British lyric soprano Nadine Benjamin MBE is a charismatic and versatile artist who is in increasing demand on both the operatic stage and the concert platform.
An ENO Harewood Artist from 2018 to 2020, Nadine made her debut with the Company as Clara (Porgy and Bess), followed by Musetta (La bohème) and Laura (Luisa Miller), and is scheduled to sing Gerhilde (The Valkyrie) and Mimì (La bohème) during the 2021/22 season. In 2020, Nadine made her Royal Opera House debut in the premiere of New Dark Age, with works by Missy Mazzoli, Anna Meredith and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, directed by Katie Mitchell. She made her debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2021 in the title role in Luisa Miller, for which she received critical acclaim. Nadine has also performed with Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park, Birmingham Opera Company, English Touring Opera and Iford Arts, amongst others. Future operatic engagements include her debuts with Welsh National Opera and Garsington Opera.
Nadine has an extensive concert repertoire, notably Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Berg’s Seven Early Songs, Barber’s Knoxville – Summer of 1915 and the soprano solos in the Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah. She made her debut at the BBC Proms in 2019 and is noted for her annual free lunchtime recitals at St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. Nadine’s debut solo CD ‘Love & Prayer’ was released in 2018. Other recordings include The Boatswain’s Mate by Ethel Smyth and ‘Emergence’, a selection of songs set to the poems of Emily Dickinson.
As a Creative Empowerment mentor, certified High Performance Coach and Mind Coach, Nadine supports and encourages individuals to recognise and achieve their own artistic visions. She founded her opera and mentorship programme ‘Everybody Can!’ in 2015 to provide a platform for her mentees, producing and performing lead roles in Otello and Tosca, both at St James’s Church, Piccadilly. Plans are currently in preparation for Norma in 2022.
An Ambassador for London Music Masters and Trustee of Fuel Theatre, Nadine was highly commended at the 2016 Aviva ‘Women of the Future Awards’ and invited to both Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street in recognition of her work as a mentor and singer. Nadine was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021.
Nadine was the winner of the inaugural Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial Verdi Prize in 2015.