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

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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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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


DEC 14



L’Enfance du Christ / Hérode

Stéphanie, D’Oustrac, Bernard Richter, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Nicolas Testé

Emmanuel Krivine, conductor


MAR 7, 10



Hamlet / Claudius

Carlos Álvarez, Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé, Celso Albelo

Daniel Oren, conductor


From November 14 until December 1, Nicolas Testé stars as Nourabad in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera, returning to the role after having last sung it there in the 2015–16 season. He then received great acclaim, with Martin Bernheimer from the Finantial Times claiming “his resonant voice made [him] wish he had more singing in the piece”.

Pretty Yende is the beautiful priestess Leïla, and Javier Camarena and Mariusz Kwiecien portray Nadir and Zurga as rivals for her forbidden love. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

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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