Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Nia Coleman Soprano
Recipient of Independent Opera Voice Scholarship 2018
British soprano Nia Coleman joined the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2017 where she is studying with Scott Johnson and generously supported by the RCS postgraduate scholarship award. She completed a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at The Royal Academy of Music in 2016 where she studied under Glenville Hargreaves and Jonathan Papp and, latterly, Raymond Connell. Nia was a supported by the Jennifer Vyvyan Scholarship, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and Sussex based Arts Charity It’s Magic whilst at the Academy.
Nia’s debut role for RCS Opera was Bubikopf in Der Kaiser Von Atlantis by Viktor Ullman. She recently performed the role of Zerbinetta in excerpts from Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, including ‘Grossmächtige Prinzessin’ (RCS Opera Scenes.) In summer 2017 Nia performed the title role of Charpentiere’s Louise for Sussex based Opera Coast. Roles in opera scenes include Ilia Idomeneo, Suzel L’amico Fritz; Sandrina La Finta Giardiniera, and Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress.
Nia’s concert performances have ranged from Strauss' Four Last Songs with Felicity Lott (Two Moors Festival); Bach Cantatas with Mark Padmore (Snape Maltings Concert Hall/Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme); singing as a Bach Scholar for the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series; and Bernstein’s Glitter and be Gay for RSNO: In Focus Bernstein study days.
Nia enjoys performing new work especially in cross-arts collaborative projects. In 2016 she worked with Hanbury and Groves to co-devise and perform the premiere of two-woman opera Sister for Spitalfields Summer Music Festival and Ovalhouse. In 2017 Nia performed the role of Belinda for Festival Voices re-imagined production of Dido and Aeneas in collaboration with producer and DJ Nico Bentley and the Pencil Collective which performed at UK Summer Music Festivals Latitude and Wilderness and returned for a London showing at warehouse venue Ugly Duck.
This biography was published in November 2018.