May 4th: 19:30, Bruntsfield Evangelical Church, Edinburgh
Aria Alba "Aria Springs Anew"
An evening of operatic scenes and arias.
Nina will sing:
Bellini: Ah! non credea mirarti- ah, non giunge (La Sonnambula)
Purcell: Shake the cloud (as part of the first scene of Dido and Aeneas: Aria Alba's upcoming Fringe production where Nina will sing Belinda)
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; Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte).
Nina is currently taking part in the Co-Opera Company Easter Development Programme.
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).
"I normally don't like to single anything, or anyone, out but norms have to be set aside on occasion. I really thought the Exsultate Jubilate was in every way exceptional, as fine a performance as I have heard in many a day, the soloist positively radiating charm and joy in the music such as to transfix everyone in the hall. Absolutely first class."
S.S, excerpt of a letter to the Dunblane orchestra after the performance Nov 2011 (reproduced with permission).