Born in Berlin, she completed her degrees in London and at Indiana University, Bloomington, where she studied with Virginia Zeani. She began her first fest engagement at the theater in Osnabrück in 2002, where she developed her repertoire around central Fach roles and garnered particular success as Carmen. As a prizewinner of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg, she sang Klytämnestra in Gluck’s Iphigenie in Aulis, further competition success included the Second Prize and Wagner-Prize at the 2006 Francisco-Viñas Competition, as well as the Orchestra Prize in the 2008 Seattle Opera Wagner Competition.
Her first appearance as Herodias (Salome) at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar in 2006 was followed by a fest engagement unti the end of the 2007/2008 season. Here, she gave her Wagner debuts in the Ring des Nibelungen as Erda (Rheingold), Schwertleite (Walküre), Erda (Siegfried), Waltraute and Second Norn (Götterdämmerung), and was also heard as Federica (Luisa Miller) and Carmen. She remains a regular guest of the DNT and of the Staatskapelle Weimar.
Engagements have also brought the mezzo-soprano to the Glyndebourne Festival, in Barcelona, Paris (Bastille), Madrid, Monte-Carlo, Lisbon, Helsinki, Nancy, Bilbao, St.Étienne, Schwerin, Halle, Lübeck, and Frankfurt, to the Philharmonie Berlin, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, among others. Her large repertoire contains, along with the above mentioned parts, roles such as Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Leokadja Begbick (Mahagonny), Mrs.Quickly (Falstaff), Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Gräfin Helfenstein (Mathis der Maler), Brigitta (Die tote Stadt), Filipyevna (Eugene Onegin), Old Lady (Candide), Duenna (Betrothal in a Monastery), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Mary (Der fliegende Holländer), Old Baroness (Vanessa), Amando (Le grand Macabre), Marthe (Faust), Annina (Der Rosenkavalier), Anita (West Side Story), 6th Flowermaiden/Voice from above (Parsifal), and Maddalena (Rigoletto).
Concerts includes orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Frankfurt Museumorchestra, Weimarer Staatskapelle, Staatskapelle Halle and Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle for works like Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mahler’s Second Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, Bernstein’s Jeremiah-Sympony, Ligeti’s Le grand Macabre, or Berio's Folk Songs. Her conductors include Christoph Eschenbach, Jésus López-Cobos, Michael Boder, Asher Fisch, Lawrence Foster, Lothar Koenigs, George-Alexander Albrecht, Bertrand de Billy, Sebastian Weigle, Daniel Klajner, Robert Spano, Laurent Campellone, Erik Nielsen, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Daniele Callegari, Pietro Rizzo, Dmitri Jurowski, Rani Calderon, Anthony Hermus, Martin Hoff, Daniel Huppert, Joseph Olefirowicz, Carl St.Clair, and Imre Palló, and she has been directed by Michael Schulz, Marco Arturo Marelli, Claus Guth, Olivier Py, Philipp Himmelmann, Carlos Wagner, John Cox, Andreas Baesler, Mariame Clément, and Johannes Koegel-Dorfs.
Future plans for 2012 include a Brahms’ Alto-Rhapsody in Bordeaux and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in Mulhouse. In January, she will appear singing Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été with the Staatskapelle Weimar under Stefan Solyom. 2013 will see her return to the Liceu Barcelona as Erda and Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, and she will make her debut at the Opéra de Marseille in 2015 in Falstaff.
Nadine Weissmann is featured as a guest artist on the Deutsche Grammophon’s CD Duets by Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon, as well as in the entire Weimar Ring-Cycle on DVD and Blu-Ray by Arthaus.