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

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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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MAY 7, 11, 15, 19, 22, 28
JUN 1, 4, 2021

New York, NY

United States

Il Pirata / Goffredo (role debut) – Cancelled due to COVID-19

Maurizio Benini, conductor
John Copley, director

Diana Damrau, Angela Meade, Javier Camarena, Nicolas Testé

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JUL 3

Buenos Aires

Argentina

Opera arias recital

Diana Damrau, soprano
Nicolas Testé, bass
Helmut Deutsch, piano

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JUL 26

Montpellier

France

Bacchus / Le Révérend

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

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Update: Due to further COVID-19 restrictions, the performances of Die Zauberflöte have been cancelled. However, it will stream live on L’Opéra chez soi on January 22, and will be available on demand afterwards.

Premiering on February 3, Nicolas Testé stars as Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra Bastille.

Robert Carsen’s elegant production of unspoilt simplicity leads the audience through the four seasons and invites them to reflect on life as Death becomes their reassuring and consoling “best friend”.

Cornelius Meister leads from the orchestra pit, and joining Mr. Testé on stage are Cyrille Dubois, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Alex Esposito, Florian Sempey, Mélissa Petit, Julie Fuchs, Christiane Karg, Sabine Devieilhe and Nina Minasyan.

Of his role debut, Forum Opéra stated: “Nicolas Testé’s abyssal low notes allow him to superbly inhabit Sarastro’s dark vocality, as impressive as an Assyrian statue.”

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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