Born in Arco (Trentino), Ulivieri graduated from the “Conservatorio di Bolzano” under Vito Maria Brunetti.

In 1993 he made his debut with “I Quattro Rusteghi” at Aslico in Milan.
In 1995 he won the concourse at the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale Adriano Belli in Spoleto, in 1996 the prize “Premio Musica Riva”, and in 1997 the TV competition “Vincerò”.
In Italy he sang in theaters and festivals such as Scala di Milano, Comunale di Firenze, Massimo di Palermo, Fenice di Venezia, Festival Rossini di Pesaro, Comunale di Bologna, Carlo Felice di Genova, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, San Carlo di Napoli, Regio di Torino, Verdi di Trieste, Comunale di Ferrara, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Reggio Emilia, Trento, Bolzano, Filarmonico di Verona, Olimpico di Vicenza, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Teatro dell’opera di Roma, Petruzzelli di Bari.
Abroad he sang in theaters and festivals such as Festival of Salzburg, Metropolitan Opera of New York, Liceu of Barcelona, Festival of Dresda, Welsh National Opera, La Coruna, Royal Philarmonic, Munchener Kammerorchester, Philharmonie of Munich, Festival of Edimburgou, Festival de Canarias, Festival of Lugano, Festival of Wexford, Wiener Konzerthaus, Theater an der Wien, Festival of Aix-en-Provence, Festival of Radio France et Montpellier, Lyon, Tokyo, Bruxelles, Klagenfurt, Oporto, Koeln, Opera di Graz, Staatsoper di Amburgo, Radio France, Las Palmas, Tenerife, El Escorial de Madrid, Teatro Nacional and Teatro Real de Madrid, Tel Aviv, São Carlos- Lisbon, Teatro Colón di Buenos Aires, Saint Paul (MN), Beijing National Grand Theatre, Los Angeles Opera.

Nicola Ulivieri has been directed by Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnancourt, Lu Jia, Daniele Gatti, Jesùs Lopez Cobos, Andras Schiff, Daniel Harding, Andrea Battistoni, Donato Renzetti, daniele Rustioni, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Carlo Rizzi, Jonathan Web, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Gianandrea Noseda, Corrado Rovaris, Ottavio Dantone, Victor Pablo Perez, Alain Lombard, Jordi Savall, Alberto Zedda, Bruno Campanella, Fabio Luisi, Michele Mariotti, Marcello Viotti, Zubin Mehta, John Nescling, James Conlon, Kent Nagano, Louis Langrée, Evelino Pidò and Maurizio Benini.
He has worked with several directors, such as: Peter Brook, Robert Carsen, Tony Servillo, Piera Degli Esposti, Ettore Scola, Mario Martone, Michele Placido, Leo De Berardinis, Daniele Abbado, Ermanno Olmi, Mario Pontiggia, Davide Livermore, Joan Font (els Comediants), Michael Hampe, Pier’Alli and Jonathan Miller.

In 2006 he obtained Premio Abbiati, a prestigious prize from the Italian critics recognising Ulivieri’s interpretations of Mozart.