"..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 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 Aria Alba as a regular soloist: she performed the role of Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with the company in 2013 and will appear as The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at the Edinburgh Fringe this August (2014).
Nina will reprise the role of Susanna with a new professional company, VoiceArc, in November 2014 and is already booked to sing Zerbinetta (Ariadne aus Naxos) and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) in 2015 with the same company.
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)
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 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.
Nina still freelances as a violinist and viola player and also teaches: she is a Upper Strings cover teacher at Dollar Academy and RCS MusicWorks. Until March 2014, Nina also worked as a violin teacher at Hill House International School, Knightsbridge.