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

Classical Voice North America

The French bass-baritone 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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JUL 22




Thurn & Taxis Schlossfestspiele
Hofer Symphonikern

Diana Damrau, soprano

Pavel Baleff, conductor


SEP 28
OCT 1, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16,
20, 24



Les Huguenots / Marcel

Diana Damrau, Bryan Hymel, Ermonela Jaho, Karine Deshayes, Nicolas Testé

Michele Mariotti, conductor
Andreas Kriegenburg, director


NOV 14 17, 20, 24, 28

New York

United States

Les Pêcheurs de Perles / Nourabad

Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Mariusz Kwiecień, Nicolas Testé

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Penny Woolcock, director


This June, Nicolas Testé alternates between two role debuts, both at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: Alvise Badoero in Ponchielli’s La Gioconda and Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust.

On June 28, he makes his debut as Alvise, singing alongside Hui He in the title role, Judit Kutasi as La Cieca and Daniela Barcellona as Laura. Pinchas Steinberg conducts the performances on June 28, and July 1, 4 and 7.

For the performances of Faust, on July 3 and 6, he is joined on stage by Bryan Hymel as Faust, Nicole Car as Marguerite, Etienne Dupuis as Valentin and Jana Kurucová as Siebel. Jacques Lacombe leads the orchestra.

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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...

Montreal Gazette

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

The New York Times

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

The New York Times