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Maltese Soprano Nicola Said is studying with Yvonne Kenny on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Fée (Cendrillon), Olympia (Les Contes d’Hoffman), and in scenes, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Ginevra (Ariodante), Ophelia (Hamlet), Norina (Don Pasquale), Philine (Mignon), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Musetta (La Bohème), Madame Mao (Nixon in China), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Carolina (Il Matrimonio Segreto).

Nicola has studied at CSULB with Shigemi Matsumoto and in Malta with Juliette Bisazza, Alice Horne and Gillian Zammit. She has worked with David Gowland, Antonella Banaudi, Edith Wiens, Janet Perry, Roger Vignoles, Marilyn Horne, Cheryl Studer, Joan Rodgers and Beth Roberts. A Samling Scholar, she recently recorded a solo at Abbey Road Studios with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and was nominated by Maltese Tenor Joseph Calleja to attend the 2014 Mozarteum Summer in Salzburg where she won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition. She is a recipient of the BOV Joseph Calleja Fund and has received support from the Malta Arts Scholarship, Ian Tomlin Scholarship Fund, Frieda Caplan, and the Janatha Stubbs Foundation. Her Opera Course studies are supported by The London Syndicate.

Project recitals include Forsi Ħlomt...Discovering the Art of Maltese Song - a Maltese song recital as part of the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Embassy Series, Women In and Out of Love - a final recital featuring music by female composers, and the Maltese Premier of Patrick Hawes’ Song of Songs at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, an appearance in the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta, and Une Pastourelle and La Chouette in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the LSSO at Barbican Hall.

Nicola has recently been appointed Ambassador of the Malta Airport Foundation. She has just premiered the role of Echo in Laurence Osborne’s opera Narkissus and the Reflektions in this term’s Opera Makers Scenes. In August, Nicola will debut as Zerbinetta at West Green House Opera. In November, Nicola will be singing Rosaura in Wolf-Ferrari’s Le Donne Curiose, and Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia in March.
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