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“As Jupiter, Nicolas Testé unleashed a resonant, velvety bass worthy of a god”

Opera News


French bass-baritone 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, where he acquired a wide repertoire ranging from Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte to Alban Berg’s Lulu. In 1998 he was awarded with the Second Prize at the “Voix Nouvelles” competition.


Nicolas Testé regularly performs in many important opera houses and Festivals in Europe such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, De Nederlandse Opera, Flaamse Opera Antwerp, Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opera Lausanne, Oper Leipzig, Teatro San Carlo Naples, Opera de Bilbao, Grand Théâtre Geneva, Opéra de Lyon, Teatro La Fenice, Glyndebourne Festival, Chorégies d’Orange, the Montpellier Festival, the Theater an der Wien and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.


Mr Testé begins the 2014/15 season in Montreal singingFrère Laurent in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and returns for a new production of Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Theater an der Wien. At the beginning of 2015, Mr Testé sings Colline in La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper and will embody the role of Des Grieux in Manon at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. The bass-baritone will then give performances as Claudius in Hamletatthe Grand Opéra Avignon and will end the season as Ferrando (Il Trovatore) at the Festival d’Orange Choregies. On the concert stage, Mr Testé will join Piotr Beczala and Diana Damrau for concerts at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus and also gives concerts at the Festival der Nationen in Bad Wörishofen, Prague, and as Nourabad in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at thePalau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia. He can also be heard on a concert tour featuring belcanto repertoire together with Diana Damrau in Monte Carlo, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Munich, Helsinki, Nuremberg, Linz and Istanbul.


The bass-baritone’s most recent projects include performances of Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo) in Munich and Marseille, Colline (La Bohème) at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro in Warsaw, Léandre in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges in Geneva, Germont in La Traviata at the Opéra de Paris, Abimelech (Samson et Dalila) in Paris, Panthée (Les Troyens), Agamemnon (Iphigénie en Aulide) and Frere Laurent (Roméo et Juliette) in Amsterdam. The latter role he also performed at the Opera de Marseille, where he made his role debut as Ferrando in Il Trovatore in 2012. He also appeared as Jupiter in Castor et Pollux and as Coach Driver/ Officer/ Jailor in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress at the Theater an der Wien and as Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) with the Opéra Comique in Paris. In 2012 he also made his debut with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.


As a sought-after concert singer, Mr Testé worked with Orchestre National de France, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Talents Lyriques with Christophe Rousset, Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome, RAI Torino, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon and Lille and Bayerischer Rundfunk and renowned conductors such as Sir Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marc Minkowski, Michel Plasson, Georges Prêtre, Christophe Rousset, Pinchas Steinberg.