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Nina Berman

soprano

Bio

 

New York-based soprano Nina Berman has performed in a variety of settings, from vocal improvisation to opera, with a particular focus on chamber music and art song. Her most recent projects include performances of Milton Babbitt's Solo Requiem with pianists Steve Beck, Eric Huebner, and Stephen Gosling; singing as a featured soloist in Justine Chen's The Turing Project with American Lyric Opera; and singing the soprano in the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble's premiere of Him Sophy's Bangskol: A Requiem for Cambodia. Past seasons have also included creating several roles in the premiere of Christopher Williams' and Gregory Spears' ballet-opera Wolf-in-Skins in a joint collaboration between American Opera Projects and Philadelphia Dance Projects, as well as singing as member of a three-voice improvisational sound installation in Maja Bajevič's most recent New York exhibition, To Be Continued.

 

Nina has sung numerous twentieth- and twenty-first century works including the premieres of pieces by David Noon, Reiko Füting, Evan Antonellis, Oliver Markson, ASCAP-award winner Jeremy Samuel Faust, Sarah Curzi, Brian Erickson, and Him Sophy, and was featured on the premiere Naxos recording of Salvatore Di Vittorio’s 1998 Ave Maria. Nina has appeared on radio with experimental artist Sabisha Freidberg and composer Greg Spears as part of a live ARTonAIR broadcast, and has done live performances on WQXR, WNBC, WHTZ.

 

Additionally, Nina has focused on both early music and standard concert repertoire, singing roles by Gluck, Purcell, Monteverdi, Allegri, and Handel, among others, with the Vancouver Early Music Festival, Ridotto Arts Organization, and others; and has sung as soloist with several New York area orchestras, most recently singing the soprano solo in the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Chappaqua Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Nina enjoys singing as a chorister, and has sung with the St. Bartholomew's Choir, the American Classical Orchestra Choir, Kent Tritle's Venture(NY), the New York Oratorio Society, and other organizations.

 

She is active in New York, having performed as soloist and chamber musician at the city's major venues, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, B.B. King's Blues Club, The Iridium, New York City's Town Hall, Brooklyn's Roulette, The Cutting Room, and SubCulture, as well as in numerous tristate area concert series. Nina also sings as member of Andrew McKenna Lee's progressive, neo-psychedelic ensemble The Knells, whose recordings have been lauded by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and many others. Visit theknells.com for more information about this exciting project.

 

Upcoming projects include a recording on New Focus Recordings of the complete soprano-piano works of Milton Babbitt with pianist Steve Beck; recitals throughout the tristate area; improvisational work with jazz trombonist Thomas Sullivan; and ongoing performances with The Knells. Nina holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

 

 
 
 

Upcoming performances

 With Barry Levitt, piano/Jon Burr, bass/Alvester Garnett, drums - Photo by Roger Maggio

With Barry Levitt, piano/Jon Burr, bass/Alvester Garnett, drums - Photo by Roger Maggio

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Past performance Highlights

4/2018

Works by Schoenberg, Milton Babbitt, and Dvorak, and premieres by Theodore Wiprud and Galen H. Brown

CUNY Graduate Center

Steve Beck, piano

 

2/2018

The Knells with Bombay Rickey and Empyrean Atlas

Littlefield (Brooklyn, NY)

 

12/2017

Soprano soloist, Brahms Requiem

Michael Shapiro, conductor

Chappaqua Symphony Orchestra

 

11/2017

"Wolf-in-Skins" by Gregory Spears and Christopher Williams

American Opera Projects/Philadelphia Dance Company

 

3/2017

Premiere by Roger Stubblefield and works by Milton Babbitt

Brooklyn New Music Collective

Steve Beck, piano

 

1/2017

Works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Gurney, and Medtner

"At Noon" Series, USC Brain and Creativity Institute

Carlos Gardels, piano

 

8/2016

Works by Copland, Bach, Peter Gilbert, Vineet Shende, and Ervin Drake

Concerts on the Slope (Brooklyn, NY)

Dan Lippel, guitar

 

5/2016

Holst's "The Planets" with the NY Oratorio Society/NY Philharmonic

David Robertson, conductor

 

3/2016

Stravinsky's Symphony of Pslams with Kent Tritle's Venture(NY)

George Manahan, conductor

Juilliard Repertory Dances at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre

 

3/20/2016

Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Ed Houser, conductor

Bach in the Heights series

 

3/18/2016

Works by Octavio Vazquez and Oliver Markson with the Michael Rose's Brooklyn New Music Collective

Spectrum NYC

Oliver Markson, piano

 

2/7/2016

Works by Copland, Luigi Rossi, Bach, Judah E. Adashi, Vineet Shende, and Ervin Drake at the South Huntington Public Library (Huntington, NY)

Dan Lippel, guitar

 

3/5/2016

Works by Strauss, Schubert, Mozart, and Wagner (private event in Maplewood, NJ)

Steve Beck, piano

 

1/21/2016

The Knells at National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY)

 

 

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