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 and understudies the role of Fennimore in Der Silbersee for English Touring Opera, and makes her debut with Welsh National Opera as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.
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).
Her operatic roles include Diane Disney The Perfect American by Philip Glass, in the world première 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 (Wexford Festival Opera and ENO Opera Squad); 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).
Nazan has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In-Tune in The Lads in their Hundreds, in concert with Iain Burnside; sang the soprano solo for the Turkish Hymn (Arditi) for the Turkish Presidential visit to London and performed Walton songs at the City of London Festival. Her concert appearances include Britten The Company of Heaven for Canterbury Choral Society, as well as various recitals and oratorios as a Making Music Young Concert Artist. She also performed as a soloist aboard HMS Havengore for the Queen Elizabeth II’s Official 90th Birthday River Pageant.
Queen of the Night / The Magic Flute / Glyndebourne / 2020
“...the real surprise was Nazan Fikret's Queen of the Night, ready to be heard on opera stages all round the world."
(The Arts Desk - Best of 2020: Opera)
"Nazan Fikret sparkled through the Queen of Night’s high-wire acrobatics..."
Blonde / The Abduction form the Seraglio / English Touring Opera / 2019
“Fikret is exceptional, wonderfully secure over the role’s exacting range…”
“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..."
Königin der Nacht / 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!”
"A voice for the grand opera houses..."
(Seen & Heard International)