to someone’s day, (even if it’s only for a short time) and enjoy little chats and interactions along the way too. I’m a people person and I like the direct contact, and at the same time can maybe introduce someone to music they’ve never experienced ‘live’ before.

My slogan is ‘opera for the people’, and I’ve been entertaining people in this way for the last two years (and loving it too). I’ve sung at parties, dinners, private house concerts, for film festivals, for charities, at weddings, funerals and all occasions. I’m there to sing for anyone in whatever situation they would like. I can sing at your party, your dinner, in your garden, at your wedding, in your home, or anywhere else you would like me to sing. I also have a schools package too and can sing on a ‘pay what you like’ basis too if enough people can be organised to come and listen and donate at the end. It’s all about YOU, the people!!!!

All I need is a place to sing and an audience and I’m all yours, ready to please ‘the people’. I can be a surprise, it can be formal or informal (still got my ball gowns), and I now have my ‘Song Menu’ for anyone who wants to choose themselves what they want me to sing (design your own concert), prior to me turning up or at the event itself. It’s full of a mixture of Opera, Musicals and Pop (or Popera as I say), so there’s something for everyone. I even take requests should there be a special song not on my list.

I’m really proud of what I’m doing and look forward to many more great experiences singing for people in the future. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, and have a listen and look round, and check out my blog.

Music

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).

Opera

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

Classical

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)

Musicals

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

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 (takes me right back to karaoke time as a student) Whitney Houston

Events

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Contact

+44 7838360195
iamnicolamills@hotmail.com