Singer (Soprano)

Nicola Said

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Maltese Soprano, Malta Airport Foundation Ambassador, Joseph Calleja Foundation Scholar, Opera Course - Guildhall School of Music and Drama
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Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently performed the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Festival Lyrique-En-Mer Belle-Île, and covered the role of Nannetta (Falstaff) with The Grange Festival. Last year, she 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 Lucia di Lammermoor 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 works by Paul Carroll at Abbey Road Studios with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex in a Duke of Edinburgh event and at St. James’s Palace. She gave a recital with James Baillieu in the Three Palaces Festival, Barrandov Opera, and the President’s New Year’s Concert with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicola is the Ambassador for the Malta Airport Foundation. In June Nicola will cover the role of Nannetta (Falstaff) at The Grange Festival, and in August she will sing Lucia with Festival Lyrique-en-Mer in Belle-Île. Nicola will sing Madeline in the World Premier of City of Humanity 2 - The Island Fortress composed and produced by Reuben Pace in 2020.

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Opera, Classical, Classical crossover, Musical theatre, Baroque
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Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Corporate event, Charity event, Private event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party
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Nicola's Song list

Bellini - I Capuletti ei Montecchi - Oh quante volte
Bellini - La Sonnambula - Ah non credea…Ah non giunge
Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor - Regnava nel silenzio
Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor - Il dolce suono (Mad Scene)
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'amore - Della crudele Isotta
Donizetti - L'Elisir d'amore - Prendi per me sei libero
Donizetti - Linda di Chamounix - O luce di quest’anima
Donizetti - Don Pasquale - So anch'io la virtù magica
Gluck - Ezio - Misera dov'è son
Handel - Alcina - Tornami a vagheggiar
Handel - Ariodante - Volate, amori
Handel - Giulio Cesare - Piangerò la sorte mia
Handel - Rinaldo - Lacia ch'io pianga
Mozart - Cosi fan tutte - Una donna a quindici anni
Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito - S'altro che lagrime
Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro - Deh, vieni non tardar
Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro - L'ho perduta
Mozart - Don Giovanni - Batti, batti o bel Masetto
Mozart - Don Giovanni - Vedrai carino
Puccini - La Bohème - Sì, mi chiamano Mimì
Puccini - La Bohème - Donde lieta
Puccini - La Bohème - Quando me'n vo
Rossini - La Cambiale di Matrimonio - Vorrei spiegarvi il giubilo
Rossini - Otello - Salce (Willow Song)
Verdi - La Traviata - È strano…Sempre libera
Verdi - La Traviata - Addio del passato
Verdi - Rigoletto - Caro nome
Verdi - Rigoletto - Tutte le feste
Verdi - Falstaff - Sul fil d'un soffio etesio
Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera - Saper vorreste
Mozart - Der Schauspieldirektor - Bester jüngling
Mozart - Der Schauspieldirektor - Da schlägt die Abschiedsstunde
Mozart - Der Zauberflöte - Ach ich fhül's
Mozart - Der Zauberflöte - O zittre nicht
Mozart - Der Zauberflöte - Der Hölle Rache
Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Martern aller Arten
Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Ach ich liebte
Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Durch Zärtlichkeit
Mozart - Die Entführung aus dem Serail - Welche wonne Strauss - Strauss II - Die Fledermaus - Mein Herr Marquis (Laughing Song)
Bizet - Carmen - Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante
Bizet - Les Pecheurs des Perles - Comme autrefois
Delibes - Lakmé - Où va la jeune Indoue (Bell Song)
Donizetti - La Fille du Regiment - Chacun le sait
Donizetti - La Fille du Regiment - Il faut partir
Donizetti - La Fille du Regiment - Salut à la France
Gounod - Romeo et Juliette - Je veux vivre
Gounod - Romeo et Juliette - Poison aria
Isouard - Le Billet de Loterie - Non je ne veux pas chanter
Martinu - Ariane - Thésée, je respire une derniere fois
Massenet - Manon - Je marche…Obéissons
Massenet - Manon - Adieu notre petite table
Massenet - Werther - Frère! Voyez!...Du gai soleil
Offenbach - Les Contes d'Hoffman - Les oiseaux (Doll Song)
Rameau - Platée - Aux langeurs d’Apollon
Rameau - Castor et Pollux - Tristes Apprêts
Thomas - Mignon - Je suis Titania
Viardot - Cendrillon - Je viens te rendre à l'espérance
Adams - Nixon in China - I am the wife of Mao Tse-Tung
Bernstein - Candide - Glitter and be gay
Herbert - Naughty Marietta - Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life!
Herbert - The Enchantress - The Prima Donna Song
Moore - Ballad of Baby Doe - Dearest Mama
Moore - Ballad of Baby Doe - Willow Song
Stravinsky - The Rake's Progress - No word from Tom
Glinka - Ruslan I Lyudmilla - Grusna mne, raditel daragoj!
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I am happy to make arrangements to provide this with another Encore Musician.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. Ideally a room is provided where I (and the pianist if requested) can get changed.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I can provide a set list if you let me know your requirements. My set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests enjoy themselves and have an amazing time. I am definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I am happy to make arrangements depending on your requirements.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I would be happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.

Nicola's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£1

Nicola's Reviews

From customers:

Opera M
8 years ago

Nicola Said looked perfect as Zerbinetta and she brought warmth - not just glitter - to all the notes that Strauss lavished on the role

8 years ago

The singing stands out with three performances proving overwhelming. Nicola Said as Zerbinetta is possessed of a clear but agile soprano, with her various high and low notes here proving to be responses to the tactile advances of the players

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