Nicholas Tamagna is a countertenor of rare quality who is quickly establishing himself on the world’s opera stages. As a Händel specialist, he has conquered such roles as Giulio Cesare, Orlando and Polinesso. His flawless technique, seamless registration, clarity of diction, and dramatic versatility have won him critical acclaim and given him opportunities in a wide range of repertoire.
Next season, Mr. Tamagna will be featured as Silvio in Il Pastor Fido with Parnassus Arts Productions in Bad Lauchstädt, Germany and with Reisopera Holland as Pastore/Spirito in a new production of L’Orfeo. This year he will perform Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Florentine Opera and Ermanno in Gismondo, Re di Polonia with Theater an der Wien and in Gliwice, Poland. In 2017/18, he appeared in a co-production with Reisoper (Holland) and Staatstheater Oldenburg (Germany) in the title role of Hasse’s Siroe. He reprised his role in To Be or Not to Be (a Purcell/ Shakespeare Pastiche) with the Philharmonie de Paris. At the Spoleto Festival USA he debuted as Pompeo in Vivaldi’s Farnace and reprised Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen’s production of Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater in France. At Opera Omaha, he performed as The Refugee in Jonathan Dove’s Flight, and at Musikfestspiele Potsdam he sang Amore in L’Europa by Alessandro Melani.
The 2015/16 season was a monumentous one for Nicholas. He made his Australian debut in the title role of Philip Glass’ Akhnaten with the Melbourne Consort and sang the alto solo in Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater at Opéra de Rouen in France. In a Carnegie Hall concert, he sang Bach’s Magnificat and the World Premiere of Jonathan Breit’s Der Zippelfagottist. At Merkin Hall, he sang Goffredo in Rinaldo with Operamission, and with One World Symphony he performed the title role in Sung Jin Hong’s Hannibal. He again joined early music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique on tour as the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas and as the vocal soloist in To Be or Not to Be he performed at Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen, Opéra Royal de Versailles, and Opéra de Vichy. In 2014/15, Mr. Tamagna returned to the Händel-Festspiele in Karlsruhe, Germany as Oronte in Händel’s Riccardo Primo where he made his European debut the previous year. At Theater Münster he performed Polinesso in Ariodante, and debuted at the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden as Hassan in Zaid Jabri’s Cities of Salt. During the 2012/13 season, he triumphed as Akhnaten with Indianapolis Opera, from which a film version was broadcast. In New York, he performed as Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea at Symphony Space, the title role in the North American premiere of Händel’s Rodrigo with Operamission, and Pisandro in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Opera Omnia. In recent seasons, he has performed the title role in Händel’s Serse, Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto, Cesare and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Farnace in Mozart’s Mitridate, the Duchess in The Gondoliers, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Gluck’s Orpheus, the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and Ruggiero in Alcina.
Mr. Tamagna’s recordings include: the title role of Akhnaten (2013, Orange Mountain Music DVD), the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas (2015, Outhere Music DVD), as a featured soloist with the Canadian early music ensemble ¡Sacabuche! (2016, ATMA Classique CD), and as the alto soloist in Son Of England: Music of Henry Purcell and Jeremiah Clarke (2017, Alpha Classics CD). He has sung in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, and the Bozar in Bruxelles. At Lincoln Center he performed as a soloist in Goossens’ Edition of Händel’s Messiah and in productions of Babes in Toyland with Little Orchestra Society.
Nicholas Tamagna was the 1st Prize winner of the inaugural Nico Castel International Mastersinger Competition. In 2011 he won 2nd Judges Prize in the Arkadi Foundation Opera Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the first ever countertenor competition – the Gianni Bergamo Award for Countertenors in Lugano, Switzerland.