With her special interest in creative interpretations of classical compositions and an innovative approach to live performance, Amsterdam-based singer Nora Fischer has been developing an adventurous performance practice. Using her voice as a versatile instrument, she performs music from the 16th century up to the numerous compositions that have been written for her today. Nora is passionate about new music and has been working with artists and composers in this scene such as JacobTV, Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, Michel van der Aa and the Kronos String Quartet.
Nora initially studied classical singing at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, but left the school early to broaden her vocal technique at the Complete Vocal Institute in Copenhagen. This course enabled her to use her voice in a larger variation of musical genres. In 2013 she graduated from the Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. Nora also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Musicology and Philosophy, completed at the University of Amsterdam in 2009.
In recent years, Nora has developed a world-wide performance practice. A few examples: In 2011 Nora initiated a performance of the folk music based composition Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov, performed by the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble. The performance was enriched by visuals and has been performed at various venues and festivals such as November Music and Into the Great Wide Open. Since October 2012 she plays one of the main parts in the reality opera The News by avant-pop composer JacobTV; a multimedia performance critically highlighting our media driven society. In 2014 Nora collaborated with composer Calliope Tsoupaki at the Holland Festival, singing a world premiere staged by Pierre Audi.
In October 2013 Nora had the honour to fill an entire episode of the TV-show Vrije Geluiden, with a selection of projects she was working on at the time.
Nora also regularly performs solo concerts singing baroque, classical and contemporary vocal repertoire; ranging from straight-forward concert programmes to theatrical performances and genre-crossing collaborations