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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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


MAY 16

Santa Monica, CA

United States


James Conlon, conductor
Diana Damrau, soprano


MAY 7, 11, 15, 19, 22, 28
JUN 1, 4

New York, NY

United States

Il Pirata / Goffredo (role debut)

Maurizio Benini, conductor
John Copley, director

Diana Damrau, Angela Meade, Javier Camarena, Nicolas Testé


Frère Laurent in Milan

News: Jan 04 2020

This season, Nicolas Testé performs on the stage of La Scala as Frère Laurent in Bartlett Sher’s sumptuous production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Mr. Testé is joined by Diana Damrau as Juliette and Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo, with Maestro Lorenzo Viotti leading from the pit. The performances take place from January 15 – February 16.

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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