Nicholas Tamagna is a countertenor of rare quality, who is quickly establishing himself on the world’s opera stages. Specializing in Händelian repertoire, he has conquered such challenging roles as Giulio Cesare,Ruggiero, Orlando, and Polinesso. His exquisite technique, seamlessly calibrated registration, clarity of diction, and dramatic versatility have won him critical acclaim and afforded him opportunities to sing a wide range of repertoire.
Early in 2015, Mr. Tamagna returned to the Händel-Festspiele at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany as Oronte in the critically-acclaimed production of Händel’s “Riccardo Primo” from director Benjamin Lazare, where he made his European debut in 2014. From March till June 2015 he performed the role of Polinesso in Händel’s “Ariodante”, delighting audiences in a celebrated production from Kobie van Rensburg for Theater Münster.
With French early music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, he returned as the Spirit in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” for a concert presentation at theBozar in Bruxelles. He debuted with the ensemble in this role in 2014 at Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouenand Opéra Royal de Versailles in a production from Julien Lubeck and Cécile Roussat. Tamagna is featured in the filmed version of this production, which was released on DVD by Outhère Music in early 2015.
Between 2016 and 2018 he will be touring extensively with Le Poème Harmonique in revival presentations of “Dido and Aeneas”, as well as other concerts, including a pastiche honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, entitled “To be or not to be,” featuring the music of Henry Purcell and the texts of Shakespeare woven together into a dramatic presentation. This performance will be presented as part of the season at the Théâtre de Rouen Haute-Normandie in Spring 2016.
At the end of the 2015 season, Tamagna will give his debut performance in London for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, where he will sing the role of Hassan, created for him by Syrian composer Zaid Jabri in a newly composed opera “Cities of Salt”. The production is presented in partnership with Shubbak- A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture and theBrunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music, celebrating Middle Eastern classical composers.
During the 2012/13 season he sang the title role in Philip Glass’ rarely performed opera “Akhnaten” to great acclaim with Indianapolis Opera and Indiana University, from which a filmed version was broadcast and will be released in 2016 by Orange Mountain Music. Within the New York baroque scene, he performed the role of Ottone in a concert version of “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at Symphony Space, and sang the title role in Händel’s “Rodrigo” foroperamission’s North American premiere performance of the opera, as well as the role of Pisandro in Monteverdi’s “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” for Opera Omnia.
Highlighting his comedic skills, he performed the Duchess in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” withUtopia Unlimited Opera.
Mr. Tamagna’s active performance schedule has included performances of Endimione in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, the Witch in “Hänsel and Gretel”, Farnace in Mozart’s “Mitridate, Re di Ponto” (Little Opera Theatre of New York), Ruggiero in Alcina, Prince Orlofsky in “Die Fledermaus”, and Orpheus in Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice” presented in English (Opera Memphis). With Opera London (Ontario, Canada), Bel Cantanti Opera (Washington DC) and in a concert reading sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild (New York), he has performed the roles of Cesare andTolomeo in Händel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto”.
In 2015, he presented concerts in several European and North American cities, including his critically acclaimed program “Schurken und Narren: Arien des 18. Jahrhunderts” in Münster; an exploration of evil and insane characters in baroque opera for male alto. In addition he gave his first concert with Philippe Maillard Productions in a successful program of English song for lute and countertenor entitled, “Ayres and Prayers” in Paris. He is also a frequently featured guest soloist on concerts with Christine Gevert’s prize-winning choir and ensemble Crescendo in the Berkshires, in programs exploring rarely performed gems of the baroque repertoire. Continuing in this vein of projects exploring the lesser known regions of the baroque world, he was also invited to perform concerts and record in North-Eastern Canada as part of a project to present previously unpublished sacred works of obscure Italian composers of the 17th century, spearheaded by Canadian ensemble !Sacabuche¡, led by Linda Pearse and produced by Christa Patton. The album will feature award-winning vocalists and a rarely heard consort of sackbuts with cornetto, violin, and continuo, and is scheduled for release in 2015 by ATMA Classique. Nicholas Tamagna is also co-founder ofConcordian Dawn, a vocal trio specializing in medieval and early-renaissance music for alto, tenor, bass and harp with medieval specialist and harpist Christopher Preston Thompson.
An active concert soloist, Mr. Tamagna has sung in renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Avery Fischer Hall. At Lincoln Center he performed his house debut as a soloist in Goossens’ Edition of Händel’s “Messiah” under the auspices ofDistinguished Concerts International New York. He has been a frequent guest artist with Amor Artis Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Princeton Pro Musica, C4 Ensemble, One World Symphony, La Fiocco Ensemble, St. Bart’s Music Series, Gotham Early Music Series, Crescendo Choir and Chamber Ensemble, and St. Boniface Choir in Brooklyn.
In 2011 Nicholas Tamagna placed in three notable competitions: as the inaugural year’s First place winner in the Nico Castel International Mastersinger Competition, as 2nd place in the Arkadi Foundation Opera Competition, and as a semi-finalist in the first ever countertenor competition – the Gianni Bergamo Award for Countertenors in Lugano, Switzerland.
Photo © 2014 Marielle Solan
|09 Sep 2015||Brotherly Ayres: Music of Daniel and Henry Purcell||Lenox, Massachusetts ( USA ) Kimball Farms Auditorium||Kimball Farms Auditorium|
|23 Sep 2015||An Evening with Nicholas Tamagna||Poughkeepsie, New York ( USA ) Marist College||Marist College||free|
|14 Nov 2015||Remember and Rejoice! A Te Deum and A Requiem||Great Barrington, USA||Buy ticket|
|15 Nov 2015||Remember and Rejoice! A Te Deum and A Requiem||Lime Rock, USA||Buy ticket|
|29 May 2016||To be or not to be||Rouen, France Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen||Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen||Buy ticket|
|14 Oct 2016||Dido and Aeneas||Vichy, France Opéra de Vichy||Opéra de Vichy|
|04 Nov 2016||Dido and Aeneas||Rouen, France Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen||Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen|
|06 Nov 2016||Dido and Aeneas||Rouen, France Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen||Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen|
|08 Nov 2016||Dido and Aeneas||Rouen, France Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen||Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen|
|19 Nov 2016||Dido and Aeneas||Rouen, France Opéra Royal de Versailles||Opéra Royal de Versailles|
|30 Aug 2015||Chansons for a Summer Afternoon||New York, New York ( USA ) National Opera Center||National Opera Center|
|22 Jul 2015||Cities of Salt||London, England Royal Opera House||Royal Opera House|
|17 Apr 2015||Ayres and Prayers||Paris, France L'Église des Billettes||L'Église des Billettes|
|08 Mar 2013||Akhnaten||Indianapolis, Indiana ( USA ) Clowes Memorial Hall||Clowes Memorial Hall|
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