In thirty years of competitions, Nicolettas's singing of "O mio babbino caro" was the best we have ever heard!
-The Schmidt Family
Her singing was heart-breakingly beautiful…I had goosebumps.
-Schmidt Competition Judge, Rose Marie Freni
If you close your eyes, you cannot imagine the voice you are hearing is coming from a sixteen year old. Her depth of expression, her musical line, and her phrasing far surpass her years.
-Schmidt Competition Judge and International
Opera star, Frank Lapardo
I was very impressed by Nicoletta's voice. She has a wonderful color and very good style. Hearing Nicoletta made me think about the young Anna Moffo, who was one of the most astonishing sopranos ever.
-Italian Tenor, Matteo Sartini
18 year old Nicoletta Julia Berry, soprano, was born in Monroe, Georgia. Her parents first noticed her singing ability at the age of five. That same year, she sang in public for the first time (Mariah Carey's Hero) at community fundraiser and subsequently sang for many other programs in the area. At the age of 14, she took an interest in opera after hearing Montserrat Caballé on the internet. Thereafter, she began intensive training with her father. In 2013, she began vocal training with soprano Michelle Trovato. In July of 2013 she was the youngest singer to be invited to sing for the vocal Master Class with Soprano Alexandra Deshorties and Tenor Matteo Sartini. Miss Berry also had the great opportunity to sing for Montserrat Caballé in September of 2013 at her Master Classes in Zaragoza, Spain. In June of 2014 Nicoletta was accepted to the Julliard Pre-college division for 2014-2015 and she also won First Place in the Schmidt Youth Vocal Competition in Washington, DC. The quotes below are from the judges and notable professional musicians.
Nicoletta graduated from The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division in May of 2016 and will be attending the Manhattan School of Music in September, 2016.