Katerina Mina, soprano (spinto/dramatico)
London-based opera singer Katerina Mina is a Greek-Cypriot-born Spinto Soprano. After her initial studies in Cyprus, Katerina moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having received full scholarships from the Corporation of London and the A. G. Leventis Foundation.
Katerina was initially training to become a concert pianist, but her love and passion for singing eventually took over. It was a few years after she joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama that Katerina decided to devote herself to singing and embark her artistic career as an opera singer. Meanwhile her repertoire changed to the heavier roles of the Spinto Soprano. Katerina has recently performed the roles of Kupava at UCOpera’s production of The Snowmaiden by Rimsky-Korsakov at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, Giorgetta from Puccini’s Il Tabarro with Skull of Yorick Productions and Santuzza from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with theCYSO. Other operatic roles include Donna Elvira Don Giovanni with Staatstheater Cottbus, Elle La Voix Humaine at Grimeborn Opera Festival & Kypria International Music Festival, Nedda I Pagliacci with the Kolobov Novaya Opera of Moscow, Violetta La Traviata and Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tuttewith the European Chamber Opera, Vivika Vaftistikos with the CSO, Mimi La Bohème with British Youth Opera and Karolka Jenufa with English Touring Opera.
At the concert platform Katerina appeared recently as a special guest in Rick Wakeman’s symphonic concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Orion Symphony Orchestra. Further concert performances include Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Choral Symphony no.9 with the London Chorus at St. John’s Smith Square, Haydn’s Nelson & Little Organ Mass at Shrewsbury Abbey, Tippett’s Negro Spirituals & Fanshawe’s African Sanctus with the Manama Singers in Bahrain, Pitta’s Symphonic Piece 1973 at Athens Megaron with the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of ERT, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Stanley Hall Opera, Haydn’s Scena di Berenice with the Georgisches Kammerorchester, A. Sakali’s oratorio Liturgy beneath the Acropolis with Oxford Philomusica, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Theodoraki’s Oratorios and Duparc’s Orchestral Songs with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Katerina has performed at International Music Festivals STARMUS, KYPRIA, Manolis Kalomiris, Around the Piano, Roman River Music, London Song Festival, Grimeborn and Eure poetique et Musicale in France. She participated in Masterclasses with José Cura, Nelly Miricioiu, John Fisher, Lubov Stuchevskaya and Dmitri Jurowski, and appeared live at BBC London Radio show 94.9 FM, ‘A World In London’.
Some of the venues Katerina has performed at are the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Hackney Empire, Buxton Opera House, St. John’s Smith Square, Sheldonian Theatre, Shrewsbury Abbey, De Montfort Hall, Auditorio de Tenerife, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Lichtwarksaal Hamburg, Steinway-Haus Hamburg, Les Invalides Paris, ‘Juhlasali’ of the Helsinki City Hall, ZIL Culture Centre Moscow, Theocharakis Foundation of Fine Arts, as well as the Athens and Thessaloniki Concert Halls.
Katerina’s first Single Rainbow of Light Anthem by UK composer Linda Lamon and UK producer Nigel Stonier, is being released on iTunes and all digital outlets on 22 December 2015 for Winter Solstice. Katerina’s first CD with pianist Elena Mouzalas, features Chopin’s 17 Polish Songs & Schumann’s Frauenliebe und-Leben.
Katerina is delighted to have been awarded recently the Russian Government’s Medal for ‘Peace and Friendship’ by the President of the Moscow Peace Foundation during her last performance in Moscow in December 2015.
"Sola, perduta, abbandonata"
from Puccini's Manon Lescaut
"Morro, ma prima in Grazia"
from Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera