News: Mar 29 2015
Nicolas Testé joins his wife, soprano Diana Damrau, on tour across Europe featuring their “In Love with Bel Canto” program, in concert with renowned orchestras at some of the continent’s most revered venues. Works featured include arias, overtures, and orchestral excerpts from operas of the Bel Canto era and tradition, including Verdi’s La traviata and Luisa Miller, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Norma.
Mr. Testé and Ms. Damrau begin their tour on April 10 at the Auditorium Rainier III with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo led by Jacques Lacombe, and continue on April 13 at Oper Frankfurt with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and Maestro David Giménez. They are featured as part of the Wiener Konzerthaus Great Voices series on April 15, with the Symphonieorchester der Volksoper Wien led by Mr. Giménez, and travel to Germany on April 17 for a concert at the Herkulessaal with the Münchner Symphoniker and Giménez. Nicolas and Diana reunite this summer for a Bel Canto concert at Salerno’s Teatro Giuseppe Verdi on May 9, a performance in Nürnberg on June 10, a Gala Concert on June 14 at the Landestheater Linz, and a “Pearls of Belcanto” concert on July 8 in Ulm, at the Klosterhof Wiblingen.
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 . . .”
News: May 01 2015
This spring, Nicolas Testé sings the role of Claudius in Thomas’ darkly dramatic Hamlet at the Opéra Grand Avignon. Performances take place May 3 & 6, with a cast that includes Jean-François Lapointe in the title role, Patrizia Ciofi as the tragic Ophélie, and Géraldine Chauvet as Claudius’ scheming wife, Gertrude. Jean-Yves Ossonce leads the Regional Orchestra of Avignon-Provence and the Opéra Grand Avignon Choir, in this Vincent Boussard-directed production.