Nicolas Testé returns to Paris as Sarastro

News: Dec 30 2020

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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Royal Affairs in Paris

News: Dec 07 2020

UPDATE: The Opéra de Paris has announced that following the latest government announcements, all their activities are cancelled until at least January 7. Unfortunately, this concert is included.

On December 15, the last performance of the Royal Affairs tour takes place at the Philharmonie de Paris, with Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé, and Ivan Repušić leading the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France. The program features music by Rossini, Gounod, Delibes, Tchaikovsky, Parashkev, Verdi, Donizetti and Bellini.

Combining arias and duets from 19th century French and Italian operas, from Mary Stuart to Philip II, Norma and King Claudius, the German soprano and French bass sing the grandeur, the downfalls and the loneliness of sovereigns dear to the lyrical repertoire.

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Reviews: Die Zauberflöte in Paris

News & Press: Jan 25 2021 | Forum Opéra

La deuxième partie, après la solennelle prière « O Isis und Osiris », chantée d’une voix d’airain par Nicolas Testé...

“Nicolas Testé è stato un Sarastro di vocalità corposa nella zona grave e capace di buone sfumature”


“Nicolas Testé est un Sarastro caverneux”


En Sarastro, Nicolas Testé -comme ses collègues- passe autant à la caméra qu’aux micros. La réalisation permet d’apprécier la noirceur de son personnage, la nourriture de son souffle… et de ses graves, résonnants.


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