The American soprano and voice teacher, Idas Nicolsi, holds both her Bachelors in Music Education and her Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. In the fall of 2003, she moved to Kansas City to pursue an artist certificate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has been an adjunct voice instructor at the conservatory of music for the past four years. She completed apprenticeships with the Des Moines Metro Opera (where she later joined their educational outreach troupe, Opera Iowa) and the Janiec Opera Company.
Ida Nicolosi has sung with the Spoletto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival in NYC, Kansas City Puccini Festival, Opera Iowa, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Educational Outreach Troupe, The Gotham Chamber Opera, The Des Moines Metro Opera, Brevard Music Center, Blacksburg Master Chorale, and the Kansas City Civic Opera. She has performed a variety of roles including Lisette in La Rondine, La Rana in La bella dormente nel bosco, Despina in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Pamina in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Sister Constance in Francis Poulenc's The Dialogues of the Carmelites, Susanna in W.A. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Lucy in The Telephone. Ida Nicolosi recently sang the role of Lisette with the Kansas City Puccini Festival last May and is currently singing for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City's educational opera troupe this season.
Equally excelling in opera, oratorio, and early music, Ida Nicolosi has performed the soprano solos for such works as J.S. Bach's B-Minor Mass (BWV 232) and St. John Passion (BWV 245), George Frideric Handel's Dixit Dominus, W.A. Mozart's Solemn Vespers, Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass, Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Schubert's Mass in G, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem. She is also a sought-after performer of contemporary music and her recent performances of Olivier Messiaen's Poemes pour Mi and George Crumb’s Apparitions received high acclaim. As a choral musician, she has sung with Armonia Early Music Ensemble, KC Collegium Vocale, and is currently a member of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers.
Ida Nicolosi taught voice at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for five years shortly after pursuing an artist diploma in opera performance. She currently teaches courses in music education, music appreciation, and studio voice at Pepperdine University.