“...Fikret is exceptional, wonderfully secure over the role’s exacting range...”
(The Guardian / Tim Ashley, October 2019)
"...the fast-rising Fikret as Blonde. What pipes this young artist has! ...her burgeoning career as a coloratura soprano is going to make quite a noise.”
(Opera / Mark Valencia)
Awards and Prizes
International Opera Awards Development Fund 2017/18, 2018/19
International Opera Awards Bursary Recipient winner 2015/2016
Help Musicians Career Development Bursary winner 2016/17
Das Lied International Song Competition Finalist 2017
Making Music PADG Winner 2015
English Song Prize, GSMD Winner 2012
Susan Longfield Award, GSMD Winner 2012
The National Mozart Competition Highly commended 2011
Sponsorship & Thanks
The Nicholas Boas Trust
The Opera Awards Foundation
Talent Unlimited, Canan Maxton & the late Keith Beresford
The Headley Trust
The late Serena Fenwick
Nazan Fikret was born in the UK to Turkish and Irish parents and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is a Britten-Pears Young Artist, a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary, was a finalist in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition, a former Making Music Young Concert Artist and a Talent Unlimited musician.
Highlights in recent seasons include Blonde The Seraglio for English Touring Opera, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte for Opera på Skäret, Garsington Opera and Rota das Artes, Lisbon; her Glyndebourne debut as Elin in Agreed, a new community opera composed by Howard Moody, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment ; Arasse Siroe, re de Persia and Handel’s Messiah for the Nederlandse Reisopera; and Euridice Orfeo ed Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera.
Nazan made her operatic debut aged thirteen singing Flora The Turn of the Screw in Elijah Moshinsky’s production at Wilton’s Music Hall. She went on to sing the role in Aix-en-Provence (Luc Bondy / Daniel Harding), subsequently touring to La Monnaie, Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Wiener Festwochen and Edinburgh Festival. She also performed the role for Nederlandse Reisopera (Stephen Langridge) and whilst a student at the GSMD for English National Opera and Teatro Real (David McVicar).
Since leaving the GSMD, operatic roles have included Diane Disney The Perfect American by Philip Glass, in the world premiere at the Teatro Real and for English National Opera; Ninetta La Périchole (Garsington Opera); Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / European Opera Centre; How the Whale Became by Julian Philips (Royal Opera House); Madame Herz The Impresario (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Queen of the Night The Magic Flute; Governess The Turn of the Screw (Seastar Opera); and contemporary opera scenes for Aldeburgh Music’s Jerwood Scheme. Roles understudied include Wendy Peter Pan by Richard Ayres, and Angelika Figaro Gets a Divorce by Elena Langer (Welsh National Opera); Fiorilla Il turco in Italia (Garsington Opera); and Queen of the Night (English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera).
In the 2019-20 season Nazan performed as Blonde The Seraglio and understudied the role of Fennimore in Der Silbersee for English Touring Opera. She was due to make her debut with Welsh National Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, which has been postponed due to COVID-19. This season, Nazan returns to Glyndebourne to sing Queen of the Night The Magic Flute.
Blonde / The Seraglio / English Touring Opera / 2019
“Nazan Fikret's glorious Blonde. Fikret is exceptional, wonderfully secure over the role’s exacting range…”
“Rather more florid, aptly, was the fast-rising Fikret as Blonde. What pipes this young artist has! As she massaged her unguents into Stiff’s naked back it was easy to see why he desired her: he was like putty in her hands. My, but the go-to child Flora of the early noughties has come a long way. On this evidence her burgeoning career as a coloratura soprano is going to make quite a noise.”
(Opera / Mark Valencia)
“As Blonde, Nazan Fikret has the finest voice in the cast, clear and rich, with plenty of character.”
(The Arts Desk)
“Blonde, played by Nazan Fikret, charms with comic timing and vocal pyrotechnics..."
“There are strong vocals throughout... Nazan Fikret’s sparky Blonde having fun as she deals effectively with Osmin’s importunate bullying.”
(The Stage / George Hall)
“Nazan Fikret’s vibrant, take-no-prisoners Blonde pummels Matthew Stiff’s firmly sung Osmin black and blue during what’s meant to be a relaxing massage...”
(The Times / Neil Fisher)
Queen of the Night/ Die Zauberflöte/ Opera På Skäret/2019
“Nazan Fikret not only delivers the murderous coloratura, but a genuine and resounding passion. A world class Queen of the Night!”
(Dagens Nyheter / Camilla Lundberg)
“The Queen of the Night has two of the most formidable arias in the opera literature and requires vocal chords of steel and stratospheric height.... Nazan Fikret was the most formidably brilliant. A voice for the grand opera houses..."
(Seen & Heard International / Göran Forsling)
“Nazan Fikret’s Night Queen is a mother, witch and egocentric primadonna, with powerful acting, and supremely devilish coloratura...”
(Svenska Dagbladet / Karin Helander)
“The Queen of the Night has her great aria in Act II and soprano Nazan Fikret swings freely and easily into the highest soprano heights in Der Hölle Rache”.”
(Dala-Demokraten / Anne Pettersson)