News: Jan 14 2017
Nicolas Testé is featured in the role of Nourabad on a new Metropolitan Opera / Erato Blu-ray & DVD release of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles. The release is currently available for pre-order, and will be sold worldwide on February 24 via Amazon.com. The starry cast includes Diana Damrau as Leïla, Matthew Polenzani is Nadir, and Mariusz Kwiecień is Zurga, with Gianandrea Noseda and the Met Opera Orchestra. Penny Woolcock directs the new staging, which debuted at the Met on New Year’s Eve (2015).
News: Dec 18 2016
Nicolas Testé begins the new year singing the role of Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen, in his return to The Metropolitan Opera stage. He performs the role on January 19, 23, 27 & 31 and February 3, 7 & 11 with two spectacular casts, including Sophie Koch / Clémentine Margaine alternating in the title role, Marcelo Álvarez as Don José, Maria Agresta / Janai Brugger as Micaëla, and Kyle Ketelsen / Michael Todd Simpson as Escamillo. Conductor Dan Ettinger leads from the pit for all dates. The January 19 performance also receives a free live online broadcast – listen at the following link.
Press: Mar 25 2017 | LA Times | Rick Schultz
The acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau met her future husband, French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé, in a Munich church 13 years ago while performing Jean Francaix’s oratorio, “L’Apocalypse Selon.”
“It was a heaven-and-hell orchestra, a heaven-and-hell chorus, and Nicolas sang Christ,” Damrau said, adding “my redeemer” with a laugh.