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Critical acclaim for L’Enfance du Christ

News & Press: Dec 17 2018

“Nicolas Testé est la pièce maîtresse de la soirée : la basse, royale, impressionne autant dans le legato que dans sa synergie avec l’orchestre. Il chante dans le cœur de la ponctuation, menaçant en Hérode, fraternel en Père de famille. Cette double facette rappelle au lointain la personnalité de Faust.”

Opera Online

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Hérode in L’Enfance du Christ

News: Dec 08 2018

For his last performance of the year, Nicolas Testé returns to Paris on December 14. He sings Hérode in Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ alongside Stéphanie D’Oustrac as Marie, Edwin Crossley-Mercer as Joseph and Polydorus, and Bernard Richter as a centurion and the narrator. Emmanuel Krivine conducts.

 

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Critical Acclaim: Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Metropolitan Opera

News & Press: Nov 16 2018 | New York Classical Review

There’s only one supporting role in The Pearl Fishers, the priest Nourabad, which Nicolas Testé carried off admirably, cutting an imposing figure and showing a thundering bass-baritone with a texture dark and rough as charcoal.

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera

News: Oct 20 2018

From November 14 until December 1, Nicolas Testé stars as Nourabad in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Metropolitan Opera, returning to the role after having last sung it there in the 2015–16 season. He then received great acclaim, with Martin Bernheimer from the Financial Times claiming “his resonant voice made [him] wish he had more singing in the piece”.

Pretty Yende is the beautiful priestess Leïla, and Javier Camarena and Mariusz Kwiecien portray Nadir and Zurga as rivals for her forbidden love. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

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Les Huguenots at the Opéra de Paris

News & Press: Oct 07 2018

“Encore plus là, la belle basse de Nicolas Testé, Marcel remarquable dans ses convictions et sa fidélité à son maître.”

Culture Box

“Enfin, Nicolas Testé tient la noblesse un peu sombre de Marcel avec constance, un chant beau et chaleureux qui doit pourtant composer avec les coupures assez importantes réalisées sur sa partition.”

Formalhaut

“Belle prestation de Nicolas Testé, Marcel, très homogène et convaincant dans son rôle de serviteur et conseiller d’un Raoul perpétuellement inconstant, lui rappelant sans cesse qu’il est protestant, nous faisant partager largement son exhalation religieuse, sa noblesse de caractère.”

Le curieux des arts

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Nicolas Testé returns to the Opéra Bastille to sing in Meyerbeer’s grand opera masterpiece, Les Huguenots. The rest of the cast includes other internationally acclaimed singers, with Lisette Oropesa as Marguerite de Valois, Yosep Kang as Raoul de Nangis, Ermonela Jaho as Valentine and Karine Deshayes as Urbain. The performances take place from September 28 until to October 24 and Michele Mariotti leads the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris.

Les Huguenots is a monumental fresco featuring various impossible loves in the context of the Saint Bartholomew Massacre. First performed at the Paris Opera, the work celebrated its centenary there in 1936, after more than a thousand performances, before being stowed in the archives of the Palais Garnier – the “grande boutique”. For its revival, Andreas Kriegenburg, the stage director, places these timeless conflicts of love and religion in an immaculate setting in which the costumes appear yet more flamboyant and the victims’ blood more violently red.

For more information and tickets, visit the Opéra Bastille website.

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