The Confidence Interview with Soprano Nadine Benjamin
Nadine Benjamin’s story is a lesson in having confidence in yourself, your abilities and your body. In having the confidence to take risks, to stay focused, to believe in yourself. Paula Gardner interviews English National Opera soprano Nadine Benjamin on her career change from banking to opera, the importance of mentorship, plus what she uses to keep confident on and off stage. She also describes her experience on the Verona Visibility retreat with Paula and how she deals with reviews, good and bad.
British soprano Nadine Benjamin is a charismatic and versatile artist who is in increasing demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform. She is also developing great renown as an exponent of song, in particular Verdi, Strauss, Berg and contemporary American song.
Nadine’s principal roles to date include the title role in Aida, Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly), La Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Nadia in Tippett’s The Ice Break with Birmingham Opera Company, Desdemona (Otello) with Everybody Can! Opera, Violetta (La traviata), Tosca (Tosca) and Musetta (La bohème) for the Mediterranean Opera Festival, Musetta (cover) for Scottish Opera, Tosca and The Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) for English Touring Opera and Ermyntrude in Mascagni’s Isabeau with Opera Holland Park.
Nadine is an English National Opera Harewood Artist and made her debut with the Company in 2018 as Clara (Porgy and Bess), followed by Musetta (La bohème). She will also appear during ENO’s 2019/20 season as Laura (Luisa Miller) and First Nymph (Rusalka). On 22 June 2019, she will once again represent ENO as part of West End Live! in Trafalgar Square. Forthcoming opera engagements include Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) with Iford Arts and Amelia (Un ballo in maschera) with Opera Holland Park.
In concert, Nadine has performed Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Schubert’s Mass no. 5 and the soprano solos in both Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 and Handel’s Eternal Source of Light Divine. She has sung the soprano solo in Poulenc’s Gloria at Coventry Cathedral and in Villebon, France, as well as with The Waynflete Singers and the English Chamber Orchestra at Winchester Cathedral, and has given numerous solo recitals at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Further performances include Barber’s Knoxville – Summer of 1915, Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Mahler 4 and the Verdi Requiem with West London Sinfonia, Poulenc’s Gloria, Dvorak’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Cohen Ensemble, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with Norfolk Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Winchester Cathedral. Future performances include Elijah at Coventry Cathedral and a private recital at the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj in Rome. Nadine will make her debut at the BBC Proms in 2019.