Nina Bernsteiner, soprano

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 since 2009, Nina has performed roles as wide-ranging as Arminda in La Finta Giardiniera, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito,Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti, Musetta in La Bohème, Julia (Vetter aus Dingsda), Gretel, Desdemona, Gouverness in Turn of the Screw, Marzelline, Pamina, Blumenmädchen and Knappe, Cleopatra, Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, and has played Fiordiligi, a role she also sang at the Burgruine Reinsberg Festival, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and 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 at Theater 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.

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 as Desdemona in Palma de Mallorca.

She made her debut at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival in 2011 and was invited to give a baroque music recital at the festival in 2012. In addition, she debuted at the Salzburg Festival this year in Peter von Winter´s opera The Labyrinth. In 2013 she will mark the bicentennial of Wagner’s birth, debuting as Freia in Das Rheingold at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Kirill Petrenko.

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.2013/14