Nina Tarandek, a 2018 Opernwelt Singer of the Year nominee, continues her work as a soloist in the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt during the 2019/2020 season. She will be reprising the roles of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Tebaldo (Don Carlo), as well as singing the following roles in new productions; Cléone in Faure’s Penelope, Madama La Rosa in Rossini’s La gazzetta, and Kurfürstin in Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg. Among Ms Tarandek’s most important roles to date are Sesto (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Flora (La Traviata), Kate (Owen Wingrave), and Waltraute (Die Walküre).
Guest engagements have taken Ms Tarandek to sing Cherubino at Staatstheater Darmstadt, Sesto at Theater Freiburg, in Dido and Aeneas at Semperoper Dresden, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Volksoper Wien, as Zweite Hofdame in Der Prinz von Homburg at Theater an der Wien, Mercédès (Carmen) and Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opernfestspielen St. Margarethen, Mozart’s Dorabella at Vilnius City Opera, and with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra at Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas. Ms Tarandek made a great impression singing La Malaspina in the world premiere of Sciarrino’s Luci miei traditrici at Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte in Montepulciano. (CD by Stradivarius, DVD by EuroArts) For her interpretation at the Musikwerkstatt Wien of the title role in Christoph Ehrenfellner’s Mae Mona, which was composed for Ms Tarandek, she also received great acclaim.
Nina Tarandek has performed with a number of symphonies, including the hr-Sinfonieorchester, in Frankfurt’s Alte Oper with the Frankfurt Opera and Museums Orchestra (as Anna Kennedy in Maria Stuarda), the BR-Sinfonieorchester under the direction of Franz Wesler-Möst (The Cunning Little Vixen) at Munich’s Gasteig, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg with conductor Leopold Hager (Mozart’s Messe in c-Moll and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), on tour in China with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Zagreb Philharmonic with Pavle Dešpalj conducting. A performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which she had previously performed at the Weißensee Classic Festival, took the mezzo-soprano to the Vienna Musikverein with the Wiener Virtuosen.
Ms Tarandek has also impressed audiences with her song interpretation at the Kassel Musiktagen; the Koblenz Chamber Concerts; in the Hessen Radio Broadcast Hall singing Wagners Wesendonck Lieder with the Frankfurt String Sextet; at Oper Frankfurt; as part of the Chamber Music Festival in Čakovec, Croatia; and in Abu Dhabi.
The Croatian mezzo-soprano studied voice with Uta Schwabe and Julia Conwel at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, completing her Master’s Degree with Honors in 2011. She also studied Song and Oratorio with Kammersängerin Birgid Steinberger and Carolyn Hague. Ms Tarandek also participated in Master Classes with Bernarda Fink, Matthias Goerne, Angelika Kirchschlager, and Rudolf Piernay.
In 2006 Ms Tarandek won First Prize in the Fidelio Competition in Vienna.