Nina Kopparhed



Next Concert:

Friday, September 26th, 2016: 19:00
St Anne's Church, Hoxton
Secret Opera: a preview of Arias and Ensembles from an upcoming Secret Opera production.

Latest review:

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
Robert Lind, about Nina's Moffat Music Society Recital with Afton Strings, March 4th, 2016
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
Opera Camerata, Tales of Hoffmann, All Edinburgh Theatre, Oct 8th, 2015.
..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 as Die Konigin der Nacht: Essi Purhonen as Pamina
    Nina as Die Konigin der Nacht: Essi Purhonen as Pamina
  • Recital, St Paul's, Harrow on the Hill, July 2016. Pianist: Neil Crossland
    Recital, St Paul's, Harrow on the Hill, July 2016. Pianist: Neil Crossland
  • Nina as Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann); Hoffmann: Mike Doroszenko
    Nina as Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann); Hoffmann: Mike Doroszenko
  • Recital, Holy Trinity,Queenborough, August 2016. Pianist: Ezra Williams
    Recital, Holy Trinity,Queenborough, August 2016. Pianist: Ezra Williams
  • Nina as Die Konigin der Nacht (Die Zauberflote)
    Nina as Die Konigin der Nacht (Die Zauberflote)
  • Recital, St Paul's Harrow on the Hill, August 2016. Pianist: Mark WIlson
    Recital, St Paul's Harrow on the Hill, August 2016. Pianist: Mark WIlson
  • Nina as Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring, 2016
    Nina as Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring, 2016
  • Nina as Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann), 2015
    Nina as Olympia (Tales of Hoffmann), 2015

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" as well as recitals for the Moffat and Dumfries music societies and the Harrow and St Paul's Summer Music Festivals.

Recent oratorio solos include the Handel Messiah, Handel: Dixit Dominus, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Vaughan Williams Mass 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.

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 - December 2016

Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) Secret Opera, performances September - December 2016

Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte) VoiceArc, performances December 2016,

Marianne (Der Rosenkavalier - abridged performance), Secret Opera, December 2016,

Zerlina (Don Giovanni) VoiceArc, performances May 2017.

Zerbinetta and Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) VoiceArc, performances August 2017,

(more details of Nina's operatic work can be found on Nina's Opera page)

Nina also works as a soloist for weddings, funerals and corporate events.


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)

Musical background:

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.

In 2014, Nina also started having lessons 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 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.

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)


You can reach Nina through the contact form on the site: she'd love to hear from you so please don't hesitate to contact her and she'll get back to you as soon as she can.