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Nicolas Testé makes yet another debut next month, when he sings Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Paris’ Opéra Bastille. He shares the stage with Julien Behr as Tamino, Florian Sempey as Papageno, Vannina Santoni as Pamina and Jodie Devos as Königin der Nacht. The performances take place from April 27 until June 15 and Henrik Nánási conducts.

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Role debut as Claudius in Barcelona

News: Jan 27 2019

Nicolas Testé makes his role debut as Claudius in Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in two concert version performances on March 7 and 10 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

This unusual and much appreciated Hamlet, which features a semi-happy ending, is an excellent exponent of French lyric drama, whose works are midway between grand opéra and Romantic bel canto. Thomas has bequeathed us a score rich in nuances and dramatic plot developments, including a madness aria for Ophélie. Carlos Álvarez sings the title role, Diana Damrau is Ophélie and Celso Albelo is Laërte. Daniel Oren conducts Liceu’s orchestra and chorus.

The performance on March 7 is scheduled for broadcast via Catalunya Música and RNE.

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Critical acclaim for L’Enfance du Christ

News & Press: Dec 17 2018 | Forum Opéra

À Nicolas Testé, reviennent les deux rôles les plus étoffés de l’œuvre. Hérode lui permet d’exhiber son impressionnante voix de basse profonde capable d’incursions dans l’aigu. Avec ses graves caverneux « Interminable nuit », il prend le spectateur aux tripes. Sous l’emprise d’une musique inquiétante, il devient effrayant et menaçant. En revanche, quand il incarne le père de famille, il sait être chaleureux, accueillant et rassurant.

“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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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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