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Photo: Alfonso Scarpa

Nina Kanter

Voice Type:

Soprano

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

English, Italian, German, French

Opera

1st Soprano Soloist
Opera and song recital (Bernstein, Massenet, Strauss, Schumann)
Opera Prelude Young Artists Recital
2018
1st Soprano Soloist
Various arias and scenes (Massenet, Mozart, Tchaikovsky)
Opera Cabaret Gala, Cecil Sharp House
2018
Norma
Norma (Bellini)
Royal Academy of Music, Vocal Faculty Scenes
2018
Santuzza
Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni)
Italian Cultural Institute, London
2017
Clorinda
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2016
Santuzza
Cavalleria rusticana (Mascagni)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2016
Erste Dame
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2015
First Woman / Chorus
Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall
2015
Erste Dame
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works Showcase
2015
Tatyana
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
Cambridge University Opera Society
2015
Countess
Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
ENO Opera Works Scenes
2015
Alcina
Alcina (Handel)
ENO Opera Works Scenes
2014
Giulietta
Les contes d'Hoffmann (Offenbach)
Southgate Opera
2014
Ninfa, Echo
L'Orfeo (Monteverdi)
Hampstead Garden Opera
2012
Donna Elvira
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Ebert Room, Glyndebourne Opera
2012

Art Song

1st Soprano Soloist
Lunchtime Lieder Recital (Duparc; Wagner; Tchaikovsky; Britten; Rachmaninov)
Royal Academy of Music, Lunchtime Concert Series
2018
Soloist
Slavic Song Programme Young Artists Concert (Various)
Aldeburgh Music for the Boas Foundation, London
2017

Oratorio/Concerts

1st Soprano Soloist
Petite Messe Solonnelle (Rossini)
Camden Choir, St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
2018
1st Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Rossini)
Guernsey Choral Society
2018
1st Soprano Soloist
Christmas Oratorio (Bach)
Barnes Music Festival
2017
Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)
St Giles in the Fields, London
2017
Britten-Pears Young Artist
Slavic Song Programme with Bernarda Fink (Various)
Aldeburgh Festival
2016
2nd Soprano Soloist
Israel In Egypt (Handel)
Barnes Music Festival
2016
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (John Rutter)
Cobham Church, Kent
2016
Soprano Soloist
The Messiah (Part 1) (Handel)
Eclectic Voices, The Actors' Church, Covent Garden
2015
Soprano Soloist
Magnificat (Antonio Vivaldi)
Eclectic Voices, The Actors' Church, Covent Garden
2015
Solo Recital
Frauenliebe und Leben (Schumann)
St Giles in the Fields Recital Series
2015
Solo Recital
Ah, Perfido! (Beethoven)
St Giles in the Fields Recital Series
2015
Soprano Soloist
Ein Deutsches Requiem (Brahms)
Kent Chamber Choir
2015
Soprano Soloist, Opera Galas
Various Opera Arias & Duets (Various)
Thüringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
2015
Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Dvořák)
Cobham Church, Kent
2015
Soprano Soloist
Lieder (various) (Schubert)
Oxford Lieder Festival
2014
Soprano Soloist
Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)
St Mary-at-Hill, London
2013
Soprano Soloist
Requiem (Mozart)
The Amade Players, London
2012

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

As First Lady for ENO Opera Works Showcase; photo: Rob Tyson Knights

As Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann for Southgate Opera; photo: www.XMO4.com

As Ninfa in L'Orfeo for Hampstead Garden Opera; photo: www.stageandportrait.com

As Tatiana in Eugene Onegin for Cambridge University Opera Society; photo: Jack Bazalgette

Photo: Alfonso Scarpa

Photo: Alfonso Scarpa

Publicity poster for Eugene Onegin with Cambridge University Opera Society

Santuzza, Cavalleria Rusticana, Hampstead Garden Opera (Photo: Laurent Compagnon)

Soprano soloist, Handel's Messiah, London

Grabowsky Connell Prize at the Royal Academy of Music (2018)

