Austrian-American mezzo-soprano Angelika Nair possesses a voice with a very warm and unique mezzo timbre and infuses her roles “with aching beauty and a mesmerizing focus” (Word Press).
Ms. Nair immigrated to the US and is now furthering her international singing career. She made her Salzburg (Austria) debut as the mezzo soloist in Mozart´s “Grand“ c-minor Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral where she performed along with an international choir and the Cathedral Orchestra (members of the Mozarteum). Recent performances include the roles of Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), 3rd Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Madame de la Haltiere (Cendrillon), Abbess, Monitor, Mistress of Novices (Suor Angelica), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana) and soloed among others in Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Bach’s St. John Passion, Magnificat, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem and Brahms’s Alto-Rhapsody. She is currently scheduled for recitals throughout New York, New Jersey as well as Europe.
Equally expert at music from the Baroque era to contemporary music, she has performed as a soloist with orchestra, in opera roles and song recitals through Austria, Italy and Germany and made two CD-Recordings of traditional Austrian Hirten- und Krippenlieder (Sheppard and Manger Songs). Of particular distinction is a solo recital in her native city of Graz (Austria) in January 2014. The Styrian Tone Arts Association has invited Ms. Nair to perform an entire program of world premieres of works by contemporary Austrian composers. She impressed with a "lyrical, expressive and virtuous performance" and made this evening a "musical experience at the highest level" (Journal of the SAA). A CD “Von Kindern, Königen und Krokodilen” of this recital has just been released.
In addition, Ms. Nair toured Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Canada and USA as a member of chamber vocal ensembles such as the Styrian Chamber Ensemble, Robert Stolz Ensemble and I Quindici Cantanti. With the latter she performed at the opening of the Styriarte Festival and followed with concerts at the Salzburg Festival at the Schloss Hellbrunn. In addition, Ms. Nair sang in Masterclasses with Frederica von Stade, Nico Castel, Mo. William Vendice as well as in workshops with Colin Mason, Eric Ericson and Ward Swingle. Ms. Nair studied voice and conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz as well as musicology (PhD) at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz. She continued her professional vocal study with Garyth Nair and William Riley and teaches an extensive voice studio as an Adjunct Voice Professor at Drew University, the College Saint Elizabeth as well as Guest Lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria.
With a background in Taiji and Qi Gong, Dr. Nair researches and specializes the use of voice technology and kinesthetic and pioneered the practical use and implications of ultrasound as biofeedback as an addition to spectrography in vocal pedagogy. She has conducted groundbreaking research - commenced in cooperation with her late husband Garyth Nair - investigating the physiology of the Low Mandible Maneuver (drop of the posterior mandible) and its ramifications for resonance production, as well as the rehabituation of tongue shapes required for all phonemes in high-ranking singers using MRI, ultrasound and spectrographic techniques [The Low-Mandible-Maneuver and its Resonential Implications of Elite Singers. 2016 Journal of Voice]. This work has led to Dr. Nair writing a book The Secret Life of Consonants (Compton, to be published by summer 2018) and her presenting papers and workshops worldwide.