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...

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“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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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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Kings and Queens concert at Festival de Sintra

News: May 15 2021

For his first concert with an orchestra and a live audience since the pandemic measures started, Nicolas Testé joins Diana Damrau on the stage of the Sintra Festival on June 10, with Pavel Baleff conducting the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, for an evening of arias and duets featuring royal characters in Italian and French romantic opera.

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