Josephine Baker Trust Young Artist at the Royal Academy of Music (2017)

Opera Prelude Young Artst (2017)

The Mario Lanza Educational Foundation: Grant to study at Royal Academy of Music (2017)

Aldeburgh Music with an anonymous donor: Britten Pears Young Artist Programme: Supporting Bursary (2016)

Lyric Opera Studio Weimar: Full Scholarship (2016)

Lyric Opera Studio Weimar: Scholarship (2015)

The John Wates Charitable Trust: Grant to train with ENO Opera Works (2015)

The Kathleen Trust: Grant to train with ENO Opera Works (2015)

Cambridge University: Sir Rudolph Peters' Prize for Music (2009)

Competitions

Winner - Third Prize: Joan Chissell Schumann Lieder Prize at the Royal Academy of Music (2018)

“In this performance of Cavalleria Rusticana, there was no questioning who is at the centre: Nina Kanter as Santuzza dominated the stage both vocally and with acting presence. Her voice was full, rich, intense and she was compelling to watch and listen to… These performances are double cast, so I can’t speak for the other cast, but this one absolutely needs to be seen.” (Bachtrack, David Karlin, May 2016) (2016)

“Kanter also particularly impressed as the vulnerable Tatiana, and her sung love letter to Onegin was a particular highlight.” (The Tab, Mark Danciger, February 2015) (2015)

“Tatiana (Nina Kanter) did real justice to Pushkin’s potential to portray heart-wrenching human emotion. In a climax of her love-sickness, she paints Onegin’s name and a heart on a piece of the set, totally reinforcing the emotional intensity of the scene alone on stage… Kanter’s acting is matched by her vocal talent.The vocal power and control were exceptional from all the leads.” (Varsity, Alex Sorgo, February 2015) (2015)

“Nina Kanter could not have been more impressive in her role of Giulietta, the courtesan. It was a glorious sound from a beautiful woman.” (Spotlight, Stella Masters, November 2014) (2014)

Nina’s performance in Hampstead Garden Opera’s L‘Orfeo was previewed by Sebastian Taylor in the Camden New Journal: http://www.camdennewjournal.com/reviews/music/2012/nov/classical-and-jazz-monteverdi%E2%80%99s-l%E2%80%99orfeo-hampstead-garden-opera-upstairs-gateh (2012)

Vocal Performance (Intensive MA)
Royal Academy of Music
2017–2018
ENOA Young Artist
Teatr Wielki, Polish National Opera
2017
Opera Studio
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2016
Opera Studio
Lyric Opera Studio Weimar
2015
Summer Short Course
National Opera Studio
2015
Opera Works
English National Opera
2014–2015
Glyndebourne Academy (Opera Studio)
Glyndebourne Opera
2012
Music (BA)
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University
2006–2009

British soprano Nina Kanter has just graduated from the Royal Academy of Music’s Intensive Masters Programme, where she was awarded Distinction and the Grabowsky Connell Prize for consistent high achievement. During her studies Nina was a Josephine Baker Trust Artist and a 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. She also trained with English National Opera’s Opera Works programme, with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar and with the Glyndebourne Academy young singers programme. Previously Nina read Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours and the Sir Rudolph Peters’ Prize for Music .

Whilst at the Academy, Nina studied with Professor Kate Paterson and Professor Joseph Middleton. Her previous teachers have included Jacqueline Bremar, Michael Lloyd and Professor Richard Stokes. In recent masterclasses Nina has worked with Helmut Deutsch, Bernarda Fink, Graham Johnson, Ewa Podleś, Amanda Roocroft and Neil Shicoff.

Recent 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.

Other appearances include 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, and 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.

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 Royal Academy of Music lunchtime concert series, the Song in the City and St Giles-in-the-Fields recital series, and most recently performed selections from Dvorak’s Gypsy Songs and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for the Brel Academy of Song in Toulouse.

In concert Nina’s recent performances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater for the Guernsey Choral Society, 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. 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.

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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