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Nazan Fikret

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Spanish

Opera

Arasse
Siroe (Hasse)
Nederlandse Reisopera
2018
Juliette
Die tote Stadt (Korngold)
Nederlandse Reisopera
2018
Fiorilla
Il turco in Italia (Rossini)
Garsington Opera
2017
Euridice
Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck)
Longborough Festival Opera
2017
Die Konigin der Nacht
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Rota Das Artes Festival, Lisbon
2016
Karolka
Jenůfa (Janáček)
Longborough Festival Opera
2016
Angelica
Figaro Gets a Divorce (Elena Langer)
Welsh National Opera
2016
soprano soloist
Contemporary Opera Scenes (various)
Aldeburgh Music, Jerwood Opera writing scheme
2015
Wendy
Peter Pan (Richard Ayres)
Welsh National Opera
2015
Queen of the Night
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Welsh National Opera
2015
Queen of the Night/Susanna
Die Zauberflöte/ Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Bougie Baroque-Clandon House
2014
Fiordiligi
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
European Opera Centre/Liverpool Philharmonic
2014
Girl/Polar Bear
How the Whale Became (Julian Philips)
Royal Opera House
2014
Governess
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Seastar Opera/BBC Women's Hour
2013
Diane Disney
The Perfect American (Phillip Glass)
English National Opera
2013
Queen of the Night
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
English National Opera "Opera Squad" (Baylis)
2013
Diane Disney
The Perfect American (Philip Glass)
Teatro Real (Madrid)
2013
Queen of the Night
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Wexford Opera, ShortWorks
2012
Coryphees
Le Roi Malgre Lui (Chabrier)
Wexford Opera House
2012
Madame Herz
Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart)
Melos Sinfonia, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2012
Ninetta
La Perichole (Offenbach)
Garsington Opera
2012
Gretel​/ Blondchen
Hansel and Gretel/Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Humperdinck/ Mozart)
GSMD Opera Associates Scenes
2012
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Teatro Real
2010
Adina
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
GSMD opera scenes
2010
Drusilla
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
GSMD Opera Scenes
2010
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
English National Opera
2009
Chorus
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni)
Barbican Centre/Paolo Olmi Italy
2008
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
English National Opera
2007
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Nationale Reisopera
2006
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Aix en Provence Festival,
2005
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Champs-Elysees (Aix en Provence tour)
2005
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
La Monnaie (Aix en Provence tour)
2005
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Aix en Provence Festival
2001
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Broomhill Opera, Wilton's Music Hall
2000
Beth
The Tender land (Copland)
BBC Radio 3, Barbican
2000

Operetta/G&S

Mabel
The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan)
GSMD opera scenes
2011

Musical Theatre

Various
The Girl in 14G (Tesori)/ Les Miserables excerpts (Various)
Her Majesties Theatre, SFX
2009
Children's Choir
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lloyd-Webber)
Bill Kenright Productions
2000

Chorus

chorus
Le Roi Malgre Lui/ A Village Romeo and Juliet (Chabrier/ Delius)
Wexford Opera House
2012
chorus
La Périchole (Offenbach)
Garsington Opera
2012

Oratorio/Concerts

1st Soprano Soloist
Nelson Mass (Haydn)
Hillingdon Choral Society
2017
1st Soprano Soloist
Missa Brevis (Mozart)
Hillingdon Choral Society
2017
1st Soprano Soloist
Israel In Egypt (Handel)
North Herts Guild of Singers
2016
Solo recital
Making Music AYCA Recital: St Martin in the Fields (various)
St Martin in the Fields
2016
Soprano soloist
Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)
Petersfield Choral Society
2016
Soprano soloist
Brahms Requiem (Brahms)
Yateley Choral Society
2015
Soprano soloist
Magnificat/Celebrate this Festival/various (Bach/Handel/ various)
Camden Choir
2013
Soprano soloist
Gloria (Poulenc)
Nottingham Festival Hall/Celebrate Voice
2013
soprano soloist
Company of Heaven (Britten)
Canterbury Cathedral
2013
Soprano soloist
The Creation (Haydn)
Chipperfield Choral Society
2012
Soprano Soloist
Turkish Hymn (Arditti)
GSMD for the Turkish President state visit
2011
chorus
Requiem (Verdi)
Barbican Concert Hall/ Paolo Olmi
2009

Discography

Soprano solo
When Music Sounds (Rebecca Dale)
Abbey Road Studios
2015
Diane Disney
The Perfect American (Glass)
Teatro Real/ARTE Pro
2013
Second Boy
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Chandos Opera in English Series
2004
Flora
The Turn of the Screw (Britten)
Aix en Provence Festival, ARTE
2001

