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.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
News: Aug 01 2018
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.