News & Press: Mar 02 2023
Photo: Nicolas Testé – Hamlet par Cyril Teste (© V. Bianchi-ORW-Liège)
“Nicolas Testé campe un Claudius discret mais il sait reprendre ensuite courage et vigueur…”
“Nicolas Testé… excellent Claudius…”
“Nicolas Testé stattet den Königsmörder Claudius mit profundem Bass aus und begeistert darstellerisch, wenn er langsam von seinem schlechten Gewissen eingeholt wird.”
News: Feb 21 2023
Claudius has become king of Denmark after murdering his brother and marrying his widow. Hamlet, son of the deceased, loves the beautiful Ophelia, daughter of the chamberlain. He is visited by his father’s ghost who orders him to avenge him. Simulating madness, he dismisses Ophelia who loses her mind and drowns. Hamlet kills Claudius and ascends the throne, inconsolable at having lost the one he loves.
From February 26 until March 7, Nicolas Testé will return to the role of Claudius in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège. Guillaume Tourniaire conducts Cyril Teste’s production, also featuring Lionel Lhote, Jodie Devos, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, and Pierre Derhet.
News: Jul 03 2022
On July 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30, Nicolas Testé sings Oroveso in Àlex Ollé’s production of Bellini’s Norma at Gran Teatre del Liceu. Domingo Hindoyan conducts from the pit, with Riccardo Massi as Pollione, Marina Rebeka as Norma, Varduhi Abrahamyan as Adalgisa, Núria Vilà as Clotilde and Néstor Losán as Flavio.
News: Jun 28 2022
On June 27 at Gran Teatre del Liceu, Nicolas Testé will sing the role of Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte instead of Stephen Milling, who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The bass will join a cast that includes Julien Behr, Matthias Goerne, Joan Martín-Royo, Sara Blanch, and Serena Sáenz. Paolo Bortolameolli conducts the legendary production by Sir David McVicar.
News & Press: May 18 2022 | New York Classical Review
As Colline, Nicolas Testé sang a moving farewell to his treasured overcoat. His bass voice is leaner and cleaner than many, and all the more effective for it.
“As Colline, Nicolas Testé performed “Vecchia zimarra” with a gentle touch, It’s a role the bass-baritone has sung at the Met before, and his approach changed my attitude toward the number, aiding my understanding of the significance of the character’s sacrifice.”
News: May 01 2022
This season, the Met celebrates the 40th anniversary of Franco Zeffirelli’s beloved staging of Puccini’s La Bohème. Nicolas Testé returns to the Met and the role of Colline on May 16, 20, 24 and 27, with Eleonora Buratto as the ill-fated seamstress Mimì, alongside tenors Matthew Polenzani, Stephen Costello and Russell Thomas alternating as her lover, the poet Rodolfo. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and baritone Quinn Kelsey are the on-again-off-again pair Musetta and Marcello, with Eun Sun Kim conducting.