Nicholas trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In 2018 he will perform in the world premiere of To see the Invisible by Emily Howard at Snape Maltings, play Garibaldo in Rodelinda with the re-formed Cambridge Handel Opera Company, and sing Marcello in La Boheme at St John’s Smith Square. In 2017 he made his debut in Croatia as Smirnov, The Bear and performed in the Portuguese and British premiers of the contemporary work Hummus by Zad Moultaka and sung Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. In recent seasons he has appeared as Maxwell Davies’ Mad King with Shadwell Opera, made his debut at Sadler’s Wells with Independent Opera, played Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro, and covered the Gamekeeper and huntsman in Rusalka for Scottish Opera. For Wexford he has played The Learned Judge, Trial by Jury, Andy Tracy in the European premier of Losers by Richard Wargo and taken roles in Salome by Mariotte and Il cappello di paglia di Firenze by Rota. For Glyndebourne: Footman/Waiter in Der Rosenkavalier and Gunner’s Mate, Billy Budd in the UK and New York. He has covered Pollux, Castor and Pollux and Walt Disney, Perfect American for English National Opera. He has appeared with RSAMD/Scottish Opera as Forester in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen, Denisov, War and Peace in Scotland and Russia, and Tchelio, L’amour des trois Oranges. Other roles include Arcalaus, Amadis de Gaule by J.C.Bach, Don Giovanni in France with Westminster Opera, The Officer in Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony in London’s West End, Emperor Überall, the Emperor of Atlantis, Junius, The Rape of Lucretia, both Dancairo and Escamillo, Carmen, Peter, Hänsel und Gretel, Lindorf, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Antonio in Portugal’s Marriage of Figaro.
Away from the opera stage, Nicholas is a keen concert singer and recitalist. Appearances include Verdi’s Requiem at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Handel’s Judas Maccabeus and Israel in Egypt in the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, and Orff’s Carmina Burana in the City Halls, Glasgow, as well as regular appearances singing works such as Messiah and Bach’s passions throughout the UK and further afield. Before training as an opera singer, Nicholas studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, where, when not singing or playing rugby, he read history and philosophy of science. During his time at Cambridge he was a member of King’s College Choir. He began his singing career as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral.
KSO performance history
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