Trionfo vier letzte Nächte – Piacere – G.F.Händel
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Mercedes – Carmen – G.Bizet
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23 October, 2020

Trionfo vier letzte Nächte – Piacere – G.F.Händel
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24 October, 2020

Mercedes – Carmen – G.Bizet
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30 October, 2020

Trionfo vier letzte Nächte – Piacere – G.F Händel
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4 November, 2020

Mercedes – Carmen – G.Bizet
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Mezzo- Soprano

Nina van Essen is currently part of the ensemble of Staatsoper Hannover. In 2018 she graduated cum laude from the Dutch National Opera Academy. Her repertoire consists of opera, contemporary, oratorio and lied by various composers.

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Nina van Essen (1994), is part of the Staatsoper Hannover since 2019. Some of her roles performed there are; Mercédès from G.Bizets Carmen Hänsel from Hänsel und Gretel by E.Humperdinck, Rosina from Barbiere di Siviglia by G.Rossini, Branghien from Frank Martin’s “le vin Herbé”, Piacere from Händels “il Trionfo” and Dorabella from Mozarts classic Cosi fan tutte. Nina graduated from the Dutch National Opera Academy in August 2018. During this program Nina was taught by Sasja Hunnego. For this program she received a scholarship from the Miluška Duffková foundation. In the context of an Erasmus Exchange she studied in France, Lyon at the C.N.S.M.D (2014-2015), where she worked with singing teacher Francoise Pollet. Before Nina began her Bachelor studies at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where she graduated with distinction magna cum laude, she followed a Young Talent program at the school for Young Talent also in The Hague.

Highlights of her engagements include the collaborations with Serie Grote Zangers (pre-program), The ASKO Schönberg Ensemble (conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw), Saturday Matinee Concertgebouw (conducted by Mark Elders) The Grachtenfestival, Krashna Musica (conducted by Ruben de Grauw), The SKA (conducted by Servaas Schreuders), Kamerbreed Klassiek, Hortus Musicalis, Nouvel Opéra de Fribourg (”Masha ‘from Moscow Cheryomushki by Dmitri Shostakovich conducted by Jérome Kuhn and “Gwendolyn Fairfax” from The Importance of Being Earnest by Garold Barry) The Dutch Opera (Manon Lescaut, Madrigalist 2017 under Alexander Joel)

Her extensive concert repertoire includes Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and orchestral song cycles such as Les nuits d’été de Berlioz and Ravel’s Trois poèmes de Stephane Mallarmé.

Masterclasses Nina followed from, among others, Meinard Kraak, Alain Garichot, Angelika Kirchschlager, Nadine Secunde, Neil Semer, Claron McFadden, Ira Siff, Anna Bonitatibus and Pietro Spagnoli.

In the International Vocalist competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch Nina recently won the audience prize, the Annett Andriessen concert prize (concert in Ningbo/China) and two engagements amongst others with the Residentie Orchestra. Nina was also one of the finalist in de Otto Edelmann Competition in Vienna, Austria in February 2019.

Since 2017, Nina is represented by Artista International, Franziska Hunke and mainly works with vocal teacher Neil Semer.



“Nina van Essen, in what is, remarkably, her role debut as Rosina, makes the part sound as if it was written for her, with clarity, wit, lyricism and charm. ” 20th of January 2020, Financial Times 







De mol – lied voor de maan – Mathilde Wantenaar – Dutch National Opera
2e Dame – Zauberflöte – W.A.Mozart-  Staatsoper Hannover
Hänsel – Hänsel und Gretel – E.Humperdinck – Staatsoper Hannover
Page – Salome – R.Strauss – Staatsoper Hannover
Rosina – il Barbière di Siviglia – G.Rossini – Staatsoper Hannover
1st Secretary lady – Nixon in China – John Adams – Staatsoper Hannover
Prince Orlofsky – Die Fledermaus – J.Strauss – Staatsoper Hannover
Gwendolyn Fairfax – The importance of being Earnest – G.Barry – NOF Nouvèl opéra de Fribourg
Cheap Jewelry woman/wild girl/3rd peasant – F.Delius – Zaterdag Matinee Concertgebouw

Lucretia – the rape of Lucretia – B.Britten – DNOA (Dutch National Opera Academy)
Mercedes – Carmen – G.Bizet – Bredeweg festival
Dorabella – Cosi fan Tutte – W.A Mozart – DNOA/NJO Muziekzomer

Mme de la Haltière – Cendrillon – J.Massenet – DNOA
Hänsel – Hänsel und Gretel – E.Humperdinck- DNOA/NJO Muziekzomer/Grachtenfestival
Masha – Moscow Cheryomushki – D.Shostakovich – NOF

Cherubino – Nozze di Figaro – W.A Mozart – DNOA
Madrigalist – Manon Lescaut – G.Puccini – 2016 – Dutch National Opera

Studied/working on/partly performed:

L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia)

W.A Mozart

Idomeneo (Idamante)
Don Giovanni (Zerlina)
Lucia Silla (Cecilio)
La Finta Giardiniera (Ramiro)

R. Strauss
Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian)

G.F Haendel
Hercules (Dejanira)
Giulio Cesare (Sesto)
Ariodante (Ariodante)
Alcina (Ruggiero)

Dido and Aeneas – Dido

J. Massenet
Werther (Charlotte)
Cendrillon (Cendrillon / Prince Charmant)

G. Bizet
Carmen (Carmen)

P.I. Tchaikovsky
Eugene Onegin (Olga)

Mignon (Mignon)

S. Barber
Vanessa (Erika)

C. Gounod
Romeo at Julliet (Stephano)
Sapho (Sapho)

La Cenerentola (Angelina)

Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Nicklausse)

L’heure Espagnole (Conception)

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Romeo)


Your children are not your children

B. Schakelaar

O. Messiaen
Chants de terre et de ciel

G. Scelsi
Sauh I, Litanie

K. Győrgy
op.12 Esza-Emlekzaj

L. Andriessen
De Materie (speaking part)


G. Rossini
Petite messe solenelle (alto)

J.S Bach
matthäus passion

C. Franck
Die sieben letzte Worte Jesu am Kreuz

M. Palmeri
Misa Buenos Aires (mezzo)

C. Saint-Saëns
Oratorio de Noël (mezzo)

W.A Mozart
Mass in C Minor – (Soprano II)

A. Bruckner
Requiem (mezzo)

A. Vivaldi 
Gloria (Alto)

G.B Pergolesi
Stabat Mater (Alto)



Oh che tranquillo mar – Sylvia Maessen – philharmonie zuidnederland led by Hartmut Haenchen

Sur les lagunes – Les nuits d’été – Hector Berlioz – Nieuw Nijmeegs chamber orchestra led by Frans-Aert Burghgraef.

Au Cimetière – les nuits d’été – Hector Berlioz – Nieuw Nijmeegs chamber orchestra led by Frans-Aert Burghgraef.


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