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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JUL 26



Bacchus / Le Révérend – Cancelled due to COVID-19

Michael Schønwandt, conductor

Catherine Hunold, John Osborn,Virginie Verrez, Nicolas Testé, Jérôme Boutillier, Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin, Sébastien Droy, Florie Valiquette, Philippe-Nicolas Martin, Maëlle Mietton


JUL 29, 2021



« Vivre ou Périr d’Amour »

Théatre des Carrières
Les Musicales du Luberon
Orchestre national Avignon Provence
Debora Waldman, conductor

Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass
Lise Nougier, soprano


SEP 5, 2021



José Cura’s Te Deum

José Cura, conductor

CURA: Te Deum dedicated to the 25th Festival Anniversary (first audition) for Soprano, Children Choir and Adults choir
CURA: Modus
CURA: Ecce Homo

Elisa Balbo, Maria
Ramón Vargas, Cristo
Roxana Constantinescu, mezzo
Marius Vlad Budoiu, tenor
Nicolas Testé, bass


«Vivre ou Périr d’Amour»

News: Jul 02 2021

On July 29, Nicolas Testé travels to Ménerbes to perform a new program, « Vivre ou Périr d’Amour », at the Théatre des Carrières with sopranos Diana Damrau and Lise Nougier, and conductor Debora Waldman leading the Orchestre national Avignon Provence. The program features some of the most beloved overtures, arias and duets by Mozart, Bellini, Mascagni, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Delibes, and Tchaikovsky.

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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