"Tamora Pellikka, as Nicklausse, brightened the stage and interceded for Hoffman at critical moments with her rich, creamy mezzo and an engaging, witty stage personality. Her transformation at the conclusion of the opera, from a saucy young man into a beautiful and elegant Muse, was quite remarkable and worth the wait."
"Of particular note was Tamora Pellikka’s rather disciplinary use of a riding crop as Prince Orlofsky. Glasses were shattered, not just due to her luscious sound, but to her commitment to her role. Don’t worry though — it was consensual, and the audience ate it up."
Tamora Pellikka was immersed in music at a very early age as both her parents worked at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She began studying voice at the age of six and performed with numerous choirs in Europe before moving to the United States at age 15 to attend Interlochen Arts Academy where she majored in voice. She graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a B.M. in Opera/Vocal Performance. Ms. Pellikka debuted in her first full length opera at the age of twelve, singing Belinda in Dido and Aeneas in Shepton Mallet, England. Continuing to excel vocally, Ms. Pellikka was awarded a full scholarship to study music and linguistics in Florence, Italy where she continued to garner notice and interest from the opera world. She made her debut as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice.
Progressing as a young artist, Ms. Pellikka made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony in a Christmas concert and was a finalist in the New West Symphony's Young Artist Competition. She was accepted into the Young Artist Program with Opera Santa Barbara in 2009, performing in Carmen and The Merry Widow. That summer she performed with the Rossini Festival Orchestra in Mercatello sul Metauro and Cagli, Italy as Meg Page in Falstaff and the Abbess in Suor Angelica. She was a guest artist in 2010 at UCSB performing Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte and made her Celestial Opera debut as the Monitor in Suor Angelica and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi in 2011. In the fall of 2011 she returned to Dido and Aeneas, this time in the title role. In 2012 Ms. Pellikka sang her first Russian role as Olga in Eugene Onegin.
Additional opera and musical roles performed include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Mercedes in Carmen, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Nicklausse/The Muse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Madame Peep in P.D.Q. Bach's Oedipus Tex and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She has participated in the Professional Program at Songfest in Malibu three times, where she has worked with composers Jake Heggie, John Harbison and Ricky Ian Gordon; as well as the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
For two years Ms. Pellikka toured nationally with The Irish Christmas Show. She has appeared on an episode of Hell's Kitchen and sung for President Ronald Reagan.