Nina Tarandek's appearances during the 2021/2022 season will include the
role of Beppe in Mascagni's L'amico Fritz at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl,
Austria. She performed in Erl in 2021 in Bach's St. Matthew Passion, a
production which was broadcast by Austria's ORF television series We Play
The album 57 Liriche di Franco Alfano will be released by bastille musique
in 2022. It is a co-production with Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Until 2020, the Croatian mezzo-soprano was a member of the ensemble of
Oper Frankfurt where she recently enjoyed great success as Zerlina (Don
Giovanni), Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Cléone in Faure’s Penelope and Madama
La Rosa in Rossini’s La gazzetta. Among Nina 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 Nina 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. She 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.
She 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. Nina Tarandek also participated in Master Classes with Bernarda
Fink, Matthias Goerne, Angelika Kirchschlager and Rudolf Piernay.
In 2018 she was a "Singer of the Year" nominee in Opernwelt magazine. In
2006 she won First Prize in the Fidelio Competition in Vienna.