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

Paris

France

Les Huguenots / Marcel

Lisette Oropesa, Bryan Hymel, Ermonela Jaho, Karine Deshayes, Nicolas Testé

Michele Mariotti, conductor
Andreas Kriegenburg, director

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NOV 14 17, 20, 24, 28
DEC 1

New York

United States

Les Pêcheurs de Perles / Nourabad

Pretty Yende, Javier Camarena, Mariusz Kwiecień, Nicolas Testé

Emmanuel Villaume, conductor
Penny Woolcock, director

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DEC 14

Paris

France

L’Enfance du Christ / Hérode

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

Emmanuel Krivine, conductor

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Nicolas Testé returns to the Opéra Bastille to sing in Meyerbeer’s grand opera masterpiece, Les Huguenots. The rest of the cast includes other internationally acclaimed singers, with Lisette Oropesa as Marguerite de Valois, Bryan Hymel as Raoul de Nangis, Ermonela Jaho as Valentine and Karine Deshayes as Urbain. The performances take place from September 28 until to October 24 and Michele Mariotti leads the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris.

Les Huguenots is a monumental fresco featuring various impossible loves in the context of the Saint Bartholomew Massacre. First performed at the Paris Opera, the work celebrated its centenary there in 1936, after more than a thousand performances, before being stowed in the archives of the Palais Garnier – the “grande boutique”. For its revival, Andreas Kriegenburg, the stage director, places these timeless conflicts of love and religion in an immaculate setting in which the costumes appear yet more flamboyant and the victims’ blood more violently red.

For more information and tickets, visit the Opéra Bastille website.

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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