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Nicola Said

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

Maltese

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Zerlina
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Teatru Manoel
2018
Blondchen
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart)
Warsaw Chamber Opera
2018
Adina
Elixir of Love (Donizetti)
New Sussex Opera
2018
Lucia
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Fulham Opera
2017
Queen of the Night
The Magic Flute (Mozart)
Charles Court Opera, King's Head Theatre
2017
Ariane
Ariane (Martinů)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2016
Lucia
The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2016
Rosaura
Le Donne Curiose (Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2015
Zerbinetta
Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss, R)
Opera Project/West Green House Opera
2015
Susanna
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Opera Course Guildhall School
2015
Ginevra
Ariodante (Handel)
Opera Course Guildhall School
2015
Adina
L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti)
Opera Course Guildhall School
2015
Ophelia
Hamlet (Thomas)
Opera Course Guildhall School
2014
Ilia
Idomeneo (Mozart)
Guildhall Opera Course/Fontainebleau
2014
Phline
Mignon (Thomas)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2014
Norina
Don Pasquale (Donizetti)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2014
Madame Herz
Der Schauspieldirektor (Mozart)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2013
Sophie
Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss, R)
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2013
Barbarina
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, CSULB
2012
Musetta​
La bohème (Puccini)
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, CSULB
2011
La Fee
Cendrillion (Massenet)
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, CSULB
2011
Olympia
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, CSULB
2010

Oratorio/Concerts

Guest Performer at Europe Day Concert
Ariane (Martinů)
Northern Chords Orchestra, St. John's Smith Square
2017
Soloist
The Genius of Mozart (Mozart)
Orion Orchestra/ St. James' Church Piccadilly
2017
Soloist
Concert with Junge Philharmonie Wien (Strauss, R)
Teatru Manoel
2016
Soloist
Talented Unlimited Christmas Concert (Various)
St. James Church Piccadilly
2016
Soloist
Joseph Calleja Summer Concert (Various)
The Granaries, Floriana, Malta
2016
Soloist
Recital with James Ballieu (Various)
Verdala Palace, Three Palaces Festival, Malta
2016
Soloist
Recital with Cyprus Academy (Various)
CVAR of the Costas & Rita Severis Foundation
2016
Soloist
Barrandov Opera Gala (Various)
Barrandov Opera
2016
Soloist
President's New Year's Eve Concert (Various)
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, MCC
2016
Soloist
Joseph Calleja BOV Foundation Concert (Various)
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatru Manoel
2016
Soloist
Drake Calleja Trust Concert (Various)
The Corinthia Hotel, London
2016
Soloist
Forsi Hlomt...Discovering the Art of Maltese Song (Various)
St Martin's in the Fields
2015
Soloist
World Peace Day (Handel)
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, Marlborough House
2015
Soloist
Three of 'Five Songs for Soprano and Strings' (Paul Carroll)
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra/Marlborough House
2015

Discography

Soloist
Lascia ch'io pianga (Handel)
Commonwealth Youth Orchestra/Abbey Road Studios
2015

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Lascia ch'io pianga - Rinaldo (Handel) with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra

Ou va la jeune Indoue - Lakme (Delibes) Pianist: Christine Zerafa

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Guildhall Opera Course Scenes

Guildhall Opera Course Scenes

Lucia di Lammermoor Fulham Opera

Opera Project/West Green House (Opera Magazine)

Singing with Joseph Calleja and Cliff Zammit Stevens

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)

Competitions

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)

Opera Course
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
2014–2016

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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