Katerina Miná is making a name for herself as one of the finest sopranos of her generation. Originally a pianist and a music teacher, Katerina completed her BMus (Hons) Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (Opera) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Her opera studies were sponsored by the Corporation of London, the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and the GSMD. The London based Greek-Cypriot soprano is the winner of the 2008 Madame Figaro Magazine Singer-of-the-Year Awards, and a prize winner in two International singing competitions, the “1st Concorso Vocale Internazionale di Musica Sacra” and the “7th Julian Gayarre International Singing Competition”.
Katerina recently sang the role of Violetta from La Traviata in Kuwait with European Chamber Opera, and appeared at Megaron in Athens with the National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of ERT, in the premiere of Christos Pittas symphonic work '1973' for soprano, orchestra, chorus and electronic sound track. With the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow she performed the role of Nedda from I Pagliacci. Most recently Katerina sang the title role from Poulenc’s opera La Voix Humaine within the Kypria International Music Festival and she appeared as Fiordiligi from Cosi Fan Tutte on a tour in the Far-East and Middle-East with European Chamber Opera. Other operatic roles include Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni with Staatstheater Cottbus, Mimi from La Bohème with European Chamber Opera and British Youth Opera, Karolka from Jenufa with English Touring Opera, and Maria from West Side Story with Oxford Philomusica.
Concert performances include a most recent concert of Michael Tippett's 'Negro Spirituals' and David Fanshawe's 'African Sanctus' in Bahrain, an appearance at the London Song Festival 2010, and Beethoven’s 'Choral Symphony no.9' at St. John’s Smith Square. Other concert performances include Mendelssohn’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' with Stanley Hall Opera, Haydn's 'Scena di Berenice' with the Georgisches Kammerorchester, Charalambous’ 'Requiem for Heroes' for soprano, baritone, chorus, organ and symphony orchestra, world premières of C. Stylianou’s song cycles 'Of the Beautiful Kingdom 'for voice and piano, and 'Poreia' for soprano, flute, guitar and piano, A. Sakali’s oratorio 'Liturgy beneath the Acropolis' with Oxford Philomusica, the orchestral songs of H. Duparc, the oratorios of M. Theodorakis, and C. Pitta’s symphonic works 'Helen' and 'Rime d’Amore', with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
Katerina has given numerous recitals and concerts in the UK, Germany, Finland, Italy, France, Japan, Cyprus, Greece, and the Middle East, and has recorded music for ERT, and CyBC Radio and Television. Her performance venues include, amongst others, the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Hackney Empire, Buxton Opera House, St. John’s Smith Square, Sheldonian Theatre, De Montfort Hall, Leighton House Museum, London Hellenic Centre, the ‘Juhlasali’ of the Helsinki City Hall, Saint-Louis Cathedral at Les Invalides in Paris, Athenaeum Concert Hall and Theocharakis Foundation of Fine Arts in Athens, and all major theatres in Cyprus.
Future engagements for Katerina include, amongst others, the Verdi’s Requiem at St. John’s Smith Square, recitals at Megaron in Athens and London Hellenic Centre with international pianist Elena Mouzalas to celebrate Schumann’s and Chopin’s birthday anniversaries, the role of Donna Elvira from Don Giovanni in Bahrain, appearances at Festivals EKON in London and 'Eure poetique et Musicale' in France, a collaboration with composer Michalis Christodoulides and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, and a special appearance at DJ Ritu's BBC London Radio show 'A World In London'. Katerina is delighted to be singing in the biggest event to celebrate the 50th Independence Anniversary of Cyprus at Eleftheria Stadium in Lefkosia, performing music by Austrian-based Cypriot composer Roman Kariolou.
We very much hope to see you at the third and/or fourth concerts of the TRULY BEETHOVEN series. The concerts are taking place on 21st NOVEMBER and 5th DECEMBER at The Forge Venue, 7.30pm, and include fascinating programmes.
The international line-up of artists promises masterful music making and we are very proud to be presenting this unique concert series in association with British Youth Opera. Furthermore, it is the first time that this programme is being presented on the concert platform!
For full details visit the TRULY BEETHOVEN SERIES tab and CONCERT PROGRAMMES sub-tab at Akouson Classical or the event listings on the opening page.
Katerina, hi! Thank you so much for your comment and for joining the site, excellent to have you on board! Would be fantastic to watch you perform soon - when/where is the next performance? All best, Vicky xxx