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Lascia ch'io pianga - Rinaldo (Handel) with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra
Ou va la jeune Indoue - Lakme (Delibes) Pianist: Christine Zerafa
BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Scholarship Award (2015)
Malta Airport Foundation Brand Ambassador (2015)
Walter Hyde Memorial Scholar: The Walter Hyde Memorial Prize (2015)
Mozarteum Salzburg Summer Academy Scholarship - Austrian Embassy, Malta (2014)
Opera Course Scholarship: The London Syndicate (2014)
Samling Scholar (2013)
Malta Arts Scholarship - Ministry of Education Maltese Government (2012)
English Song Competition First Prize (2014)
Strauss Competition - International Mozarteum Sommerakademie Salzburg (2014)
"Decked out in a sparkling headdress, Nicola Said looked perfect as Zerbinetta and she brought warmth - not just glitter - to all the notes that Strauss lavished on the role. Though she needed to impose firmer definition on both musical lines and the text, she contended astonishingly well with the pitter-pat of her male colleagues' feet as they shadowed her moves in her big cadenza. Fortunately - and contrary to Zerbinetta's claims - in no way did each step render her dumb." - Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine (2015)
Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently made her debut as Adina Elixir of Love with New Sussex Opera, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Warsaw Chamber Opera, Zerlina Don Giovanni with Teatru Manoel, and Lucia in Fulham Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Last summer, she made her Queen of the Night The Magic Flute debut with Charles Court Opera and worked with Grange Park Opera where she sang Hlas in Jenufa. Nicola has sung the role of Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Project at West Green House Opera. She studies with Yvonne Kenny and has recently completed the Guildhall School Opera Course where she performed the title role in Ariane, Lucia The Rape of Lucretia and Rosaura Le Donne Curiose. Other performed roles include Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, La Fée Cendrillon, and Olympia Les Contes d’Hoffman.
Nicola coaches with Juliette Bisazza in Malta and has studied at CSULB with Shigemi Matsumoto. A Talent Unlimited Artist, Peace and Prosperity Trust Young Artist, a Drake Calleja Trust Scholar, Samling Scholar, and a BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Scholar, Nicola has received support from the Walter Hyde Memorial Trust, London Syndicate, Malta Arts Scholarship, Ian Tomlin and Janatha Stubbs. She was nominated by Joseph Calleja, with whom she has performed in concert, to attend the Salzburg Mozarteum in summer 2014 where she won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition. Nicola won First Prize and Audience Prize for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial 2017.
Nicola has performed at the Cadogan Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican Hall, and at the Royal Opera House as Echo in Laurence Osborne’s opera Narkissus and the Reflektions. Nicola has recorded and premiered works by Paul Carroll at Abbey Road Studios with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex in a Duke of Edinburgh event and at St. James’s Palace. She gave a recital with James Baillieu in the Three Palaces Festival, Barrandov Opera, and the President’s New Year’s Concert with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicola is the Ambassador for the Malta Airport Foundation. Nicola will sing the lead Soprano in the first Maltese opera cycle Belt il-Bniedem - City of Humanity being composed and produced by Maltese composer Reuben Pace in November as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.
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