Danish Coloratura Soprano Nina Clausen performed Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute 7 times at The Royal Opera in Copenhagen September-October 2020. She also sang “Der Hölle Rache” at the Theater’s Summer Gala June 7th 2020. Can be seen under the tab “video”.
In 2020 she received two prizes of honor: a big one from Wilhelm Hansen Foundation and a smaller one from Kammersanger H. Bruusgaards Legat.
Nina was scheduled to sing Janine in Ruders: The Handmaid’s Tale also at the Royal Opera in May 2020 but that got cancelled due to corona pandemic.
In February 2020 she had her Debut in Germany singing Dhia, una Geisha in Mascagni’s Iris with Berliner Operngruppe at Konzerthaus Berlin. A recording of this will be released on CD and Spotify March 2021
Nina was awarded a Prize of outstanding artistry (Præmiering) from the State Art Counsel in 2016 for her interpretation of leading role The Moon in world premiere STØV (DUST). She has since performed the dystopian puppet-opera more than 50 times in countries like Japan, Greece, Estonia, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark – and more to come.
In 2019 Nina was invited to Korea to sing the lead in the music theatre production “Moving Stories” with Seoul_based theatre group Sansuyu playing at Uijeongbu festival, Korea, and at Stage Festival Copenhagen.
In March-June 2019 Nina was the cover of large lyric role Aase in Heise: Drot og Marsk – a romantic Danish classic.
February 2018 Nina jumped in, being the cover of the leading female role Sidi in an early romantic Danish Opera by Kuhlau: Lulu at the Royal Opera of Copenhagen.
In 2018 she sang her first Queen of the Night in Mozart: The Magic Flute at the Copenhagen Opera Festival and the same year at Helsingør Kammer-opera. She also sang the title role in EUROPA , a World Premiere by Mute Comp Physical Theatre at Refshaleøen, Copenhagen.
In the same house Nina has previously sung Assistant One in World Premiere of MOMO by S. Azarova in November 2017 and one of the 6 Mädchen in Weill: Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny in 2016.
In 2015 Nina had her mainstage debut at The National Opera in Aarhus (DK) as Jano in Jenufa.
She was headhunted during her studies to her debut at the Funen Opera in contemporary music theatre “Elleve Minutter” by Dyrst/Nordestgaard in 2010. The year after she sang the soprano solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the regional Symphony Orchestra of Odense, and in 2012 again with Symphony Orchestra of Southern Jutland.
During studies she appeared on stage in the roles Alcina, Valencienne, Zerlina, Mabel and Proserpina in student productions with orchestra.
Nina studied singing in Berlin (by Abbie Furmansky from Staatsoper Opernstudio), London (by Ken Querns from Bel Canto Vocal Studio London) and in Odense (DK). In 2012 she got her Post-Graduate Soloist Diploma from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Southern Denmark.
Nina was selected to the finals of Fulham Opera Verdi Prize 2015. She has recieved prizes of honor for promising, young musicians from ERMA fund and Solveig Andersen’s Memorial fund. Aged 21 she recieved the jury’s talent prize in the competition “Unge Spiller Klassisk”.
Head of Covent Garden Kasper Bech Holten once heard Nina at a masterclass in 2011 and said afterwards:
“Nina, I’m a little in love with you as a singer. You are a stage-animal”.
Reviews and testimonials
“Nina Sveistrup Clausen represents the exquisite balance of both technique and theatricality. Her beautiful and carefully crafted voice displays every colour in sensuous detail. Her versatile and expressive voice is equally suitable for Mozart, Bellini, Verdi and so many other composers. Her superb ability to interpret repertoire is complex and deeply emotional while maintaining impeccable intonation, clarity of voice and expression. Aside from her immaculate highly-charged coloratura and phrasing, Nina is capable of summoning absolutely world-class pianissimi which cannot be compared.” – Ken Querns Langley, Bel Canto Vocal Studio, London 2015.
“This blonde beauty is sitting crouched in her tower, where she reveals the dark sound of her soprano voice – a sound of pain and savagery that matches perfectly with the pounding anger of the music. She sings strongest in the song Comfort, where she tells about being trafficked and being locked up and raped by soldiers. Can this kind of abuse become beautiful poetry, one might ask. But yes. It can. When Nina Sveistrup Clausen sings ”Comfort they called it comfort, I gave them comfort” her voice is so painfully gloomy that beauty is sputtering sparks in the darkness.” – From review of STØV by Anne Middelboe Christensen, Information March 2016
”Expect to be haunted by Nina Sveistrup Clausens hypnoticly beautiful requiem before going to sleep, but expect also to want to hear her sing this fascinating part again.” – From review of STØV CPH culture, March 2016
”… miss Clausen’s voice is lifting us out of this world when she kicks in with her opera power, but is even sneaking into our bodies with the resigned song “Comfort”, about the abused woman Beauty, and especially in the Mother’s deeply beautiful and lachrymatory end-song with the chorus ”Today may be a nigtmare, but tomorrow may be darker still”. – From review of STØV by critic Anne Liisberg, Teater 1, March 2016.