Get to know Nina
What are you doing in school?
"I am a sophomore Vocal Performance major at UMD, with a deep love for and borderline obsession with opera."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"Since I was in middle school, so about seven years."
What is your favorite musical memory?
“I absolutely loved watching the Washington National Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. While it was very tragic and sad, the intensity of the music really helped to depict the intensity of the plot throughout. I was completely moved by it, and I think that performance solidified my love for opera."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
“I love cooking and baking! It’s so much fun, and I wish I didn’t have to live in dorms this year because dining hall food just doesn’t compare to being able to make your own meals!”
Who is your favorite composer?
"That has to be Verdi. I love both his sacred works and his operas. There is just so much emotional connection available in his music, and I think it’s probably the most honest music I have ever heard."
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
"Wow I have so many favorites, I don’t know if I can narrow it down! I’d have to say it’s a tie between Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys. Both of these artists have inspired me to study music because, in my opinion, they are the most expressive singers in popular music."
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"Hmm, well mine is sort of odd because normally I don’t listen to pop music, but Back to You by Louis Tomlinson and Bebe Rexha. For some reason I have not been able to stop playing it on loop. I think the way it was composed is really nice, and the message is easy to relate to in this day and age."
If you were a cupcake what flavor would you be?
"Strawberry all the way! It’s the most delicious flavor in my opinion, and as a cupcake, I’d only want to be delightfully tasty."
Dinosaurs or puppies?
Dinosaurs are awesome, but I’m going to have to go with puppies. There is just nothing more satisfying than being able to play with an adorable doggo."
What's your favorite sports team?
“I don’t really know sports, but I grew up being a fan of the Ravens and the Orioles because of my family."
Would you rather spend the day with Ellen or Jennifer Lawrence?
“Definitely Ellen! I feel like we would just have lots of fun because we both aren’t afraid to be unbelievably weird to entertain ourselves ."
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
"I love that all of the members are invested in the beautiful music making and enjoy having fun along the way."
What's your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
“Even though the high C's were a bit of a struggle for me, I’m going to have to say A Spotless Rose [by Paul Mealor] because I like that I was able to test the extremes of my range."
What's the most interesting fact about you?
“I am always up for trying new things, therefore a lot of my interests are all over a wide spectrum because I never want to miss out on having a new experience."
Nina Anderson is a sophomore Vocal Performance major at the University of Maryland and studies with Martha Randall. She has sung one season with Lux, and is a member of the UMD Chamber Singers. In January of 2017, Nina performed her debut role as Laurette in Bizet’s operetta Le Docteur Miracle with Opera Terps. As a soloist, she has performed in recitals for the National Society of Arts and Letters and in Jazzway 6004’s annual holiday concert each year. In addition, this year Nina has received Honorable Mention in the Sue Goetz Ross Student Competition for Voice, placed 1st in the Maryland NATS competition and 2nd in the Shirley Rabb Winston Voice Competition. At the beginning of this month, she performed in opera scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart (Susanna), Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc (Sister Constance), and Manon by Massenet (title role) in the Crittenden Opera Workshop’s final performances.
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NSO and UMD Chamber Singers: Handel's Messiah
Kennedy Center, Washington, DC