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Aina Miyagi Magnell, Mezzo Soprano, is a Master of Arts student at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since being at Guildhall she has been a part of several opera productions including singing the role of Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus (Silk Street Music Hall), Hänsel in Hänsel & Gretel, Siebel in Faust (Guildhall Scenes) Der Boy in Kurt Weill’s Der Zar lässt sich photographieren (Silk Street Theatre). Aina was a finalist in the Schubert Institute Prize. She is a Josephine Baker Trust Artist, mentee with Pegasus Opera Company and joined Opera Studio Leipzig for their Autumn Seminars 2023 where she also was awarded the Opera & Zarzuela Competition Prize for her outstanding achievements.

She has previously studied at Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser, Södra Latins Gymnasium, Birkagården Folkhögskola and Vadstena sång- och pianoakademi, Sweden. With a background in classical ballet, jazz, and modern dance Aina has been praised for her unique stage presence and great experience in physical expression, both subtle as well as dramatic. Her decade long studies at Base23 Stockholm Dance Academy was under the tutalage of Anneli Alhanko, Hans Marklund, Therese Carlsson and others.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Aina started choir school at age 10. Her first encounter with opera was at age 12 when she sang in the children’s ensemble of Queen of Spades at the Royal Opera House, Stockholm. She continued singing at the Royal Opera House in Carmen. Her first role debute was in 2012 when singing Third Boy in Zauberflöte at the inaguration of Stavanger Concert Hall, Norway.

More recently Aina was a finalist in the Franz Schubert Institute Lied Competition as well as Susan Longfield Award. She sang in the chamber choir of Dallapiccola’s “Il prigioniero” with London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Antonio Pappano in Barbican Concert Hall, a concert with BBC Radio 3 reciting Sibelius’ melodramas and chorus in Vaughan-Williams’ “Sir John in Love” at Opera Holland Park. Aina made her role debute with The Opera Makers in Grimeborn Festival’s production of Turandot where she sang the gender swapped role  of Pang.

Aina is a keen recitalist and sang as a soloist in Mozart’s C-minor Mass in Flensburg and Eckenförde, Germany, Songs at Six: Richard Strauss (Milton Court Concert Hall), and as an alto soloist in Händel’s Messiah, Sheffield Victoria City Hall.

Her upcoming engagements include singing the role of Second Lady in Zauberflöte with Nevill Holt Festival and Britten Sinfonia under the baton of Finnegan Downie Dear, and direction of Melly Still. For the Autumn 2024 season Aina is returning to Stockholm for a contract with Folkoperan

Aina is grateful for the generous support of Gillian and Freddie Martin Award, Sixten Gemzéus Scholarship, Stiftelsen AAA and Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelsen.








ABOUT AINA


Described as possessing a warm and vibrant sound and praised for her elegant yet expressive and playful interpretation, Swedish-Japanese mezzo-soprano Aina Miyagi Magnell is currently in her second year of Masters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since coming to London 2018 Aina has been a part of several opera productions including singing the role of Hänsel in “Hänsel and Gretel”, Octavian in “Die Rosenkavalier” and Siebel in “Faust”, Der Boy in Kurt Weill’s “Der Zar lässt sich photohraphieren” and Prince Orlovsky in “Die Fledermaus”.

Her upcoming engagements include singing the role of Second Lady in “Zauberflöte” with Nevill Holt Festival their summer season 2024,  thereafter singing with the Stockholm Volksoper in their commissioned opera “Herr Arnes Pennigar” premiering in September 2024.

Aina recently sang the role of Pang in Puccini’s “Turandot” with Grimeborn Festival (nominated for Best Opera Production at the Offies Awards 2023), making her London debut, and is currently a Josephine Baker Trust artist, part of Pegasus Opera Company’s Mentorship Programme as well as Opera Studio Leipzig Autumn Seminar Season 2023. She is a keen recital and oratorio singer, appearing in venues across UK, Germany and Sweden.






“Her natural dark mezzo-soprano voice, with ease in her treble, and her beautiful expression make her a complete artist”
- Opera Studio Leipzig


“She has a beautiful voice with an unusual quality of both richness and depth but pinging brightness... a sensitive actor, who fully engages with the creative process and brings emotional depth to her work.”

- Becca Marriott, The Opera Makers


“And can we talk about the trio of fiece female artists... Ping, Pang, Pong... Their powerhouse voices made the classic arrangements reach new heights.”
- West End Evenings


"... hypnotic melodrama narration... from Stockholm-born Aina Miyagi Magnell, compelling to watch as well as hear.”
  - The Art Desk




Photos by Ben Reason