Recital, St Mary-at Hill, Fenchurch St, London EC3M 3BY
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
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" as well as recitals for the Moffat and Dumfries music societies and the Harrow and St Paul's Summer Music Festivals.
oratorio solos include: Mendelssohn: Elijah, Haydn: Creation, Handel: Messiah, Handel: Dixit Dominus,
Mozart Requiem, Haydn Kleine Orgelmesse, Vaughan Williams Mass and Bach: Magnificat.
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 included:
The Governess (Britten: Turn of the Screw): Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte),
Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Lucia (Nino Rota: I Due Timidi), as well as a 2 month tour of Time Zone Theatre's Mozart Medley "A Night in Vienna", singing the role of "Zerlina".
(more details of Nina's operatic work can be found on Nina's Opera page)
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).
Since January 2017, Nina is studying with Neil Howlett.
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)