The 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. 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 (Agamemnon), Roméo and Juliette (Frère Laurent), Manon (Des Grieux), Hamlet (Claudius), Il Trovatore (Ferrando), The Magic Flute (Sarastro), Castor and Pollux (Jupiter), Faust (Mephisto), The Tales of Hoffmann (The Four Villains) and The Barber of Seville (Basilio).
In the season 2015/2016 he made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in La Bohème (Colline) and at the San Francisco Opera in Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo). In addition he performed at the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Nourabad). This was the first time in history that the opera was performed at the Metropolitan Opera. Further engagements included Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, I Puritani (Sir Giorgio) at the Teatro Real Madrid and La Traviata (Doctor Grenvil) in Orange.
During the season 2016/2017, Nicolas Testé returns to the Staatsoper Munich in the productions of La Bohème (Colline) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Raimondo). Furthermore, he will perform at the Metropolitan Opera in Carmen (Zuniga), at the Opéra National de Paris in Samson and Dalila (Abimelech) as well as at the Los Angeles Opera in the role of the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann.
Besides numerous opera productions Nicolas Testé regularly performs with internationally renowned symphony orchestras. In spring 2017 he will embark on a South America Tour together with the renowned soprano Diana Damrau, including a debut on 27 April 2017 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Further concerts take place in São Paulo, Brazil, in Mexico City and Tijuana, Mexico and in Frutillar, Chile. This will be followed by the tour “Belcanto Drammatico” in May and June 2017. Together with Diana Damrau and the symphony orchestra Prague Philharmonia, Nicoals Testé will perform arias of Meyerbeer, Massenet and Verdi in the major concert halls in Europe, including the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Semperoper Dresden, Philharmonie Munich, Rudolfinum in Prague and ICE Krakow Congress Centre. In autumn 2017 he gives concerts in Asia in the Shanghai Symphony Hall, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo and in Seoul, Korea.