"I was astounded to hear Nadine singing jazz so beautifully and in style. I could not believe that this was the same voice that sang Madama Butterfly so incredibly well."
"A warm wave of sound, ample, generous... Nadine Benjamin is a born storyteller of song."
"Nadine [Benjamin] was superb in Butterfly's 'Un bel dì' and Tosca's duet with Scarpia."
Barrie Jerram, The Argus
For artistic reasons, Nadine Mortimer-Smith has decided to change her name to Nadine Benjamin. Her website remains the same: nadineopera.com
Award-winning soprano Nadine
Benjamin is a versatile and charismatic performer and recording
artist with a growing
international reputation on the operatic stage. In addition to her work
in traditional opera, she is fast becoming a
specialist in contemporary music, having created roles in several
by living composers and focusing on song cycles by 20th century and
contemporary American composers.
Nadine is also a champion of
mixed-media collaborations, and recently worked with artist Yinka
Shonibare MBE on his film installation "Addio del Passato".
In March 2012, Nadine was
shortlisted for the inaugural Genesis Prize, awarded to outstanding
mentors who give others confidence and inspiration to achieve artistic
excellence in their chosen profession. Among the six shortlisted was
Tom Morris, the director of War Horse at the National Theatre and on
Broadway. As a result of her participation, the Genesis Foundation wish
to work with her to develop one of the projects she put to the panel
during her presentation. She is extremely proud of this achievement and
is excited that she is continuing to make a difference in the world by
creating opportunities to inspire others.
Nadine was awarded the prize for Most Promising Voice at the inaugural
Voice of Black Opera competition. The jury consisted of Anthony Negus,
Julian Joseph, Philip Herbert and the legendary Grace Bumbry. Please click here to see photos of
Nadine was recently featured in an article in Opera Now magazine about Naked Opera, a show by Unexpected Opera in which she took the soprano role - click here to read the article. She and the show were also the subject of an article in the Sunday Times - click here to read it (subscription required). See also this article in the Guardian.
Nadine is now being coached at the National Opera Studio as part of their Singers of Tomorrow Initiative.
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