Teachers and Coaches

  • Raymond Connell (teacher)
  • Linnhe Robertson (coach)
  • Ludmilla Andrews (coach)
  • Lada Valesova (coach)

Performance Experience

St Peter's Church, Old Woking

  • evening recital with Matthew Rickard (piano)

Hitchen Music Festival

  • lunchtime concert with Ian Boughton (baritone) and Matthew Rickard (piano)

Haslemere Musical Society

  • soloist Vivaldi Gloria James Ross (conductor)

Maltings Arts Theatre, St. Albans

  • soloist lunchtime concert Michael Brownlee Walker (accompanist)

Abbots Langley Singers

  • soloist The Messiah Matthew Watts (conductor)

St Albans Chamber Opera

  • soloist evening concerts (x3) Phyl Swindlehurst
  • Veronique Dr Miracle (revival) Phyl Swindlehurst
  • soloist Opera Galas (x2) Swindlehurst/Ireson
  • Idamante Idomeneo Swindlehurst/Ireson
  • Veronique Dr Miracle Swindlehurst/Buick
  • Flora La Traviata Swindlehurst/Ireson

St Peters Church, St. Albans

  • soloist lunchtime concert Matthew Rickard (accompanist)

Ampthill Choral Society

  • soloist Nelson Mass
  • soloist Coronation Mass

Almaviva Opera

  • Nancy Albert Herring Pattinson/Talbot

Maltings Arts Theatre, St. Albans

  • soloist lunchtime concerts (x2) Njal Buick (accompanist)

Wimbledon Light Opera

  • Mercedes Carmen La Bouchardière/Stout

Welwyn Garden City Music Society

  • soloist Serenade to Music James Ross (conductor)
  • soloist A Ceremony of Carols John Bantick (chorus master)

Aquarian Opera

  • Second Lady Magic Flute O'Neill/Burbidge

Kentish Opera

  • Second Lady Magic Flute Langford/Servastos

Wellington Opera-Technique Inc.

  • Lola Cavelleria Rusticana Mills/Vinten

Wellington City Opera

  • Apprentice Die Meistersinger Homoki/Wallberg
  • Kate Madame Butterfly Hooper/Thomas
  • Siebel (cover) Faust Veredon/Thomas

Prizes and Scholarships

  • University of Illinois Opera Assistantship and Full Tuition Waiver
  • Winner of the Wellington City Opera Caltex Opera Scholarship
  • Dunedin Opera Company's "Most Promising Singer" Award
  • 2nd Place in the Nelson Evening Mail Aria Competition
  • 3rd Place in the Otago Daily Times Aria Competition
  • Finalist in the Evening Post Aria Competition
  • Dunedin Musical Society Prize
  • Ida G White Memorial Prize in Music from the University of Otago


  • MMus from the University of Illinois
  • BMus(Honours) from Victoria University
  • BSc from the University of Otago
  • Grade 8 piano (Royal Schools of Music Examination)
  • Goethe Institute's Zertifikat Deutsch als Fremdsprache


  • "The cast was superbly rounded off by Nadia Bishara as Veronique, the mayor's second wife." ~ [Herts Advertiser]
  • "Nadia Bishara sang an excellent Habanera from Carmen." ~ [Herts Advertiser]
  • "We had a charming young lady mezzo-soprano... singing the role of King Idomeneo's handsome son Idamante... Nadia Bishara was absolutely superb, cutting a slim-line Dick Whittington-style figure complete with boots and short tunic. Most dashing, and she has the legs and voice to go with it." ~ St Albans Observer
  • "Nadia Bishara gave a stylish performance here in her role as Flora." ~ [St Albans Observer]
  • "Nadia Bishara made a sensuous Lola" ~ [Evening Post (N.Z.)]