Nicole Youl gained a Diploma of Arts in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied singing with Dame Joan Hammond. In 1991, Miss Youl won the Herald-Sun Aria after which she travelled to London for further study. She was a finalist in the 1994 Placido Domingo World Operalia competition in Mexico City and won both the Metropolitan Opera Awards in 1995 and the Rome Opera Award in 1996. She also won the Australian Singing Competition’s Opera Awards in 2002.
Miss Youl made her mark as a soprano in the works of Verdi and Puccini – she performed the title role in Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia), Mimi in La bohème (OA, Opera Queensland, Paiz Festival in Guatemala), title role in Tosca (OA, Victorian State Opera), Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi (OA), Giorgetta in Il Tabarro (OA), title role in Suor Angelica (OA), Liu in Turandot (OA), Leonora in Il Trovatore (OA, WAO), Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera (OA). Other roles include Elsa in Lohengrin (OA), Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana (WAO, OA), Leonore in Fidelio (OA, SOSA), Micaela in Carmen (OA, OQ and WAO), Grimgerde the Die Walküre (OA), Diane in Iphigenie en Tauride (OA), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (VSO), First Lady in The Magic Flute (OA) and Die Vertraute and Die Vierte Maid in Elektra (Teatro dell' opera di Roma).
On the concert platform, Nicole has performed as soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 & 8, Verdi’s Requiem, Rachmaninov’s The Bells, Bruckner’s Te Deum and Strauss’ Four Last Songs as well as many an opera gala with the major Australian orchestras. She sang Wellgunde in Götterdämmerung and Tove in Gurrelieder for the Perth Festival, Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with WASO and Ortlinde in Die Walküre for the Sydney Symphony.
Nicole has recently made the exciting move back to mezzo soprano, where she started when a student, and has sung the mezzo solos in Beethoven 9 and The Trillion Souls (Hamilton with QSO, 'Erbarme dich, mein Gott' in concert with SSO, and the role of Grimgerde in Die Walküre with OA.
Having just relocated to Perth, Nicole is delighted to have taken up a position as classical voice teacher at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).