Nicholas Tamagna is a countertenor of rare quality. Specializing in Händelian repertoire, he has conquered such challenging roles as Giulio Cesare, Ruggiero and Serse. His exquisite technique, seamlessly calibrated registration, clarity of diction, and dramatic versatility have allowed him to cross over into repertoire sung by other voice types.
In 2015, Mr. Tamagna returns to the Händel-Festspiele in Karlsruhe, Germany as Oronte in Händel’s Riccardo Primo, where he made his European debut in 2014, and he will perform Polinesso in Ariodante at Theater Münster. In summer 2014, he performs the role of the Spirit in Dido and Aeneas with early music ensemble Le Poème Harmonique at Opéra de Rouen and Opèra Royal de Versailles. During the 2012/13 season he sang Peisander in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses at Opera Omnia in NYC, and two title roles: Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at Indianapolis Opera and Händel’s rarely performed Rodrigo with Operamission.
Highlighting his comedic skills, he performed the Duchess in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with Utopia Unlimited Opera. In concert, he was a featured soloist in Händel’s Messiah with both Princeton Pro Musica and Ars Musica Baroque, and in the premiere of La Lombardesca with Christine Gevert’s Crescendo. Mr. Tamagna is frequent collaborator with the Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance troupe.
Mr. Tamagna’s active performance schedule has included performances of the title role in Händel’s Serse, Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Farnace in Mitridate, and Ruggiero in Alcina. With Opera London, Bel Cantanti Opera and in a reading sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, he performed the roles of Cesare and Tolomeo in Giulio Cesare. He has sung Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Gluck’s Orpheus (Opera Memphis), the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas, and in scenes from Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dove’s Flight, and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
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 of Distinguished 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, Ensemble Calandra, Crescendo Choir and Chamber Ensemble, and St. Boniface Choir in Brooklyn.
Nicholas Tamagna was the 1st Prize recipient of the 2012 New York Lyric Opera Theater Competition. In 2011 he placed in three notable competitions: as first winner of the 1st Nico Castel International Mastersinger Competition, as 2nd Judges Prize in the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition, and as a semi-finalist in the first ever countertenor competition - the Gianni Bergamo Award for Countertenors in Lugano, Switzerland.