British soprano Nia Coleman is currently training in her final year at the Alexander Gibson Opera School in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She studies with Scott Johnson and is generously supported by the RCS Postgraduate Scholarship award.
Nia was awarded First Class Honours in Music and Drama from the University of Manchester in 2012. There she was twice awarded the Procter-Gregg Prize for Performance. She later completed a Master of Arts in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.
For RCS Opera, Nia has performed the role of Bubikopf in the Scottish premiere Der Kaiser Von Atlantis by Viktor Ullman and the role of Zerbinetta in excerpts from Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos, including Gross-mächtige Prinzessin.
Nia’s concert highlights include performances of Bernstein’s Glitter and be Gay in the New Auditorium at Glasgow Royal Concert Halls and the Mezzo Suite in the Usher Hall for Royal Scottish National Orchestra In Focus Days. Nia has also sung Brahms Requiem for RSNO: Come and Sing event. April 2019, Nia will perform with the RSNO Chamber Orchestra for their concert series: Cellobration singing No.5 Cantilena from the Bachianas Brasilieras by Villa-Lobos. Other concert highlights include Bach Cantatas with Mark Padmore (Snape Maltings Concert Hall) and singing as a soloist for the Bach Cantata Series with The Royal Academy of Music & Kohn Foundation.
Nia is passionate about performing new work. In 2016 she worked with Hanbury & Groves to develop and perform Sisterat Spitalfields Summer Music Festival and Ovalhouse. Nia was delighted to join Hanbury & Groves again recently for work on one of their current projects, Time of Listening, at Snape Maltings’ Festival of New.
In summer 2018 Nia performed the role of Juliet for a traditional play performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with Feelgood Theatre in a promenade production at Manchester’s Heaton Park, to critical acclaim.
Nia is a recipient of the Independent Opera Scholarship Award 2018-19.