Nadja Mchantaf

Soloist - Soprano
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
»There is music that expresses my feelings!«
In the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2016.

ORIGINALLY FROM
Husum/Schleswig-Holstein

STUDIES
Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« Leipzig with Regina Werner-Dietrich

MASTERCLASSES WITH
Peter Schreier, Brigitte Eisenfeld, Franz Grundheber

CD
Richard Strauss: Elektra (Deutsche Grammophon)

IMPORTANT CONDUCTORS
Henrik Nánási, Christian Churnyn, Peter Schneider, Riccardo Frizza, Christian Thielemann, Asher Fish, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Julia Jones, Jonathan Darlington, Rainer Mühlbach

IMPORTANT DIRECTORS
Barrie Kosky, Damiano Michieletto, Tobias Kratzer, Elisabeth Stöppler, Michael Schulz, Jan Phillip Gloger, Axel Köhler, Christine Mielitz

EXCURSIONS
Semperoper Dresden, Oper Leipzig, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Graz, Teatro La Fenice in Venedig

IMPORTANT PARTS ELSEWHERE
Adina (Der Liebestrank), Marie (Die verkaufte Braut), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Hanna Glawari and Valencienne (Die lustige Witwe), Micaëla (Carmen), Lidotschka (Moskau, Tscherjomuschki), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Musetta (La Bohème), 5. Magd (Elektra), Titelpartie in Gisela! Die denk- und merkwürdigen Wege des Glücks, Venus (King Arthur), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Servillia (La clemenza di Tito), Morgana (Alcina), Prinzessin Eudoxie (La Juive)

AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Titelpartien in Rusalka und Cendrillon, Tatjana (Jewgeni Onegin), Érinice (Zoroastre), Das Kind (Petruschka/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Tamiri (Il re pastore), Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Pamina (Die Zauberföte), Micaela (Carmen)

THIS SEASON
Cendrillon (Cendrillon - Aschenputtel), Mimì (La Bohème)
Nadja Mchantaf loves the sea! Not just the turquoise waters that her sonorous surname calls to mind, but also the raw, heavy seas of the north. For that’s where this petite woman grew up, in Husum, the grey city by the sea – or rather, in a small village next door to it, just behind the dyke. Her Syrian father took up a position as an anaesthetist in the local hospital, where he met his wife. Their first daughter grew up a born and bread Frisian!
 
Right from the beginning, music played an important role in the life of the young singer. Nadja attended a musical high school, sang in choirs from her early childhood – but her first love was ballroom dancing. The lively and endearing artist was won over by the rhythms of pop and Latino music. A love of classical music overcame the soprano fairly unexpectedly. »There is music that expresses my feelings!« she says almost coyly of her intimate, defining experience with music, when she heard Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. This work aroused in her a serious desire to embark upon a career as a singer. From then on, everything happened organically: she quickly found the right singing teacher, and later on, the right music school in Leipzig (the path of so many great composers!). Her admission into the Opera Studio of the renowned Dresdner Semperoper followed soon after, and eventually she became a member of the Ensemble. And straight after that came her position at the Komische Oper Berlin, where, with her debut in the title role of Cendrillon in Massenet’s magical adaptation of Cinderella, she won over the audiences of the capital in the blink of an eye.  
 
In her free time, Nadja makes full use of everything Berlin has to offer, from rummaging through all the flea markets to having coffee (or grabbing a bite to eat) with friends in Mitte, or going to the open-air cinema in Volkspark Friedrichshain. A true nature lover, she is never left wanting in Berlin, because »there is a tree on every corner. And the water is never far away!« And in the middle of Berlin, Nadja can indulge in two great passions in one go: the beach and dancing – preferably right on the banks of the Spree, across from the Museumsinsel. When her little bit of free time between rehearsals and exploring the city allows it, she heads back to her family in the north – and to the sea. Away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and onto the next perfect wave, to really blow out the cobwebs on her surfboard, to make some space for music that gives voice to her emotions …

Her performances ...

Sun27.01.19:00La Bohème
Sat02.02.19:30La Bohème
Fri08.02.19:30La Bohème
Sun17.03.19:00La Bohème
Sat30.03.19:30La Bohème
Sat29.06.19:30La Bohème