"..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. Nina has since been asked to join the company as a regular soloist: she performed Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) with the company in 2013 and is booked for singing The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer (2014).
Nina will also sing the role of Susanna with a new professional company, VoiceArc, in September 2014 and is 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 still freelances as a violinist and viola player and also teaches.