Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence

Our 2016-17 Artists in Residence

Opera Memphis' Artist-in-Residence program is established in partnership with the University of Memphis Artist Diploma Program.


Nikola Printz


Mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz is known for her rich voice and theatrical stage presence. Her recent engagements include The Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen) with West Edge Opera and a reprisal of the role of Unsere Mama (Uksus) at the Oakland Metro Opera house. Other performances include the title role of Carmen with Shreveport Opera and New Rochelle Opera, the cover of Juno/Ino in Handels Semele with Opera Omaha, Olga (Eugene Onegin) with West Bay Opera, Emma (Zelmira) and Erika (Vanessa) with West Edge Opera, Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) and Giovanna (Rigoletto) with Opera San José, Alisa (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Livermore Valley Opera. Equally at home in musical theater, she has recently appeared as Velma Louise Cole in the immersive musical-drama Speakeasy with Boxcar Theatre in 2014; a role she will reprise this role in 2017 with the Company. She also often performs in Bay Area jazz clubs and illicit speakeasy bars.Ms. Printz holds a bachelor’s degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Living in Oakland, CA, she spends her time being an utter 3rd wave coffee snob, listening to 80s punk rock, running and hiking, playing small stringed instruments, and riding her baby---her 1983 KZ750, named Erda.