Biography: Regina Nathan’s career in opera, concert and recital has taken her from her native Ireland across Europe, and as far as Kuala Lumpur and New York’s Carnegie Hall. She has appeared in opera at Madrid’s Teatro Réal, Brussels’ La Monnaie, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Opéra de Genève, Luzern Stadttheater, Israeli Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera de Nice, Opéra de Nantes, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Opera Zuid, Stadttheater Giessen, as well as Opera Ireland.
She has sung major lyric soprano roles throughout her career. Her repertoire ranges from the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto to the world-premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s The Country of the Blind for the Aldeburgh Festival/English National Opera. Regina has appeared as Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Moore’s Baby Doe, Gluck’s Euridice, Verdi’s Violetta, Bizet’s Léïla, Offenbach’s Antonia and Amelia in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Her portrayal of the role of Puccini’s Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly for Opera Ireland and at the Stadttheater Giessen was hailed with critical acclaim as was her role of Cleopatra in Handel’s Julius Caesar and Norma in Bellin’s Norma.
Regina has worked with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Edo De Waart, Kent Nagano, and Frans Bruggen. Mahler’s Eighth Symphony has taken her to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the opening concert of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate to Brussels and Israel, and Rachmaninov’s The Bells to London’s Royal Festival Hall.
A devoted recitalist, Regina’s talents also embrace everything from classic Lieder to traditional Irish song. She has enraptured audiences throughout Ireland, London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and famously with Placido Domingo in a sold out audience at Dublin’s Point Theatre.
Her recordings include Britten, Complete Folk Song Arrangements (Hyperion), Mahler’s Symphony No.8 (BMG), Donizetti’s Maria de Rudenz (Opera Rara) and of course Faith of our Fathers, alongside Frank Patterson. She has also recorded With Love, a solo CD of songs with piano and two albums of sacred music and hymns: Ave Maria recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Nearer to Thee recorded with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra. Vissi d’arte, her album of popular operatic arias was also recorded with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent performances include the hugely successful “CASTA DIVA – The life and loves of Maria Callas” to four sold-out audiences in the National Concert Hall, Dublin, in which Regina was the principal soloist. She toured with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in June 2013 with “The Three Sopranos” which led to their sold-out Gala Christmas Concerts with the John Murray Show on Radio 1, in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Regina divides her time between Dublin, Berlin, London and her home in Co. Clare. Her schedule includes studying for a PhD in Music & Performance, teaching at Dublin’s Royal Academy of Music and giving private masterclasses in singing. She has produced and performed a series of themed concerts including “Sacred Classics and Operatic Arias”, “My World is My Song” and in February 2016 presented and performed “Sopranos! Arias, Stories and Songs of the Great Operatic Sopranos” at Dublin’s National Concert Hall.