"..the quality of the music making was compelling as we were increasingly aware of fusion of subtly changing colours and dynamics of independent parts. And on top of this was your gift of using your voice, facial expressions and discreet body language to convey the changing emotions and moods the songs demanded. The music came alive... I have never heard a better performance of Shepherd on the Rock, live or on disc"
Alan Lovell, Promoter, Moffat Music Society, about Nina's Schubert recital with Afton Strings on October 4th, 2013.
The full letter can be read here
Nina Kopparhed, soprano
Nina is an emerging professional full lyric coloratura soprano.
She made her professional debut in November 2011, singing Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate with the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra
and her operatic debut in August 2012 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Aria Alba. Nina has since been asked to join the company as a regular soloist and has performed the role of Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with the company at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) in August 2014. She will also join Aria Alba for their 2015 Fringe project "Aria Alba goes Office".
Nina reprised the role of Susanna with a new professional company, VoiceArc, in March, 2015 and has already been booked to sing Zerbinetta (Ariadne aus Naxos) and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) with the same company during the 2015-2016 season, as well as a tour of Le Nozze di Figaro, and their Fringe project "Figaro Fugit": a version of Le Nozze in 70 minutes.
Nina is also booked to sing the role of Olympia with Opera Camerata in October 2015
Aside from opera, Nina is also working as a recitalist, oratorio soloist and sings for weddings and corporate work: recent corporate clients include Chivas Royal Salute and Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh.
Nina also performed a recital onboard the Cruise ship Saga "Sapphire" in February 2015: please see Nina's recordings page for shiny, new videos of the performance.
Nina has also participated in the following short courses: the Co-Opera Co Easter Development Programme , (Jan-Apr 2013) the National Opera Studio Opera intensive Course (August 2013) and the New London Opera Players Performance and Communication course (March 2014). Nina is really looking forward to returning to the National Opera Studio to take part of their Opera Intensive Course for the second time in June this year (2015)
Nina was a choral scholar (at Nacka Musikklasser) in her teens but then concentrated on her viola playing: she gained a BMus(Hons) and PGDip from the Birmingham Conservatoire, studying with Rivka Golani. During her studies, Nina took part in the CBSO Training Scheme and received a Young Cygnet Award.
Nina then worked for many years as a professional viola player: in the UK, Nina has freelanced with orchestras such as the RSNO and Scottish Ballet, as well as freelance orchestras such as the English Heritage Orchestra, English Festival Orchestra, Raymond Gubbay, Bampton Opera (Principal Viola) and many others.
Nina was also a keen chamber musician, playing with ensembles such as the Solaris quartet, the Britton Quintet, Permira Ensemble and the Midgard Ensemble (US based).
Nina's next appearance as a singer was in 2006 when she was working as principal viola with an orchestra in Brazil. During a tour of Bolivia the soprano soloist was taken ill on the day of a concert and Nina was asked to step in at the last minute, not having performed as a singer since her choral scholar days. Her performance was well received and she was asked back to perform several more times as a soprano soloist with the orchestra.
When Nina returned to the UK in 2008 she started having singing lessons with the internationally renowned soprano, Judith Howarth, all the time continuing her work as a freelance viola player.
Recently, Nina has also had consultation lessons with Dr Nell Drew (Edinburgh) and Neil Baker (London).
Nina still freelances as a violinist and viola player, mostly as a chamber musician, which she has always had a passion for.
Nina also teaches: she holds positions of Upper Strings teacher at Dollar Academy (1 day/week) and at RCS MusicWorks (North Ayrshire Strings, 1 evening/week).
Until March 2014, Nina worked as a violin teacher at Hill House International School, Knightsbridge, London.