Nina Korbe

Nina Korbe

Award-winning First Nations soprano, Nina Korbe, is quickly establishing herself as one of Australia’s leading young sopranos. She has been praised for her creamy tone, brilliant top notes and sensitive performances – which continue to delight critics and audiences.

For Opera Queensland, she has appeared in their productions of La bohème, Die Fledermaus, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Peter Grimes and Verdi’s Requiem. In concert, she has been engaged as soloist by Camerata Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Ballet, Southern Cross Soloists and the Goldner String Quartet.

In 2024, Nina made her Opera Australia début as Maria in West Side Story and later this year, she sings Lisette in Puccini’s La rondine for Victorian Opera and will continue in her position as Artist in Residence with the Queensland Youth Orchestra. In this capacity, she has sung Ravel’s Shéhérazade at the Musikverein in Vienna, Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg and Laieszhalle in Hamburg.

As a proud Koa, Kuku Yalanji, Wakka Wakka woman, she is actively involved in the championing of Indigenous Voices; Nina sits on Queensland Youth Orchestra’s Reconciliation Action Plan Board and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s First Nations Advisory Board. She is also an advisor to the Australian Music Foundation.

Nina Korbe

OPERA

WEST SIDE STORY
Role: Maria. Dir: Francesca Zambello | Opera Australia, 2024
WITCH
Role: Little Ms Manifest. Dir: Polly Graham | Royal Academy Opera, 2022
DIDO AND AENEAS
Role: Spirit. Dir: Jack Furness | Royal Academy Opera, 2021
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Role: Chorus/Peaseblossom Understudy. Comp: Benjamin Britten | Royal Academy Opera, 2020
BÉTRICE ET BÉNÉDICT
Role: Héro. Dir: Stuart Maunder | Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2020
LA FINTA GIARDINIERA
Role: Arminda. Dir: Imara Savage | Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2019
L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÉGES
Role: The White Cat. Dir: Stephen Barlow | Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2017

 

SCENES

PAGLIACCI
Role: Nedda. Comp: Ruggero Leoncavallo | Melba Opera Trust, 2023
DER FREISCHÜTZ
Role: Agathe. Comp: Carl Maria von Weber | Melba Opera Trust, 2023
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
Role: Helena. Comp: Benjamin Britten | Melba Opera Trust, 2023
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
Role: Lucia. Comp: Gaetano Donizetti | Royal Academy of Music, 2021
IDOMENEO
Role: Ilia. Comp: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Royal Academy of Music, 2021
DER FREISCHÜTZ
Role: Ännchen. Comp: Carl Maria von Weber | Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2020
ARABELLA
Role: Zdenka. Comp: Richard Strauss | Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2020

 

CONCERTS

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT HOUSE Opera Australia | 2024
QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTA Queensland Youth Orchestra | 2023
INTERNATIONAL TOUR (Austria, Germany)
AN EVENING WITH HAROLD BLAIR Sydney Opera House/Museum of History NSW | 2023
STRICTLY GERSHWIN Queensland Ballet | 2023
BRISBANE FESTIVAL – BRISBANE Brisbane Festival/Camerata | 2023
SERENADES
QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA Queensland Youth Orchestra | 2023
REGIONAL TOUR
BANGALOW CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Southern Cross Soloists | 2023
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER MUSIC Australian Chamber Music Festival | 2023
FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL OF OUTBACK OPERA Opera Queensland | 2023
OUTBACK RIVER LIGHTS FESTIVAL Opera Queensland | 2023
THE SEVEN SOPRANOS The Seven Sopranos | 2022
MELODY IN HARMONY MUSIC & The Seven Sopranos/Chinese Cultural Festival
DANCE GALA
TRANSCENDING BOARDERS: Royal Academy of Music | 2021
ENGLISH, NOT ENGLISH
THE UNDERREPRESNTED COMPOSER Royal Academy of Music | 2020
QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA Queensland Youth Orchestra | 2019
MORNING CONCERT
BRISBANE SINGS 2019 Brisbane Sings | 2019
NEW OPERA WORKSHOP Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Opera Queensland | 2019
QUEENSLAND YOUTH ORCHESTRA Queensland Youth Orchestra | 2019
REGIONAL TOUR
PLANET EARTH II: LIVE IN CONCERT Queensland Symphony Orchestra | 2018

 

ORCHESTRAL AND ORATORIO

SHÉHÉRAZADE
Role: Soprano Soloist. Comp: Maurice Ravel | Queensland Youth Symphony, 2023
SYMPHONY No. 9
Role: Soprano Soloist. Comp: Ludwig van Beethoven (Arranged by Liszt) | 2022

 

AWARDS

RUSKIN OPERA SCHOLARSHIP Melba Opera Trust, 2024
MARGARET SCHINDLER VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP Southern Cross Soloists, 2023
HAROLD BLAIR OPERA SCHOLARSHIP Melba Opera Trust, 2023
RUSKIN OPERA SCHOLARSHIP Melba Opera Trust, 2023
INTERNATIONAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, 2020 – 2022
FULL RESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP International Student House, 2020 – 2022
LORD MAYOR’S YOUNG & EMERGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP Brisbane City Council, 2020
IAN POTTER CULTURAL GRANT Ian Potter Cultural Trust, 2020
ELIZABETH MUIR POSTGRADUATE PRIZE Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2020
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD Griffith University, 2019
LINDA EDITH ALLEN VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, 2019
INTERMEDIATE VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP Sydney Eisteddfod, 2017
OPERA AUSTRALIA REGIONAL VOCAL SCHOLARSHIP Opera Australia, 2015

 

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