Native Frenchman Nicolas Testé . . . imbued the priest Nourabad with a mellow soft-grained bass and a handsome brooding presence.

Classical Voice North America

The French bass Nicolas Testé studied piano, bassoon and music history in Paris before embarking on a career as a singer. He studied at the Opéra National de Paris and Centre de Formation Lyrique. In 1998 he was awarded with the Second Prize at the “Voix Nouvelles” competition.

Nicolas Testé regularly performs in many renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Staatsoper Munich, Los Angeles Opera, San Fransisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Grand Théâtre Geneva, Teatro La Fenice as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival and Chorégies d’Orange.

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SEP 7, 10, 13, 17, 20, 25, 29
OCT 2, 5



I Puritani / Sir Giorgio

Riccardo Frizza, conductor
Laurent Pelly, director

Elsa Dreisig, Luc Bertin-Hugault, Nicolas Testé, Javier Camarena, Francesco Demuro


JAN 15, 18, 21, 26, 30
FEb 2, 13, 16



Roméo & Juliette / Frère Laurent

Lorenzo Viotti, conductor
Bartlett Sher, director

Diana Damrau, Vittorio Grigolo, Nicolas Testè, Mattia Olivieri, Marina Viotti, Frédéric Caton, Ruzil Gatin, Sara Mingardo


APR 4, 7, 10, 14, 18, 21, 24



Pelléas et Mélisande / Arkel

Daniele Gatti, conductor
Matthias Hartmann, director

Bernard Richter, Markus Werba, Nicolas Testè, Patricia Petibon, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo


Sir Giorgio in Paris

News: Aug 25 2019

From September 7 – October 5, Nicolas Testé returns to the role of Sir Giorgio in Bellini’s I Puritani, this time at the Opéra Bastille. The stellar cast also includes Elsa Dreisig as Elvira and Javier Camarena and Francesco Demuro sharing the role of Arturo. Riccardo Frizza leads the orchestra.

For his performance in the role at Teatro Real de Madrid, Diapason highlighted him as “one of the best singing basses on the international scene”.

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

Montreal Gazette

... the bass Nicolas Testé, as Des Grieux’s father, sang with rich, smooth tone.

The New York Times

... the bass Nicolas Testé, as Des Grieux’s father, sang with rich, smooth tone.

The New York Times