Corinn Fulton, General & Theatrical Director
Mrs. Bonita Keene, Musical Consultant & Liason
Bree Nichols, Co-Founder & Former General Director
Bree Nichols, Co-Founder of Stafford Opera Troupe, is an operatic soprano, vocal educator, an innovator in community opera advocacy. Last season, she traveled to the Czech Republic to perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater before touring the state of Texas as the Fox in Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky, igniting a passion for Czech opera and art song that began with her 2016 performance as Mařenka in Prodaná nevěsta. Bree recently debuted as Gilda in Rigoletto with Capitol City Opera and is also an avid interpreter of song repertoire, performing Strauss’ Brentano Lieder and Milhaud’s Quatre Chansons de Ronsard in the past season. Her career has taken her to the stages of Symphony of the Mountains, Capitol City Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera on the James, Appalachian Opera Theatre, and more. Recent roles include Béatrice in Roussel’s rarely performed comic opera Le testament de la tante Caroline, Nedda in Pagliacci, Jennie in Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Despina in Così fan tutte, and Valencienne in The Merry Widow.
Bree Nichols is a passionate advocate for community opera, where her performance expertise informs her leadership in shaping the next generation of musicians. She is a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she teaches a studio of undergraduate voice and music majors. She earned her Master of Music degree from University of Georgia and her Bachelor of Music from Liberty University, whose School of Music noted her as an outstanding alumna in 2018 (Liberty News). During her graduate studies, Bree has taught voice lessons at three universities (Appalachian State University, University of Georgia, and University of North Texas) as well as voice classes and vocal diction for music education majors. She currently calls the state of Texas home, where she lives and frequently performs with her husband, Jason Nichols. Visit website.