London-based opera singer Katerina Mina is a British spinto Soprano of Greek-Cypriot origin.
Katerina studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having received full scholarships from the City of London Corporation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. She is a prize-winner in two International Singing Competitions, the recipient of the Russian Federation’s Medal for ‘Peace and Friendship’, as well as the winner of the opera nominees on the 1st Edition of Future Classic Women Awards 2019 organised by Women’s Radio Station in London. An experienced soloist, Katerina enjoys a very busy schedule on the concert and opera platforms where she excels in the repertoire of the verismo composers. She has performed in recent years with well-known orchestras at internationally renowned venues, including, amongst others, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buxton Opera House, Hackney Empire, De La Warr Pavilion, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s Smith Square, as well as concert halls in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Tokyo, Mexico City, Athens and Tenerife.
Concert performances have included: ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Nick Davies; Scandinavian music symphonic concerts with Finnish conductor Esa Heikkilä; concerts with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marios Papadopoulos; Verdi’s Requiem; Beethoven’s Choral Symphony no.9; Haydn’s Nelson Mass/Little Organ Mass; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater/Te Deum; Mozart’s Requiem; Tippett’s Negro Spirituals; Fanshawe’s African Sanctus; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Haydn’s Scena di Berenice; Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Theodoraki’s Oratorios; Duparc’s Orchestral Songs; series of concerts with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Opera roles have included: Kupava Snegurochka; Giorgetta Il Tabarro; Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana; Donna Elvira Don Giovanni; Elle La Voix Humaine; Nedda I Pagliacci; Violetta La Traviata; Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte; Vivika Vaftistikos; Mimi La Bohème; Karolka Jenufa.
A versatile artist, Katerina appeared as a special guest in Rick Wakeman’s symphonic concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall to much critical acclaim. She was also the main soloist during the closing ceremony of the International Festival of Astronomy STARMUS 2014, performing alongside theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and cosmonaut Alexey Leonov. Following an official invitation by UNESCO, Katerina had the honour to open and close the inauguration ceremony of the First International Day of Light in Paris in May 2018, performing music by British songwriter Linda Lamon.
Katerina’s passion for singing has led her recently to record a new CD Album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Grzegorz Nowak. The CD entitled, Angel of Fire, has recently been released by the Orchestra’s record label and features arias by Verdi, Giordano, Beethoven, Wagner, Cilea, Puccini, Hodel and Barber. Future engagements include: singing recital at Teatro Sperimentale in Ancona; soloist at the 150th anniversary celebrations of Armenian composer Komitas in London; the world-première of Alessandro Valtulini’s symphonic piece Ave Maria in F Minor at Teatro alla Scala, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.