A first generation New Zealander, (her father is originally from Egypt and her mother is Welsh), Nadia was born and grew up in Dunedin, where she attended Queens High School and then went on to graduate from the University of Otago with a BSc in Physiology and a BMus in Voice.

While in high school and when studying at university Nadia was extremely active within both music departments, singing lead roles such as Eliza in "My Fair Lady", Procne in "The Birds" and Zaide in Mozart's "Zaide", and also appearing in numerous concerts at Marama Hall. As well as playing Hodel in "Fiddler on the Roof" for the Dunedin Operatic Society and attaining her Grade 8 piano during this time, she also won many prizes in various competitions, including 1st place in the Wellington City Opera Caltex Opera Scholarship Competition.

On winning this prestigious singing competition Nadia became closely involved with the Wellington City Opera Company, singing the part of Kate in "Madame Butterfly" and covering Siebel in "Faust". She was also fortunate enough to have the experience of playing the role of Apprentice in "die Meistersinger", in which the title role of Hans Sachs was taken by Donald McIntyre. While in Wellington Nadia continued her vocal training with Emily Mair at the Victoria University of Wellington, playing the role of Zita in "Gianni Schicci" in the university opera, and going on to graduate from there with an Honours degree in Voice. She also performed in many concerts in and outside of the university, and sang the role of Lola in "Cavalleria Rusticana" for the Wellington Opera-Technique Inc. Company.

Nadia next was awarded an Opera Assistantship and Full Tuition Waiver from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States, which allowed her to travel there and study with the mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn while working towards a Masters degree in Voice. Roles in opera included the Witch in "Hansel and Gretel".

After graduating she came to the United Kingdom where after the birth of her first child she began studying with Diane Forlano and resumed her career, singing the roles of Second Lady in "The Magic Flute" for Kentish Opera, Mercedes in "Carmen" for the Wimbledon Light Operatic Society, Veronique in "Dr Miracle" for St Albans Chamber Opera, Nancy in "Albert Herring" for Almaviva Opera, Flora in "La Traviata" for St Albans Chamber Opera and Idamante in "Idomeneo" also for St Albans Chamber Opera.

She has also been mezzo soloist in Handel's "Messiah", Haydn's "Nelson Mass", Mozart's "Coronation Mass", Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols", Vaughan-Williams' "Serenade to Music" and Vivaldi's Gloria and has also sung in many opera gala and lunchtime concerts.

Engagements for 2008 include performing in Handel's Judas Maccabaeus with the Welwyn Garden City Orchestra in June.

Nadia's singing has continued to progress further under the expert tuition of her current teacher Raymond Connell and her vocal coaches Linnhe Robertson, Ludmilla Andrews and Lada Valesova. She lives in St Albans with her husband and two children.