Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently made her French Debut singing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for the Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Île, and covered the role of Nannetta in Falstaff with The Grange Festival. Last year Nicola premiered the role of Maria in the first Maltese opera cycle Belt il-Bniedem – City of Humanity, composed and produced by Maltese composer Reuben Pace as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture. In 2018, Nicola reprised the role of Lucia in a revival of Fulham Opera’s production with Grimeborn at the Arcola Theatre. Nicola has sung the roles of Adele Die Fledermaus with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, Adina Elixir of Love with New Sussex Opera, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Warsaw Chamber Opera, Zerlina Don Giovanni with Teatru Manoel, Queen of the Night The Magic Flute with Charles Court Opera, Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Project at West Green House Opera, and she has worked with Grange Park Opera where she sang Hlas in Jenufa. She studies with Yvonne Kenny and completed the Guildhall School Opera Course where she performed the title role in Ariane, Lucia The Rape of Lucretia and Rosaura Le Donne Curiose. Other performed roles include Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, La Fée Cendrillon, and Olympia Les Contes d’Hoffman.
Nicola coaches with Juliette Bisazza in Malta and has studied at CSULB with Shigemi Matsumoto. A Talent Unlimited Artist, Peace and Prosperity Trust Young Artist, a Drake Calleja Trust Scholar, Samling Scholar, and a BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Scholar, Nicola has received support from the Walter Hyde Memorial Trust, London Syndicate, Malta Arts Scholarship, Ian Tomlin and Janatha Stubbs. She was nominated by Joseph Calleja, with whom she has performed in concert, to attend the Salzburg Mozarteum in summer 2014 where she won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition. Nicola won First Prize and Audience Prize for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial 2017.
Nicola has performed in Cadogan Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican Hall, and at the Royal Opera House as Echo in Laurence Osborne’s opera Narkissus and the Reflektions. Nicola has recorded and premiered Paul Carroll’s works at Abbey Road Studios with the Commonwealth Orchestra and has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex in a Duke of Edinburgh event and at St. James’s Palace. Other performances include Three Palaces Festival, Barrandov Opera, and the President’s New Year’s Concert with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nicola performed in the Opening Concert of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra APS Summer Festival, the first concert since Covid lockdown which adhered to social distancing. Other 2020 engagements included a performance of “Forsi Hlomt…Discovering the Art of Maltese Song” at the Teatru Manoel as part of their Toi Toi Education Programme, and the opening Teatru Manoel season “Barber, Bliss and Berg” performed with Christine Zerafa and ensemble. Nicola will sing Madeline in the World Premier of Reuben Pace’s City of Humanity 2 – The Island Fortress which has been adapted for Film.