The Croatian Mezzosoprano studied voice under Uta Schwabe and Julia Conwel at the Vienna Conservatory and completed her studies with honors in 2011. While at the conservatory she also studied song and oratorio repertoire with Carolyn Hague and
Kammersängerin Birgid Steinberger. During that time she also participated in master classes by artists such as Matthias Goerne, Angelika Kirchschlager, Bernarda Fink, and Rudolf Piernay. Her honors include First Prize at the 2006 Fidelio Competition in Vienna.
Ms. Tarandek made her debut at the Volksoper Wien as a Lehrbub in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg while she was studying at the conservatory. In addition to that she has sung Dorabella in Così fan tutte with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra at Teatro Teresa
Carreño in Caracas, as well as Nancy in Britten's Albert Herring at Theater Akzent in Vienna. In June 2009 she sang the principal role, which had been composed for her, in the world premiere of Ehrenfellner's Mae Mona in the Musikwerkstadt Wien under the
musical direction of Huw Rhyu James. In September of that year she made her debut at Theater an der Wien in Christof Loy's production of Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg with Marc Albrecht conducting.
Oper Frankfurt engaged Ms. Tarandek as a Studio Artist for the 2009-2010 season where her first roles included Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmela in La vida breve, and Zweite Magd in Claus Guth's production of Daphne, which was honored with the
German Theater Prize DER FAUST 2010. She also made her debut at Frankfurt's Alte Oper in Puccini's La Rondine in 2010.
Ms. Tarandek garnered more attention in 2010-2011 with larger roles, such as Cherubino, Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), and as La Malaspina, the female leading role in Sciarrino's Luci mie traditrici. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Tarandek would attain
great success singing La Malaspina as part of a co-production with Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano in the first Italian-language production of Luci mie traditrici, which would ultimately be produced as a CD on the Stradivarius label
and a DVD through EuroArts.
In the Summer of 2011 she celebrated a great success as Cherubino in La nozze di Figaro at Oper Klosterneuburg. Other engagements have included performances with the hr-Sinfonieorchester (the Hessen Radio Symphony Orchestra) at the traditional
New Year's Concert in the Wiesbadener Kurhaus and a Song Recital in Abu Dhabi. She performed Mozart Arias in 2011 with the SWD Kammerorchester (the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Germany).
She made her debut at Dresden's Semperoper in 2012 in Dido and Aeneas and went that same year on a nation-wide tour of Verdi's Requiem with the Landesjugendorchester NRW (the State Youth Orchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia).
Ms. Tarandek has been an ensemble member at Oper Frankfurt since the 2012-2013 season and her work there has included roles such as Waltraute in Die Walküre, Aloès
in L'Étoile, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, Cherubino in La nozze di Figaro, Flora in La Traviata, Die Wirtstochter in Königskinder, and Ninetta in Les Vêpres Siciliennes. She also sang the role of Anna Kennedy in a concert production of Maria Stuarda in
Frankfurt's Alte Oper. She followed the 2012 season with her debut as Mercédès in Carmen at the Opernfestspielen St. Margarethen. (St. Margaret Opera Festival.)
The 2013-2014 season in Frankfurt has included a new production of Reimann's Gespenstersonate, reprising her roles of Ninetta and Zweite Magd, and Antonia in the revival of Tiefland. She also sang with the Salzburger Mozarteum Orchester under the
direction of conductor Leopold Hager in Mozart's Mass in C-minor and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at the Festival De Musica Religiosa de Cuenca in Spain.
Oper Frankfurt’s 2014/15 season saw the emerging mezzo soprano very successfully debuting the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola as well the role of Kate in Britten’s Owen Wingrave. She has given concerts in China with the Vienna Philharmonic.
During the 2015-2016 season, Nina Tarandek could be seen at Oper Frankfurt as Ilona in the World Premiere of Anna Toll, and as the Dachsund in the new production of The Cunning Little Vixen. She has received great praise for her work in Frankfurt in such
roles as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Tebaldo (Don Carlo), and had a celebrated debut as Sesto (Giulio Cesare) in performance with Andreas Scholl.
Ms Tarandek's 2016-2017 season in Frankfurt included acclaimed performances of Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Giovanna (Rigoletto), as well as the role of Anna Maria Himmelhuber in Ernst Krenek's Drei Opern. She also sang Sesto (Giulio Cesare) as a guest at Theater
During the 2017-2018 season Ms Tarandek can be heard in the title role of Rossini's La Cenerentola, as well as Dorabella in Così fan tutte. She will also be performing abroad in the Opera Gala Tribute to Jarmila Novotna with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in Prague's Rudolfinum, in The Cunning Little Vixen with the BR-SO in Gasteig (München) under Franz Welser-Möst, in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater during the Weissensee Klassik Festival, in recital during the Chamber Music Festival in Čakovec (Croatia), in Staatstheater Darmstadt as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) under Rubén Dubrovsky.