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Nancy Bliss Estes


Nancy Bliss Estes

Associate Faculty, Music

Class Voice; Music Appreciation; Applied Music Instruction

Norco College School of Visual & Performing Arts

Nancy Bliss Estes has had a varied 35 yr. musical career as a mezzo-soprano and music educator. She has sung major leading operatic and compramaria roles (Dorabella, Suzuki, Hansel, The Old Lady {Babar the Elephant}, the Mother {Amahl and the Night Visitors}, La Ciesca {Gianni Schicci}, Rosette {Manon}) with various Southland companies (Guild Opera of Los Angeles, Five Penny Opera, Lyric Opera of Orange County) and has appeared as a guest artist with the CSU Fullerton Opera Department in the title role of Carmen and as Madame de Croissey in Dialogues of the Carmelites. As a featured mezzo-soprano soloist with the Overture Company, the community outreach ensemble of Orange County’s regional opera company, Opera Pacific, she toured Southern California in opera education programs.

In addition, she has been a contracted staff singer with the following symphonic/chamber/opera and professional choruses: Pacific Chorale, William Hall Master Chorale, the John Alexander Singers, Opera Pacific (AGMA chorister), and the Crystal Cathedral Choir.

She has been privileged to sing under numerous international conductors/composers such as John Mauceri, Pierre Boulez, Anton Coppola, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and John Debney in venues such Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles Music Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Voiceover work has included SAG/AFTRA TV commercials (Zenith TV, TRW Systems, Yes Detergent) as well as for the Las Vegas Hilton’s production of JAMBIRDEE (located in the Benihana Restaurant on site). Showcased as a soloist, she has recorded for the following commercial labels: Musical Heritage Society, Takoma, Gothic and Pacific Chorale.

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