Nazan Fikret was born in the UK to Turkish and Irish parents. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Penelope Mackay and later Yvonne Kenny. Nazan is a former Making Music AYCA Winner, Concordia Foundation Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a recipient of an International Opera Awards Bursary.
In the current season Nazan performs Blonde The Seraglio, Despina Così fan tutte, and understudies the role of Fennimore in Der Silbersee all for English Touring Opera.
Highlights in recent seasons include 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; 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 at the age of 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, Theater an der Wien and Edinburgh Festival. She also performed the role for the Nederlandse Reisopera (Stephen Langridge), and while a student at the GSMD for English National Opera and Teatro Real (David McVicar).