Nicolas Testé

The French bass NICOLAS TESTÉ studied piano, bassoon and music history in Paris before embarking on a career as a singer. He studied at the Opéra National de Paris and Centre de Formation Lyrique. In 1998 he was awarded with the Second Prize at the “Voix Nouvelles” competition. Nicolas Testé regularly performs in many renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera New York, Staatsoper Munich, Los Angeles Opera, San Fransisco Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Grand Théâtre Geneva, Teatro La Fenice as well as at the Glyndebourne Festival and Chorégies d’Orange.

His extensive repertoire comprises title roles in Iphigénie en Aulide (Gluck’s Agamemnon), Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette ( Father Lorenzo), Massenet’s Manon (De Greio), Thomas’s Hamlet (Claudius) and Verdi’s Il Trovatore (Ferrando), Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Sarastro), Rameau’s Castor and Pollux (Jupiter), Gounod’s Faust (Mephistopheles), Offenbach’s The Hoffmann Tales (The Four Villains) and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Don Basilio).

In previous seasons he performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Puccini’s La Bohème (Colline) at the Metropolitan Opera in Bizet’s Carmen (Zuniga), at the Opéra de Paris in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila (Abimelech) as well as at the Los Angeles Opera in the role of the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann.

Further performances include Nicolas Testé’s return to the Bayerische Staatsoper in the production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo). Furthermore, he performed at the Opernhaus Zürich in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda (Giorgio Talbot) and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the same role. Further productions at the Deutsche Oper Berlin include Gounod’s Faust (Mephisto) and Ponchielli ‘s La Gioconda (Alvise Badoero). In January 2018 he performed at the Opéra National de Paris in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio) and in October 2018 Nicolas Testé returned to the Opéra Bastille to sing in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots in the role of the servant Marcel followed by an engagement at the MET performing in Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de perles (Nourabad). In spring 2019 Nicolas Testé made a celebrated role debut singing Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Paris’ Opéra Bastille as well as a role debut as Claudius in concert version performances of Hamlet in Barcelona and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In autumn 2019 Testé returned as Sir Giorgio in Bellini´s I Puritani at the Opéra Bastille and then also participated in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at La Scala as Father Lorenzo.

In the 2021/22 season he was on stage as Comte des Grieux in Manon at the Opéra of Lyon, as Ramfis in Aida against Anna Netrebko at the Teatro San Carlo Naples, in Norma as Oroveso at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and as Colline in La Bohème at the MET.

Besides numerous opera productions Nicolas Testé regularly performs with internationally renowned symphony orchestras. In November 2017 he embarked on an Asian Tour together with the renowned soprano Diana Damrau performing opera gala and recital programmes with concerts in Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei and Beijing. In the frame of the tour VERDIssimo he gave concerts in Europe’s major concert halls in May and June 2018.

In the upcoming seasons Nicolas Testé tours again Europe and Asia together with soprano Diana Damrau presenting their new programme Kings and Queens of Opera.

This evening’s exceptionally stylish programme is dedicated to operatic masterpieces from the late 18th  century, created by the great masters of Viennese classical music and by artists associated with Vienna and that era.

 

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