"..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.
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Nina Kopparhed, soprano
Nina’s career until 2012 was that of a professional viola player (freelancing with UK orchestras such as the RSNO and Scottish Ballet).
Nina was a choral scholar in her teens but didn’t sing again until 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. 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 Judith Howarth, all the time continuing her work as a freelance viola player and gradually building up her singing profile in the UK.
Since 2012 Nina has focused her career on being a professional singer, making her operatic debut in August 2012 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Aria Alba. She has since been asked to join the company as a regular soloist: upcoming roles include Belinda (Dido and Aeneas); reprising the role of Susanna in a tour of Le Nozze di Figaro; The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte). Nina will also sing the role of Susanna with a new professional company, VoiceArc, in August 2014 and Zerbinetta in Ariadne aus Naxos in Edinburgh in 2015 with the same
Since January 2013, Nina is based in London as well as Scotland and in spring this year she took part in the Co-Opera Co Easter Development Programme where she performed Suor Osmina (Suor Angelica) and covered the role of 2nd Touriere.
In August this year Nina also took part in the National Opera Studio Opera intensive Course in London where she received coaching from, amongst others, Della Jones, Bruno Ravella and took part in Masterclasses with Mark Shanahan and Kathryn Harries.
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 still freelances as a violinist and viola player; she also teaches the violin at the Hill House International Junior School, Knightsbridge, London.