KATERINA MINA'S SELF PORTRAIT
World renowned Cypriot soprano Katerina Mina shares highlights of her career and her love for her homeland through brief and intimate performances.
A prize winning British Cypriot soprano, Katerina Mina commands an operatic repertoire that includes Tosca, Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Giorgetta (Il tabarro) and Leonora (La forza del destino).
Born in Cyprus, she makes her home in London, where she studied voice and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama before winning prizes at the Julián Gayarre International Singing Competition and Concorso Vocale Internazionale di Musica Sacra.
In 2018 she released her debut album, Angel of Fire, on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s own label. With the RPO and conductor Grzegorz Nowak, she performs operatic arias by composers including Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Beethoven.
Katerina has appeared at such concert venues as London’s Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the-Fields (with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra under Marios Papadopoulos), and, around the UK, the Buxton Opera House, De Montfort Hall (Leicester), and, with the RPO, Northampton’s Royal and Derngate Theatre. European engagements have taken her to Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Moscow, Florence, Athens, Tenerife, Ancona, and Cyprus (notably in concerts with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra under Esa Heikkilä). She has also toured Japan and appeared with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra under Enrique Bátiz.
Her extensive concert repertoire includes the Verdi and Mozart Requiems, Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Kleine Orgelmesse and Scena di Berenice, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, songs by Duparc, Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, and ‘symphonic rock’ by Rick Wakeman.
Appearing beside the late Professor Stephen Hawking, she performed music by Alexandros Hahalis at STARMUS 2014, the International Festival of Astronomy, in the Canary Islands, and in 2018 sang numbers by British songwriter Linda Lamon at the inauguration of the First International Day of Light at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris.
Katerina Mina is an Ambassador of the UK Friends of Israel Opera and holds the Russian Federation’s medal for peace and friendship. In Autumn 2020 she will receive a medal from Ludvig Nobel at the Stockholm Culture Awards.
The Cyprus High Commission in the UK celebrates the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Cyprus with a series of online cultural events in collaboration with Cypriot and British academic and cultural institutions, showcasing Cyprus’s cultural heritage as well as contemporary Cypriot culture. Join us for a week of concerts, performances, webinars, interviews, panel discussions, live streamings and film premieres.