British soprano Nina Kanter studies with Professors Kate Paterson and Joseph Middleton on the Intensive Masters in Performance programme at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is a Josephine Baker Trust Artist and recent prizewinner in the Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize.
Nina is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, an Opera Prelude Artist and was an ENOA Artist at Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera. Previously Nina trained with English National Opera’s Opera Works programme, with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and with the Glyndebourne Academy young singers programme. Nina read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours and the Sir Rudolph Peters’ Prize for Music . In masterclasses Nina has worked with Helmut Deutsch, Bernarda Fink, Graham Johnson, Ewa Podleś and Neil Shicoff.
Operatic appearances include Norma in Bellini’s Norma for RAM Vocal Faculty Opera Scenes; Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana for Hampstead Garden Opera (nominee: Best Opera Production, Off West End Theatre Awards) and in excerpts for the Italian Cultural Institute, London; Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte; Clorinda in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and opera galas with the Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt for Lyric Opera Studio Weimar; Erste Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for the ENO Opera Works showcase at the Bloomsbury Theatre; Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Alcina in Handel’s Alcina, both for ENO Opera Works scenes; First Woman/Chorus in Mussorgsky’s Boris Gudunov with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Jakub Hrůša at the Royal Festival Hall; Tatiana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin for Cambridge University Opera Society; Giulietta in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and opera gala performances for the first annual Enfield Choral and Orchestral Festival with Southgate Opera; Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and the Countess in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, both for Glyndebourne Academy scenes at Glyndebourne’s Ebert Room; Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte for Brent Opera; Ninfa/Echo and Euridice/La Musica (cover) in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Mary (cover) in Vaughan Williams’ Hugh the Drover, both for Hampstead Garden Opera; La Princesse/La Chatte in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges for Open Door Opera at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and St John’s, Smith Square and the world premiere of Orlando Gough’s One, Two for Dartington International Summer School.
In recital, highlights include performances of Slavic song at the Aldeburgh Festival and for the Boas recital series at 22 Mansfield Street and Schubert lieder with pianist James Cheung for the Oxford Lieder Festival. Nina has appeared with the Song in the City and St Giles-in-the-Fields recital series, most recently joining pianist Gavin Roberts for a performance of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben and Beethoven’s concert aria Ah! perfido.
In concert Nina’s recent performances include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solonnelle for the Camden Choir at St Paul’s, Covent Garden and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio for the Barnes Music Festival. She will debut in Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the Guernsey Choral Society in May 2018. Other performances include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Rutter’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Magnificat.
During her studies at Cambridge Nina performed as a soloist internationally and around the UK, including appearances on Radio 3 broadcasts, at the York Early Music Festival and Oundle International Festival and on recordings including Shchedrin’s The Sealed Angel for Delphian Records, performing with the Gonville and Caius College Chapel Choir under Geoffrey Webber. Her previous teachers have included Jacqueline Bremar, Michael Lloyd and Professor Richard Stokes. Nina is extremely grateful for the support of The Nicholas Boas Trust, The John Wates Charitable Trust, The Kathleen Trust, The Mario Lanza Education Foundation, The Grace Wyndham Goldie Trust Fund, the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust and an anonymous donor together with Aldeburgh Music.
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