London-based opera singer Katerina Mina is a British spinto soprano of Greek-Cypriot origin. Katerina studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having received full scholarships from the City of London Corporation and the A. G. Leventis Foundation. Katerina also trained to become a concert pianist, but specialised her career in singing. As a result of her vocal talent, she was a prize-winner in the two International Singing Competitions she attended in her mid-twenties.
However, 15 years ago Katerina was diagnosed with a rare type of blood cancer and she spent over 10 years ensuring that the treatment she received enabled her to recover fully from this illness. Happily, following a full recovery, Katerina decided in 2013 to recommence her singing career. Meanwhile, she had worked at the St. George’s Roman Catholic Secondary School in Maida Vale for a number of years, directing two choirs and several hugely successful musical productions.
Her type of soprano voice has changed over the last five years. Nurtured by operatic soprano Pamela Kuhn and a group of international vocal coaches she works with, Katerina’s soprano voice has developed beautifully into the sound required for the heavier roles of the spinto soprano.
Katerina’s resilience, passion and determination has led her recently to record a new CD Album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Grzegorz Nowak. The CD with the title, Angel of Fire, was officially released by the Orchestra's Record Label in May 2018 and features operatic arias by Verdi, Giordano, Beethoven, Wagner, Cilea and Puccini; Andromache’s Farewell by Samuel Barber; as well as two world-première pieces by Swiss composer, Stephan Hodel, based on Katerina’s poetry.
A very experienced soloist, Katerina has performed in recent years with well-known orchestras at internationally renowned venues, including, amongst others, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Buxton Opera House, De La Warr Pavilion, Hackney Empire, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St John’s Smith Square, as well as Concert Halls in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Paris, Athens and Tenerife.
Her concert performances have included: ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Nick Davies; Scandinavian music symphonic concerts with Finnish conductor Esa Heikkilä; concerts with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Marios Papadopoulos; Verdi’s Requiem; Beethoven’s Choral Symphony no.9; Haydn’s Nelson Mass/Little Organ Mass; Dvořák’s Stabat Mater/Te Deum; Mozart’s Requiem; Tippett's Negro Spirituals; Fanshawe's African Sanctus; Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Haydn's Scena di Berenice; Rossini’s Stabat Mater; Theodoraki’s Oratorios; Duparc’s Orchestral Songs; series of concerts with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
On the operatic platform Katerina’s roles have included: Kupava Snegurochka; Giorgetta Il Tabarro; Santuzza Cavalleria Rusticana; Donna Elvira Don Giovanni; Elle La Voix Humaine; Nedda I Pagliacci; Violetta La Traviata; Fiordiligi Cosi Fan Tutte; Vivika Vaftistikos; Mimi La Bohème; Karolka Jenufa.
A versatile artist, Katerina appeared as a special guest in Rick Wakeman’s symphonic concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Orion Symphony Orchestra. She was also the main soloist during the closing ceremony of the International Festival of Astronomy STARMUS 2014, performing music by Alexandros Hahalis, alongside the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and cosmonaut Alexey Leonov. Following an official invitation by UNESCO, Katerina had the honour to open and close the inauguration ceremony of the First International Day of Light at the Paris Headquarters in May 2018. Katerina performed the songs Look to the Universe and Rainbow of Light Anthem by British songwriter Linda Lamon, to be released as a Single at the beginning of 2019.
Future engagements include: singing recital at Teatro Sperimentale in Ancona; world-première performance of Alessandro Valtulini’s symphonic piece Ave Maria in F Minor at Teatro alla Scala, with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Katerina Mina is an Ambassador of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, the recipient of the Russian Federation’s Medal for ‘Peace and Friendship’ and is on a number of Boards.