A particular delight was the fact that we had the premiere of Canadian Boat Song by none other than the first violinist, Mark Wilson, in which he accompanied his wife, Nina Kopparhed, who sang it beautifully.
Yorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland had written a song setting especially for this concert, a poised and poignant piece entitled A Dream Within A Dream.The words, by Edgar Allan Poe, were again exquisitely rendered by Nina.Nina really came into her own in her performance of three songs by Frank Bridge...The standard throughout was extraordinarily fine both musically and technically
The role of Olympia gives Nina Kopparhed a chance to show off her very impressive range as a coloratura soprano as well as some effective comedy
..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
Nina's next performance:
Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 19:00, Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey
Recital, Nina Kopparhed, Soprano and Ezra Williams, piano
Programme to include operatic favourites as well as a selection of popular Lieder and a few surprises.
Composers: Puccini, Mozart, Bridge, Donizetti, Rachmaninoff.
Nina Kopparhed, soprano
Nina made her professional UK singing debut in November 2011, performing Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate with the Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, and has since been busy as a oratorio soloist and giving recitals in both England and Scotland.
Highlights include a recital onboard the Cruise ship Saga "Sapphire" in February 2015, as well as recitals for the Moffat and Dumfries music societies and the Harrow and St Paul's Summer Music Festivals.
oratorio solos include the Handel Messiah, Handel: Dixit Dominus,
Mozart Requiem, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Vaughan Williams Mass and Bach: Magnificat.
Since then, Nina has been cast in a number of operatic roles: In the 2015-16 season, Nina sang in VoiceArc's Fringe Debut, Figaro Fugit (Figaro in 70 minutes, again as Susanna), performed the role of Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte), Die Konigin der Nacht (Die Zauberflote), and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring).
Roles in the 2016-17 season include:
The Governess (Britten: Turn of the Screw), Secret Opera, performances July, October and December 2016
Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) VoiceArc, performances September 2016,
Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) Secret Opera, performances September, October and December 2016
Zerbinetta and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) VoiceArc, performances November 2016,
Marianne (Der Rosenkavalier - abridged performance), Secret Opera, December 2016,
Sophie (Cover) (Der Rosenkavalier - abridged performance) Secret Opera, December 2016
Zerlina (Don Giovanni) VoiceArc, performances May 2017.
(more details of Nina's operatic work can be found on Nina's Opera page)
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 June 2015) and
the New London Opera Players Performance and Communication course (March 2014).
Hoxton Opera Studio 2016 (May - July 2016)
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.
Since 2014, Nina is also had studying with Dr Nell Drew (Edinburgh).
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 a position at RCS MusicWorks (North Ayrshire Strings, 1 evening/week). and is a deputy upper strings tutor at Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire.