Nina Fine played Laura, Tom’s emotionally damaged sister, with a lovely, arch-like fluidity that preserved the role’s ambiguities. It was the most compelling performance of the evening, and it benefited from Ms. Fine’s sweet, nicely focused vocal timbre.
-The New York Times (Review of the Antonio Bibalo production of The Glass Menagerie)
A dynamic performer hailed for her exceptional acting range and vocal acumen, Nina Fine has graced the stage in some of the nation’s most prestigious venues including, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, City Center, Symphony Space, The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music, The Mann Center, The Kennedy Center and The National Cathedral. Ms. Fine has made numerous memorable appearances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and The Albany Symphony as well as many other professional orchestras and ensembles.
Ms. Fine has earned accolades from the critics for her interpretation of Berta in The Barber of Seville at The Shaker Mountain Festival:
Fine played Berta, the maid, with finesse and a comic timing that could easily allow her access to the great comic mezzo roles-Mozart’s Despina, perhaps, or Rossini’s Italian Girl. Almost as zany as Carol Burnett at times, she carried off her aria (Il vecchieto cerca moglie…) with as much humorous timing as the TV comic she vaguely resembles.
Her portrayal of Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor elicited similar praise:
Nina Fine as Alisa, provided a very real foil for Lucia, both physically and vocally…Fine’s reactions to the soprano’s appearance and vocal utterances gave a remarkable clarity and reality to the situation. -The Independent
Singing I Remember, a song-cycle by Michael Cohen for mezzo, flute, harp and cello based on Anne Frank’s Diary, Ms. Fine was reviewed as:
a lyric mezzo soprano to reckon with. Her lovely sound and beautiful expressivity, as well as perfect diction, completed the ideal picture of Frank. – The Register Star
Ms. Fine has brought sympathy and depth to such rich characters as Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Cherubino in Il Nozze di Figaro, Princess Margaret in The Student Prince, and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium. Ms. Fine is often noted for her comic abilities as demonstrated when she performed Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and Helene in An Incomplete Education. Ms. Fine originated the roles of Popova and Natalia in Burton Sternthal’s version of Chekhov’s The Bear and The Marriage Proposal, much to the delight of audiences at the Chekhov Festival in New York City. She has played Kate in The Pirates of Penzance, Shwertleite in Die Walkure, as well as roles in Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, and The Merry Widow.
Ms. Fine’s concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Schubert’s No. 6 and Mahler’s No. 2. Ms. Fine was the Guest Soloist with The Lyra Chamber Ensemble in Washington, D.C. and with The Pandemonia Orchestra in New York. Ms. Fine sings regularly as a featured and ensemble singer with Peter Nero and The Philly Pops in concert, singing with such noted talents as: Sutton Foster, Marin Mazzie, Dee Hoty, Donna McKechnie, Matt Bogart and others.
A versatile talent, Nina Fine has worked extensively with original compositions and takes pride in originating new roles as well as re-innovating classic roles.