"...Nicholas Lester has been nurtured by OHP over several years, and with good reason. He has a terrific baritone, nimble, graceful and with a virile top range of great quality. His Figaro exuded authority and charisma, compounded by his being handsome and about a head taller than the rest of the cast - height is such a reassuring accomplishment. He wound the plot round his little finger with enormous skill and his 'Largo al factotum' alone was worth the trip..."
Australian baritone Nicholas Lester is a graduate of the National Opera Studio London (NOS) and upon leaving was awarded an Independent Opera Voice Fellowship. He studied at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Adelaide University) and was a Young Artist with State Opera of South Australia.
Nicholas is very grateful for the generous support of the Simon Fletcher Charitable Trust, the Tait Memorial Trust, Serena Fenwick and Christopher Ball.
London based, Nicholas has studied with Raymond Connell and Russell Smythe, and coaches with Ludmilla Andrew, Natalie Murray and Peter Robinson among other prominent industry professionals. Nicholas has worked with companies including British Youth Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera (sponsors of his studies at the NOS).
Nicholas has performed at venues in Beijing, Portugal and various European locations, and more locally; Birmingham Symphony Hall, Butterworth Hall, London's St Martin in the Fields and Cadogan Hall. He performed a world premiere at Royal Albert Hall and was honoured to sing for Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Australia House. His concert repertoire encompasses composers from Charpentier to Bernstein.
Nicholas has covered the role of Marcello La bohème for English National Opera, sung the role of Der Justizrat (cover Robert Storch) in Intermezzo for Scottish Opera and sung Schaunard La bohème with De Nationale Reisopera in the Netherlands and Glyndebourne On Tour. He performed Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
He completed an extensive UK tour performing the title role in Eugene Onegin and Figaro The Barber of Seville for English Touring Opera. He made his principal role debut as Marcello for the State Opera of South Australia and appeared as The Speaker (also covering Papageno) The Magic Flute with Scottish Opera directed by Sir Thomas Allen.
Nicholas returned to Scottish Opera for Albert (cover) in Werther, created the role of Edward Lear in new Slingsby Theatre/State Opera of South Australia collaboration Ode to Nonsense. He gave performances of Mahler's Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen with English National Ballet as part of A tribute to Rudolf Nureyev and covered the title role Don Giovanni for Scottish Opera.
Nicholas performed Dottore Malatesta Don Pasquale for Scottish Opera and returned the same the year to sing Ping Turandot in concert at Edinburgh's Usher Hall.
Last year he performed Figaro Il barbiere di Sivigilia for Opera Holland Park followed by Bohus The Jacobin for Buxton Festival to critical acclaim and toured Escamillo Carmen with Mid Wales Opera directed by Jonathan Miller. Most recently he performed Guiglielmo Cosi fan tutte Den Jyske Opera Denmark and Marcello for English Touring Opera.
Future plans include Frédéric Lakmé (Opera Holland Park), his debut with Welsh National Opera as Figaro The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni for English Touring Opera.
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