Maltese Soprano Nicola Said is studying with Yvonne Kenny on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Nicola has studied with Shigemi Matsumoto and Alice Horne and coaches with Juliette Bisazza while in Malta. Performed roles include Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, La Fée Cendrillon, Olympia Les Contes d’Hoffman, Sandman/Dew Fairy Hansel and Gretel, and partial roles of Norina Don Pasquale, Philine Mignon, Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, Madame Herz Der Schauspieldirektor, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos, Musetta La Bohème, Madame Mao Nixon in China, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and Carolina Il Matrimonio Segreto.
Nicola is a Samling Artist and has worked with David Gowland, Janet Perry, Edith Wiens, Joan Rodgers, Roger Vignoles, and Marilyn Horne. She has received support from the Malta Arts Scholarship (financed by the Government of Malta), Ian Tomlin Scholarship Fund, Frieda Caplan, and the Janatha Stubbs Foundation. Nominated by Maltese Tenor Joseph Calleja to attend the 2014 Mozarteum Summer in Salzburg, she won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition. Among her concert performances, she performed as a soloist in Calleja’s BOV Foundation Christmas Concert at Casino Maltese in Valletta, “Women In and Out of Love” – a final recital featuring music by female composers, the Maltese Premier of Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs with The New Choral Singers at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, “Villains and Lovers” with Les Bougies Baroques at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta and Une Pastourelle and La Chouette in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Dominic Wheeler conducting the London Schools Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall.
Upcoming performances include a lunchtime recital of Maltese works at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Tuesday 21st October, Opehelia Hamlet and Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos in Opera Scenes, and a lunchtime recital on Wednesday 3rd December at St. Botolph without Aldgate.