Biography

Award-winning Austrian soprano Nina Bernsteiner¬†has electrified audiences and critics alike with her extraordinary voice and stunning performances. The internationally renowned Opernwelt journal wrote glowingly of her portrayal of¬†Angelica¬†in¬†Handel’s Orlando:
‚ÄúThe young Austrian singer was exquisite, blending the lyrical and dramatic in the most beautiful way.‚ÄĚ

While still studying at Vienna University of Music and the Vienna Conservatory, Nina sang with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra alongside opera greats Leo Nucci, Johan Botha, Deborah Polaski, and was the winner of the prestigious Musica Juventutis competition. As a fellow at the Frankfurt/Main Opera, the young singer worked with conductors Kiril Petrenko and Sebastian Weigle, and appeared in productions by Harry Kupfer, Claus Guth, and Alfred Kirchner.

As an ensemble member of the Kassel State Theatre from 2009 until 2013, Nina has performed roles as wide-ranging as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito, Gretel, Desdemona, Pamina, Cleopatra, and has played Fiordiligi, a role she also sang at the Burgruine Reinsberg Festival, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Mainz State Theatre, the Stateopera Hannover and the Zurich Opera House.

After impressing British director Keith Warner with her debut performance at Theater an der Wien, she was invited to star in his 2007 production of Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee at the Wexford Festival Opera in Ireland, where she was awarded the festival’s Young Artist Prize. She followed her performance with a number of engagements in the UK and sang Zerlina with Erwin Schrott in Keith Warners Don Giovanni production at the Theater an der Wien (2009) and she was Polly Peachum in Warner’s Dreigroschenoper production alongside Angelika Kirchschlager, Tobias Moretti and Anne Sophie von Otter in January 2016.

She made her debut at the¬†Innsbruck Early Music Festival in 2011, was invited to give two baroque music recital at the festival in 2012 and 2014 and starred as Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in 2013.

She debuted at the¬†Salzburg Festival in¬†Peter von Winther¬īs¬†opera¬†The Labyrinth¬†in 2012.¬†In 2013 she marked the bicentennial of Wagner‚Äôs birth, debuting as¬†Freia¬†in¬†Das Rheingold¬†at the¬†Accademia di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Kirill Petrenko.

At the¬†Komische Oper Berlin and the¬†Semperoper Dresden,¬†she perfomed Humperdincks Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), sang Pamina at the¬†Theater Bonn and debuted in France at the¬†Op√©ra de Toulon as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
In season 14/15 she sang the Soprano-Solo in Duke Ellington’s Sacred Mass at the¬†Philharmonie Cologne, she was Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff, Iole in H√§ndel’s Hercules and the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the¬†Oldenburg State Theatre, Erste Dame in Mozart’s The magic flute at the¬†Komische Oper Berlin.

Recently she also sang Erste Dame at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Grand teatre del Liceu and she will perform this role at the Opéra Comique in Paris and at the Bolshoi in Moscow.
This season Nina will sing her first Donna Elvira in Mozart‚Äôs Don Giovanni at the Komische Oper Berlin and at the Mozartfest W√ľrzburg.

In addition to her passion for opera, Nina enjoys playing the flute, piano, guitar, drums, and violin. She trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance and gives frequent performances in crossover concerts with orchestras and rock bands at home and abroad.