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© 2015 Nina Garguilo | All rights reserved.

Originally from Memphis, Nina Cole has been performing and teaching in the Phoenix area since 2011. Most recently, she performed as Sarah in Harrower Opera's Ballad of Baby Doe. In 2016, she performed her “Southern Comfort” recital series in New York City and Brooklyn. She has also performed roles including Despina (Così fan tutte) Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Bellomy (The Fantasticks), and Fleta (Iolanthe) and Maria (West Side Story). In the summer of 2013, Nina sang the title role in Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank at the Mittelsächsisches Theater in Freiberg, Germany.

In addition to opera and musical theatre performances, Nina has been featured in many choral works. While obtaining her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi, Nina was a soloist for Ola Gjeilo’s “Tundra” and his premieres of “Liberation of Ellisbell” and “New York I & II”. In 2012, she began work as a professional chorister with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. In 2015, Nina was the featured soprano soloist in Brahms’ Ein deutches Requiem. Winning ‘Best Choral Performance’ on the album Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil, Nina also shared in the 2015 Grammy Award. She completed the Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance at Arizona State University in 2017, where she held assistantship from 2013-2015.  Since then, she has been teaching voice and actively recruiting at Phoenix College.

Nina loves helping singers of all ages and abilities and aims to instill confidence in her students, whether they be learning new techniques or preparing for stage performance. She finds joy in exploring style and traits of American music, especially dialect, and she seeks to promote American Opera, Art Song, and Broadway repertoire in her own work as well as in her teaching. 

Listen

Pretty Saro

Appalachian Songbook II- Kenneth Frazelle

Queenie's Song

Second Hurricane  - Aaron Copland

Night

Florence B. Price

Give Me No Body Without Your Soul

William Grant Still

Je t'aime

Isabelle Albouker

 A Song Without Words

Charles Brown

Les Cigales

Emmanuel Chabrier

The Electric Acid Kool-Aid Immersion

Southern Comfort  - Doug Borwick

 O Holy Night

Adolphe Adam

Press Kit

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Repertoire

Opera
 
COPLAND | The Second Hurricane - Queenie*
FLOYD | Susannah - Susannah*
FRID, G | Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank - Anne Frank
HANDEL | Giulio Cesare - Cleopatra*
MASSENET | Cendrillon - Noémie*
MENOTTI | The Medium - Monica*
MENOTTI | The Telephone - Lucy*
MOORE | The Ballad of Baby Doe - Baby Doe
MOZART | Così fan tutte - Despina
MOZART | Der Schauspieldirektor - Madame Herz
MOZART | Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Blonde*
MOZART | Die Zauberflöte - Pamina*
MOZART | Idomeneo - Ilia*
PUCCINI | Gianni Schicchi - Lauretta
RAVEL | L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Le Feu*
STILL, W G | Blue Steel - Neola*
VERDI | Falstaff - Nannetta*
VERDI | Rigoletto - Gilda*
Concert | Oratorio
 
BARBER | Knoxville: Summer of 1915
BRAHMS | Requiem: Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit
CHAUSSON | Op. 37 Chanson Perpétuelle 
HANDEL | Messiah
MEDTNER, NIKOLAI | Sonata: Vocalise in C
MEDTNER, NIKOLAI | Sonata: Vocalise in F minor
MOZART | Exsultate jubilate
MOZART | Vorrei spiegarvi, O Dio
SCHUBERT | Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
VILLA-LOBOS | Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
VIVALDI | Gloria
 
 
Musical Theatre | Operetta
BERNSTEIN| Candide - Cunegonde*
BERNSTEIN | West Side Story - Maria
JONES, TOM | The Fantasticks! - Bellomy
GILBERT & SULLIVAN | Iolanthe - Fleta
GILBERT & SULLIVAN | Pirates of Penzance - Mabel*
SONDHEIM | Sweeney Todd  - Johanna*
WEILL | Down in the Valley - Jenny*
WEILL | Threepenny Opera - Polly Peachum*
 
*suggested repertoire
 

Contact

Studio

Nina has performed a wide variety of genres, including opera, jazz, musical theatre, classical, pop, and sacred music. She has found that solid vocal technique, emotional expression, and confidence are necessary qualities for performing in any genre. These skills are not inherited, and can be acquired and improved with practice and guidance. Nina's goal is to use science-based teaching to help students build their instrument, feel confident, and experience a personal connection to the music.
 
Nina teaches students of all ages and at all levels of ability in the Phoenix area. Please use the contact form below to inqure about lessons.