Nicola Said

Nicola Said

Lyric Coloratura Soprano

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«"Nicola Said looked perfect as Zerbinetta and she brought warmth - not just glitter - to all the notes that Strauss lavished on the role"»
Yehuda Shapiro, Opera Magazine (2017)
«"Stealing the show was the Ariadne of Nicola Said... The pathos of her final aria was little short of magnificent...Bright-toned and expressive, and blessed with excellent stage presence, she captured our hearts."»
Colin Clarke, Classical Source (2017)
«"Nicola Said demonstrated a creamy tone complemented by a strong low register, and she commanded attention...During their expression of devotion...the singers conveyed a candour which aroused our own empathy."»
- Claire Seymour, Opera Today (2017)
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteKönigin Der Nacht (queen Of The Night)
2017Donizetti: Lucia di LammermoorLucia Di Lammermoor
2017Mozart: Die ZauberflöteKönigin Der Nacht (queen Of The Night)
2016Martinů: ArianeAriadne/ariane
2016Britten: The Rape of LucretiaLucia
2015Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf NaxosZerbinetta
2015Wolf-Ferrari: Le Donne CurioseRosaura
2012Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroBarbarina
2010Offenbach: Les Contes d'HoffmannOlympia

Bio

Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently made her Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail debut with Warsaw Chamber Opera, her Zerlina Don Giovanni debut with Teatru Manoel, and her Lucia debut 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 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 in 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 Adina Elixir of Love with New Sussex Opera, and 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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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Mozart: Don Giovanni Zerlina 24 hours Teatru Manoel 2018
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail Blondchen 1 week Warsaw Chamber Opera (Warszawska Opera Kameralna) 2018
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Königin Der Nacht (queen Of The Night) 1 week Charles Court Opera 2017
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Lucia Di Lammermoor 24 hours Fulham Opera 2017
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Königin Der Nacht (queen Of The Night) King's Head Theatre Pub 2017