Lucia di Lammermoor / Bayerische Staatsoper

Jul 16, 2017

Michael Bastian Weiß | Abendzeitung München

Mit Nicolas Testé, dem Ehemann der Damrau, kontrastiert ihm ein schwarzer, kantiger Bariton in der Rolle des Raimondo, während Ambrogio Maestri trotz baritonaler Stimmfülle fast zu lyrisch weich singt, um die Bösartigkeit des Enrico hörbar zu machen.

David Renke | Bachtrack

In der Rolle des Raimondo konnte auch Nicolas Testéüberzeugen, der mit samtigem aber ausdrucksstarkem Bass als Enricos Komplize agierte. Doch auch er gestaltete seine Rolle nicht nur einseitig und als er kurz vor der Wahnsinnsarie vom Mord an Arturo berichtet, nahm man ihm ab, dass er es soweit nicht habe kommen lassen wollen.

Teatro Colón / Concert

May 1, 2017

Clarín | Gonzalo Saldívar

“Testé was a worthy complement, from his entrance with “La calunnia” to the aria of Alvise de La Gioconda and another from Salvator Rosa, by Antonio Carlos Gomes. Another finding was the “Pif, paf” from Huguenots, and the version that Testé delivered of Philip II’s aria of Don Carlos (in the original French) was one of the most poignant that can be imagined.”

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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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