Artist in Residence

Nina Bernsteiner

Award-winning Austrian soprano Nina Bernsteiner has electrified audiences and critics alike with her extraordinary voice and stunning performances. An ensemble member of the Kassel State Theatre from 2009 until 2013, Nina has performed roles as wide-ranging as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Gretel, Desdemona, Pamina, Cleopatra, Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, and has played Fiordiligi, a role she also sang at the Burgruine Reinsberg Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Mainz State Theatre, the Stateopera Hannoverand the Zurich Opera House.

While still studying at Vienna University of Music and the Vienna Conservatory, Nina sang with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra alongside opera greats Leo Nucci and Deborah Polaski, and was the winner of the prestigious Musica Juventutis competition. As a fellow at the Frankfurt/Main Opera, the young singer worked with conductors Kiril Petrenko and Sebastian Weigle, and appeared in productions by Harry Kupfer, Claus Guth, and Alfred Kirchner.

The internationally renowned Opernwelt journal wrote glowingly of her portrayal of Angelica in Handel’s Orlando: “The young Austrian singer – who has already impressed with her performance of Amazili in Jessonda on the Kassel stage – was exquisite, blending the lyrical and dramatic in the most beautiful way.”

After impressing British director Keith Warner with her debut performance atTheater an der Wien, she was invited to star in his 2007 production of Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, where she was awarded the festival’s Young Artist Prize. She followed her performance with a number of engagements in the UK and sang Zerlina with Erwin Schrott in Keith Warners Don Giovanni Production at the Theater an der Wien.

The young singer has successfully toured South Korea and China, and after an acclaimed engagement at the Klagenfurt State Theatre as Luise in Henze’s Der junge Lord, Nina debuted with Johan Botha as Desdemona in Palma de Mallorca.

She made her debut at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival in 2011, was invited to give a baroque music recital at the festival in 2012 and returned as Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in 2013.
She debuted at the Salzburg Festival in Peter von Winter´s opera The Labyrinth in 2012. In 2013 she marked the bicentennial of Wagner’s birth, debuting as Freia inDas Rheingold at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Kirill Petrenko.

This season Nina was singing Gretel at the Komische Oper Berlin and the Semperoper Dresden, she perfomed Poulenc’s La voix humaine at the Kassel State Theatre, sang Pamina at the Theater Bonn and debutes in France at the Opéra de Toulon as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
In season 14/15 she will sing the Soprano-Solo in Duke Ellington’s Sacred Mass at the Philharmonie Cologne, she will be Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff and the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Oldenburg State Theatre, and Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Opera Rennes.

In addition to her passion for opera, Nina enjoys playing the flute, piano, guitar, drums, and violin. She trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance and gives frequent performances in crossover concerts with orchestras and rock bands at home and abroad.

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