A return to The Met in ‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’

News: Feb 28 2015

Next January, Nicolas Testé returns to The Metropolitan Opera as Nourabad in their first production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles in 100 years. This follows Mr. Testé’s “beautifully depicted” portrayal of Colline in La bohème last season.

He is joined by a spectacular cast in this new offering at The Met, including his wife, soprano Diana Damrau as Leila, Matthew Polenzani as Nadir, and Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, with Gianandrea Noseda leading the Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Performances take place on January 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 23, 27 & 30, as well as a special New Year’s Eve gala presentation on December 31. There will also be a Live in HD broadcast to theaters worldwide on January 16.

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Manon at The Met

News: Feb 11 2015

In March, Nicolas Testé sings the role of Comte des Grieux at the Metropolitan Opera in the Laurent Pelly production of Massenet’s dramatically decadent work, Manon. This is Mr. Testé’s debut in the role, and he is joined by his wife, soprano Diana Damrau as Manon, Vittorio Grigolo as Chevalier des Grieux, and Russell Braun as Lescaut, with Emmanuel Villaume leading the acclaimed Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Performances take place March 9, 12, 17, 21, 25 & 28.

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Manon / The Metropolitan Opera

Press: Mar 11 2015 | Eric C. Simpson | New York Classical Review

Nicolas Testé, singing just the second role of his young Met career, impressed as the elder Count des Grieux with his smoky, imposing voice; his surprise entrance into the gambling den was as intimidating as any Commendatore.

Zachary Woolfe | The New York Times
“. . . the bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, as Des Grieux’s father, sang with rich, smooth tone.”

Richard Sasanow | BWWOperaWorld.com
“Nicolas Testé . . . gave a gorgeously sung Comte des Grieux (the Chevalier’s father) in his role debut . . .”

Barry Bassis | The Epoch Times
“ . . . Nicolas Testé was impressive as the elder Count des Grieux . . .”

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