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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MAY 16, 20, 24, 27, 2022

New York, NY

United States

La Bohème / Colline

Eun Sun Kim, conductor
Franco Zeffirelli, director

Eleonora Buratto, Aleksandra Kurzak, Matthew Polenzani, Stephen Costello, Russell Thomas, Quinn Kelsey, Iurii Samoilov, Nicolas Testé, Donald Maxwell


JUL 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 2022



Norma / Oroveso

Domingo Hindoyan, conductor
Àlex Ollé, director

Paolo Fanale, Nicolas Testé, Marina Rebeka, Varduhi Abrahamian, Núria Vilà, Néstor Losán


FEB 26, 28
MAR 2, 4, 7



Hamlet / Claudius

Guillaume Tourniaire, conductor
Cyril Teste, director

Lionel Lhote, Jodie Devos, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Nicolas Testé, Pierre Derhet


This season, the Met celebrates the 40th anniversary of Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging of Puccini’s La Bohème. Nicolas Testé returns to the Met and the role of Colline on May 16, 20, 24 and 27, with Eleonora Buratto as the ill-fated seamstress Mimì, alongside tenors Matthew Polenzani, Stephen Costello and Russell Thomas alternating as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and baritone Quinn Kelsey are the on-again-off-again pair Musetta and Marcello, with Eun Sun Kim conducting.

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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