Other

Britten-Pears Young Artist
Bach Cantatas with Mark Padmore (Bach)
Aldeburgh Music (Concert Hall/Long Melford)
2016
Britten-Pears Young Artist
Brahms lieder, with Prof. Thomas Quasthoff (Brahms)
Aldeburgh Music
2016

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Madame Herz, Der Schauspieldirektor, Mozart (accompanied by Dylan Perez, recorded by Jan Capinski, )

One more kiss, Follies, Sondheim, accompanied by Dylan Perez, recorded by Jan Capinski, Nov 2016

nazan headshot

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The International Opera Awards, Bursary Recipient (2015)

GSMD Scholarship (for Masters study) (2012)

Competitions

Finalist The Sedat Gurel Guzin Voice Competition, Turkey (2015)

Winner: Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Awards for Young Concert Artists (2015)

Winner: English Song Prize GSMD (2012)

Winner: Susan Longfield Award for Sopranos and Mezzos, GSMD (2012)

Highly Commended, National Mozart Competition (2011)

“…some excellent singers grace the minor roles, notably Nazan Fikret as a feisty Karolka and Piotr Lempa as the Mayor. They all contribute to an electric charge that lets the opera itself win through, as it always seems to." (WhatsOnStage / Mark Valenica) (2016)

“Mark Saberton as the mill foreman and Nazan Fikret as Števa's eventual bride, Karolka, contribute sharp, well-sung vignettes.” (The Arts Desk / Stephen Walsh) (2016)

“Nazan Fikret is well cast as the Mayor's smug daughter Karolka, so confident in her soon-to-be shattered dreams of married bliss with the reprehensible Števa" (Bachtrack / Charlotte Valori) (2016)

“...The real stars, however, were the six singers...rather eclipsed by soprano Nazan Fikret, whose comic Fiordiligi was excellent." (The Arts Desk / Gyn Mon Hughes) (2014)

“Nazan Fikret (whom I first saw when she was fourteen as a terrifying Flora in The Turn of the Screw). Her Come Scoglio was strongly characterised as one could wish." (Opera / Michael Kennedy) (2014)

“[Walt's] two daughters were engagingly sung by Sarah Tynan and Nazan Fikret with bell-like clarity." (Opera Brittania / Mark Pullinger) (2013)

“Our Governess, of two, was Nazan Fikret, not so long ago the most frightening Flora anyone's seen at English National Opera. Her voice has a piercing sweetness and her innocence was touching..." (The Arts Desk / David Nice) (2013)

“Led by the impressive soprano of Nazan Fikret. Hers is a lovely voice, ripe, rich and clear with an especially beautiful top. Her projection and coloratura were also very good..." (Seen & Heard International / Simon Thompson) (2012)

“The Queen of the Night appears sophisticated... Nazan Fikret convinced the Queen of the Night with wonderfully clear coloratura and meets clean every single note..." (Online Music Magazin / Thomas Molke) (2012)

“Vocal highlights were the convincing Nazan Fikret with her clarion sparkle as The Queen of the Night..." (Opera con Brio / Richard B. Breams) (2012)

“A final year undergraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Nazan Fikret is experienced in this role, which she first sang aged twelve, and her confidence and accuracy suggest a promising talent" (Opera Today / Claire Seymour) (2009)

Masters of Music (Distinction)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2010–2012
Bacherlor of Music (Honours) First Class
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2006–2010

Nazan Fikret was born in the UK to Turkish and Irish parents. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Penelope Mackay and later Yvonne Kenny. Nazan is a Making Music AYCA Winner, Concordia Foundation Artist, a Britten Pears Young Artist and a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary.

Highlights in recent seasons include Karolka Jenůfa for Longborough Festival Opera; Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/European Opera Centre, and How the Whale Became by Julian Philips at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre.

Nazan made her operatic début at the age of thirteen singing Flora The Turn of the Screw at Wilton’s Music Hall (Elijah Moshinsky). She went on to sing the role in Aix-en-Provence (Luc Bondy), subsequently touring to La Monnaie, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Theater an der Wien and Edinburgh. She also sang the role forthe Nederlandse Reisopera, English National Opera and Teatro Real.

Her operatic roles Diane Disney The Perfect American by Philip Glass at the Teatro Real and for English National Opera; Ninetta La Périchole (Garsington Opera); Madame Herz The Impresario (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (Wexford Festival Opera, ENO Baylis Opera Squad and Rota das Artes, Lisbon) and contemporary opera scenes for Aldeburgh Music’s Jerwood Scheme.

Next season Nazan will perform Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera, cover Fiorilla Il Turco in Italia for Garsington Opera and perform Arasse Siroe for the Nederlandse Reisopera.

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