Villain and heroine: The real-life husband and wife onstage in ‘Tales of Hoffmann’

Mar 25, 2017

LA Times | Rick Schultz

The acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau met her future husband, French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a Munich church 13 years ago while performing Jean Francaix’s oratorio, “L’Apocalypse Selon.”

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La Traviata / Chorégies d’Orange

Nov 1, 2016

Opera News | Stephen J. Mudge

“… the attentive Dr. Grenvil of baritone Nicolas Testé.”

I puritani / Teatro Real

Jul 6, 2016

El Imparcial | Alicia Huerta

“. . . finally Sir Giorgio Valton – with whose persona the Parisian bass-baritone Nicolas Testé embodies with great success  – has convinced the father of Elvira to allow his daughter to marry the man she loves, Arthur, rather than him.”

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Lucia di Lammermoor (in concert) / Philharmonie Essen

May 30, 2016

Das Opernmagazin | Detlef Obens

“Nicolas Testé was a wonderful Raimondo . . .”

{Nicolas Testé als wunderbarer Raimondo . . .}

Bachtrack | Christine Arnold

“As a haven for the wild, challenged Lucia, Nicolas Testé portrayed the role of Raimondo Bidebent with powerful coolness and a rich bass.”

{Als ein Ruhepol zu ihrer wilden, zerrissenen Lucia agierte Nicolas Testé in der Rolle des Raimondo Bidebent mit kraftvoller Unerschütterlichkeit und sattem Bass.}

Lucia di Lammermoor (in concert) / Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

May 29, 2016

Bachtrack | Denis Peyrat

“Nicolas Testé . . . deploys a superb line of singing and great nobility in his role as the chaplain who is unable to oppose the unleashing of rivalries and prevent the tragedy.”

{Nicolas Testé . . . déploie une superbe ligne de chant et une grande noblesse dans son rôle de chapelain incapable de s’opposer au déchaînement des rivalités et d’empêcher le drame.}

Les Pêcheurs de Perles / Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2016 | Christopher Corwin

“. . . Nicolas Testé shone as the handsome, implacable high priest Nourabad. His lean, forceful bass-baritone rang out with such security and idiomatic French style . . .”

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Gala Concert / León

Nov 17, 2015 | Diana Delgado

“The lights dimmed and the spectacular Diana Damrau appeared on stage, dressed in a green dress, accompanied by her husband, French baritone Nicolas Testé . . .

They greeted the audience and although it was an evening of celebration, it was also one of sorrow and solidarity with the victims of the attacks in Paris; The evening was dedicated to them. Shocked, Testé and Damrau could not speak and asked for a minute of silence to a standing audience. Thus began the unforgettable evening.

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Lucia di Lammermoor / San Francisco

Oct 11, 2015

Opera News | Georgia Rowe

“Bass-baritone Nicolas Testé made an indelible company debut, creating a Raimondo of generous vocal resources and considerable timbral allure.”

The Financial Times | Allan Ulrich

“. . . debuting Nicolas Testé made sonorous sounds as resident cleric Raimondo.”

SFGate | Joshua Kosman

“ . . . the French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé made a sonorous company debut as the cleric Raimondo . . .”

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Pelléas et Mélisande / Montréal

Sep 23, 2015

Montreal Gazette | Lev Bratishenko

“French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé was an excellent and tragic King Arkel. He rounded out a well-balanced cast in a hall that begs for more singing . . .”

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Il trovatore / Orange

Aug 8, 2015 | Michel Le Naour
“The secondary roles are well cast, especially Nicolas Testé as Ferrando, with a deep bass and real authority . . .”

{Seconds rôles bien distribués, en particulier le Ferrando de Nicolas Testé, basse profonde et d’une réelle autorité.}

Forum Opera | Fabrice Malkani
“To meet the requirements of the vocal writing, the engagement of qualified singers is important: in the role of Ferrando, the diction and articulation of Nicolas Testé fortunately compensates for the static character due to the staging decisions.”

{Pour répondre aux exigences de l’écriture vocale, l’engagement des chanteurs est palpable : dans le rôle de Ferrando, la diction et l’articulation de Nicolas Testé compensent heureusement le statisme du personnage dû aux choix de mise en scène.}

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