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 27, 30
MAY 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 30
JUN 4, 7, 12, 15



Die Zauberflöte / Sarastro

*Role debut

Julien Behr, Florian Sempey, Vannina Santoni, Jodie Devos

Henrik Nánási, conductor
Robert Carsen, director


JUN 24, 27, 29



Hamlet (concert)

Diana Damrau, Florian Sempey, Nicolas Testé

Yves Abel, conductor


SEP 29

Bad Wörishofen



Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Ivan Repušić, conductor

Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé


Nicolas Testé makes his role debut as Claudius in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in two concert version performances on March 7 and 10 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

This unusual and much appreciated Hamlet, which features a semi-happy ending, is an excellent exponent of French lyric drama, whose works are midway between grand opéra and Romantic bel canto. Thomas has bequeathed us a score rich in nuances and dramatic plot developments, including a madness aria for Ophélie. Carlos Álvarez sings the title role, Diana Damrau is Ophélie and Celso Albelo is Laërte. Daniel Oren conducts Liceu’s orchestra and chorus.

The performance on March 7 is scheduled for broadcast via Catalunya Música and RNE.

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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