Saturday, January 22nd, 2022, 19:30
St James's Piccadilly
The Pirates of Penzance
Musical Director: Derek Carden
Stage Director: Stephen Roe
Nina will sing the role of Edith in this fun production of the Pirate of Penzance.
Cast: Mabel: Catrin Lewis; Frederic: Alex Haigh; Major General Stanley: Anthony Sales; The Pirate King: Leon Berger; Ruth: Sarah Tyler; The Sergeant of Police: Annette Dumville. Police, Pirates and Daughters: Nina Kopparhed, Kathleen Linton-Ford, Ruth Beckmann, Stephen Roe, David Banbury, Randy Nichol, Robert Sales, Stephen Parish.
[Nina] and [Neil] did an amazing job! I'm very fortunate to work with such great musicians and advocates of new music
Anthony Esland regarding Nina Kopparhed and Neil Crossland giving the premiere of his song cycle "The Amherst Chronicles", September 2019. Source: Twitter
The second half of the evening was a production of the Mozart medley A Night in Vienna. Set in the reception area of the Vienna Grand Hotel and including songs from Mozart’s most famous Operas: Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, Cosi fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro.
Two men vie for the love of one woman and use all the tricks in the book to win her. Aidan Coburn, Nick Dwyer and Nina Kopparhed are all wonderful and the English libretto by Pamela Schermann is at times hilarious.
I particularly loved the updated Don Giovanni excerpt where his past conquests are revealed by scrolling through his Facebook! Brilliantly acted by all three performers and Aidan Coburn’s singing is so beautiful I was almost moved to tears.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening.
about TimeZone Theatre's A Night in Vienna, May 2017
Some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard!... Outstanding performances by Nina and Neil
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 working as an oratorio soloist, recitalist and opera singer. Nina has given performances in England, Scotland, Sweden, Italy, Brazil and Bolivia.
Recent oratorio solos include: Handel: Dixit Dominus, Mendelssohn: Elijah, Haydn: Creation, Handel: Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Vaughan Williams Mass, Charpentier: Te Deum and Bach: Magnificat.
Nina made her operatic debut in August 2012 as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and her Professional operatic debut, again as Susanna, with a new company, VoiceArc, in March, 2015.
Recent roles include:
Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Dec 2021/Jan 2022;
1st Lady (The Magic Flute), May 2021; Ilia (Idomeneo): Rose Opera, Oct 2019,
Celia (Iolanthe), Nov 2019; Brigitta (Iolanta), Rose Opera, Mar 2019; Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), OCMC, Jun 2018; Lucia (Nino Rota: I due Timidi), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), the Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), as well as "Zerlina" in Time Zone Theatre's Mozart Medley "A Night in Vienna" on Tour. Since 2021, Nina is also a guest artist with the online opera company Scenic Opera.
more details of Nina's operatic work can be found on Nina's Opera page
Nina also has a passion for contemporary music, and recently performed as part of the world premiere of "Invisible Effect", written by Platon Buravicky, choreographed by Kirill Burlov. It was written for the Baltic100, and features contemporary ballet, accompanied by soprano, clarinet, cello and piano (and percussion, played by all of the musicians). It was performed at the Pleasance Theatre in September 2018. Recent premieres of song cycles include Anthony Esland's "The Amherst Chronicles in 2019" and Neil Crossland's "Songs of Travel and Rest" in 2018, both at the Harrow Summer Music Festival.
Nina will be recording Anthony Esland's The Amherst Chronicles in April 2020.
Photo credit: Sussie Mellstedt
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.
Other previous teachers include Dr Nell Drew (Edinburgh) and Neil Howlett (London), and a MAsterclass with Deborah York (2020, through OPB).
Singe April 2020, Nina is having coaching sessions with James Black.
Singing Courses include the National Opera Studio (Opera intensive course, 2015), Hoxton Opera Studio (2016), Melofonetica intensive course in Italy (2018), and Opera Programs Berlin (2020): Historical Performance Program 1580-1750.
Nina still freelances as a violinist and viola player, mostly as a chamber musician, which she has always had a passion for.
Photo credit: Sussie Mellstedt
Nina has over 15 years of teaching experience. Nina holds an impressive 100% pass rate at ABRSM exams: many of her students also achieve merits or distinctions.
Since January 2016, Nina teaches both singing and and violin/viola privately in London, please contact her for more information.
Since September 2020, Nina also teaches the Violin in St Mary's RC Primary School, Chiswick.
Previous teaching positions include:
2015-16 RCS MusicWorks (North Ayrshire Strings),
2015-16 Deputy upper strings tutor at Dollar Academy, Clackmannanshire.Upper String Tutor, Hill House International Junior School, London (2001-2005, 2014-15)