Nina van Essen

Mezzosoprano
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Nina van Essen wins the first prize and best female voice award at the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino, Italy 2023

Biography

All about Nina

Nina van Essen is considered a unearthly beautiful and enchanting mezzo-soprano, With her supple, powerfully luminous and agile voice. (Kulturfeder/Neue presse/opernwelt) During her time in the ensemble of Staatsoper Hannover she has build a big fan base and highly enriched her repertoire from Baroque to Bel Canto.

Read more about Nina in the "about" section.

Nina van Essen wordt beschouwd als een onaards mooie en betoverende mezzosopraan, met haar soepele, krachtig heldere en lenige stem. (Kulturfeder/Neue presse/opernwelt) Tijdens haar tijd in het ensemble van Staatsoper Hannover heeft ze een grote schare fans opgebouwd en haar repertoire sterk verrijkt, van barok tot belcanto.

Lees meer over Nina in "about".

“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. “
Financial Times
Staatsoper Hannover

14.6.2024

Cherubino - Le Nozze di Figaro

Musical direction - Masaru Kumakura

Regie - Lydia Steier

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Staatsoper Hannover

16.6.2024

Cherubino - Le Nozze di Figaro

Musical direction - Masaru Kumakura

Regie - Lydia Steier

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Clos Vougeot, France

22.6.2024

Young artist in Residence Festival Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot

From the 22nd till the 30th of July 2024 the festival Musique & Vin takes place at the beautiful Clos Vougeot.

As part of the Opening of the festival, the young artists in residence give a full recital.

Repertoire to be announced.

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Dominicuskerk, Amsterdam

16.7.2024

The Masters voice - P.Kooreman

Musical direction - Boudewijn Jansen

Estelle - Nina van Essen
Sophie - Nikki treurniet
John - Berend Eijkhout

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Kloosterkerk, Den Haag

17.7.2024

The Masters voice - P.Kooreman

Musical direction - Boudewijn Jansen

Estelle - Nina van Essen
Sophie - Nikki treurniet
John - Berend Eijkhout

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Broederkerk, Zeist

18.7.2024

The Masters voice - P.Kooreman

Musical Direction - Boudewijn Jansen

Estelle - Nina van Essen
Sophie - Nikki Treurniet
John - Berend Eijkhout

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Kotor, Montenegro

25.7.2024

Kotor Art International Festival

Recital

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Theater an der Wien

13.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

13.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

15.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

15.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

17.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

17.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

18.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

18.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

22.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

22.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

27.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Theater an der Wien

27.12.2024

Fuchs - Der Kleine Prinz - P.Valtinoni

Musical direction - Gábor Káli

Regie - Louisa Muller

Der kleine Prinz - Emilie Renard

Pilot - Wilhelm Schwinghammer

Fuchs / Passant 1 - Nina van Essen

Schlange / Passant 2 / König - Zoltan Nagy

Mutter / Die Eitle / Rose - Carina Schmieger

Vater / Geschäftsmann - Alexander Kaimbacher

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Nationale Opera & Ballet

14.3.2025

We are the lucky ones - Three - Philip Venables

Composition - Philip Venables
Libretto - Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction - Bassem Akiki
Regie and set design - Ted Huffman


One - Claron McFadden
Two - Jacquelyn Stucker
Three - Nina van Essen
Four - Helena Rasker
Five - Miles Mykkanen
Six - Frederick Ballentine
Seven - Germán Olvera
Eight - Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennal

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Nationale Opera & Ballet

16.3.2025

We are the lucky ones - Three - Philip Venables

Composition - Philip Venables
Libretto - Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction - Bassem Akiki
Regie and set design - Ted Huffman


One - Claron McFadden
Two - Jacquelyn Stucker
Three - Nina van Essen
Four - Helena Rasker
Five - Miles Mykkanen
Six - Frederick Ballentine
Seven - Germán Olvera
Eight - Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennal

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Nationale Opera & Ballet

19.3.2025

We are the lucky ones - Three - Philip Venables

Composition - Philip Venables
Libretto - Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction - Bassem Akiki
Regie and set design - Ted Huffman


One - Claron McFadden
Two - Jacquelyn Stucker
Three - Nina van Essen
Four - Helena Rasker
Five - Miles Mykkanen
Six - Frederick Ballentine
Seven - Germán Olvera
Eight - Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennal

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Nationale Opera & Ballet

22.3.2025

We are the lucky ones - Three - Philip Venables

Composition - Philip Venables
Libretto - Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction - Bassem Akiki
Regie and set design - Ted Huffman


One - Claron McFadden
Two - Jacquelyn Stucker
Three - Nina van Essen
Four - Helena Rasker
Five - Miles Mykkanen
Six - Frederick Ballentine
Seven - Germán Olvera
Eight - Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennal

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Nationale Opera & Ballet

26.3.2025

We are the lucky ones - Three - Philip Venables

Composition - Philip Venables
Libretto - Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction - Bassem Akiki
Regie and set design - Ted Huffman


One - Claron McFadden
Two - Jacquelyn Stucker
Three - Nina van Essen
Four - Helena Rasker
Five - Miles Mykkanen
Six - Frederick Ballentine
Seven - Germán Olvera
Eight - Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennal

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Nationale Opera & Ballet

30.3.2025

We are the lucky ones - Three - Philip Venables

Composition - Philip Venables
Libretto - Nina Segal and Ted Huffman

Musical direction - Bassem Akiki
Regie and set design - Ted Huffman


One - Claron McFadden
Two - Jacquelyn Stucker
Three - Nina van Essen
Four - Helena Rasker
Five - Miles Mykkanen
Six - Frederick Ballentine
Seven - Germán Olvera
Eight - Alex Rosen

Residentie Orkest

Co-production with Ruhrtriennal

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La Scala Milano

18.5.2025

Mitridate, Re di Ponto - Arbate - Mozart

Musical direction - Christophe Rousset

Mitridate - Sergey Romanovsky

Aspasia - Jessica Pratt

Sifare - Olga Bezsmertna

Farnace - Rose Naggar-Tremblay

Ismene - Maria Kokareva

Marzio - Alasdair Kent

Arbate - Nina van Essen

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Theatre des Champs-Elysées

25.5.2025

Arabate - Mitridate, Re di Ponto - Mozart

Musical Direction - Christophe Rousset
Les Talens Lyriques

Mitridate - Sergey Romanovsky
Aspasia - Jessica Pratt
Sifare - Olga Bezsmertna
Farnace - Rose Naggar-Tremblay
Ismene - Maria Kokareva
Marzio - Alasdair Kent
Arbate - Nina van Essen

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La Scala di Milano

5.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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La Scala di Milano

8.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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La Scala di Milano

12.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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La Scala di Milano

15.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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La Scala di Milano

18.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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La Scala di Milano

21.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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La Scala di Milano

23.11.2025

Dorabella - Cosi fan tutte

Musical Direction - Alexander Soddy

Regie - Robert Carsen

Fiordiligi - Elsa Dreisig

Dorabella - Nina van Essen

Despina - Sandrine Piau

Guglielmo - Luca Micheletti

Ferrando - Giovanni Sala

Don Alfonso - Gerald Finley

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Voi che sapete - Cherubino - W.A.Mozart
In un Fiorito prato - Messagiera - L'orfeo C.Monteverdi - Staatsoper Hannover
Una voce poco fa - Rosina - G.Rossini - Finale Concorso Lirico di Portofino 2023
Erbarme dich - J.S.Bach - Matthäus Passion
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