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Spence, Nicky (tenor)
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Nicky Spence (tenor)

Hailed by The Daily Telegraph as ‘a voice of real distinction’, Nicky Spence is fast emerging as ‘one of our brightest young tenors’. An artist of great integrity, Nicky’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.

On the opera stage, Nicky created the role of Brian in the premiere of Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys at English National Opera—a role he reprised for his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2013 conducted by David Robertson—and he created the role of Sergeant Johnny Strong in the premiere of Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The women of Whitechapel, also at ENO.

Highlights elsewhere have included David in the multi-award-winning Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Alwa in Berg’s Lulu at ENO; Captain Pirzel in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten for Teatro Real in Madrid; Ein Hirte and Ein junger Seemann in Tristan und Isolde for Opéra national de Paris; and, for Scottish Opera, Der Steuermann in Der fliegende Holländer and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.

Particularly noted for his performances of Janáček’s music, he has sung Števa in Jenůfa at La Monnaie and in David Alden’s landmark production at ENO; Nikita in From the house of the dead for Royal Opera House, La Monnaie and Opéra national de Lyon; and has appeared in Káťa Kabanová for Seattle Opera and Opera Holland Park, and in The Makropulos affair for Oper Frankfurt. He gave a series of performances of The diary of one who disappeared to mark its centenary.

An experienced recording artist, Nicky Spence first attracted a long-term recording contract at a young age and is increasingly gaining recognition on stage, radio and television as a presenter and performer alike, having contributed to tours and platinum-selling albums all over the world. The tenor’s discography includes his highly acclaimed 2016 French song recital disc with Malcolm Martineau entitled Paradis sur terre, which followed their successful debut disc As you like it. Nicky was nominated by the International Opera Awards for Young Singer of the Year 2015 and was also nominated for ‘The Times Breakthrough Award’ at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards, which celebrates the best up-and-coming young British talent across the arts industry.


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