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 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 the 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 so far has included:
The Governess (Britten: Turn of the Screw): Secret opera;
Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito): Secret opera and again with Kent Opera;
Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte): VoiceArc.
"Zerlina" (A Night in Vienna) Time Zone Theatre, performances March-August 2017
Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) VoiceArc, performances May 2017.
The Governess (Britten: Turn of the Screw), Kent Opera, performances July 2017
(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).
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)