Photography by Marielle Solan
Nicholas Tamagna is a countertenor 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 on many of the world’s stages.
He most recently sang the role of Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo to great acclaim with operamission at Merkin Hall in New York City. Early in 2016, he began his season making his Australian debut as Akhnaten in Philip Glass’ Akhanten in a special performance on the March equinox in Mica Grange in Victoria, Australia. Also in 2016 he performed North American premieres of works by baroque female composers de Raschenau and de Rossi in Boston with La Donna Musicale. In 2016 he will be touring in Rouen, Vichy, and Versailles 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 as part of the season at the Théâtre de Rouen Haute-Normandie in Spring 2016. He will return to the Théâtre de Rouen Haute-Normandie in January 2017 for a special collaboration with Malandain Ballet Biarritz, featuring Tamagna in selections from Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater.
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 the Bozar in Bruxelles. He debuted with the ensemble in this role in 2014 at Opéra de Haute-Normandie Rouen and 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.
At the end of the 2015 season, Tamagna gave his debut performance in London for the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, where he sang the role of Hassan, created for him by Syrian composer Zaid Jabri in a newly composed opera “Cities of Salt”. The production was presented in partnership with Shubbak- A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture and theBrunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music, celebrating Middle Eastern classical composers.
Highlighting his comedic skills, he performed the Duchess in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” with Utopia Unlimited Opera and the Witch in Hansel and Gretel with various New York-based opera companies.
Mr. Tamagna’s active performance schedule has included performances of Endimione/Pane 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 and Tolomeo 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 features 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 of Concordian 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 Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and David Geffen Hall, formerly known as 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 and an acclaimed production of Babes in Toyland with Little Orchestra Society (of 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, Great Music at 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 a winning recipient of support from the Arkadi Foundation, and as a semi-finalist in the first ever countertenor competition – the Gianni Bergamo Award for Countertenors in Lugano, Switzerland.
|06 Aug 2016||Recital||Ossining, New York ( USA ) Trinity Episcopal Church||Trinity Episcopal Church|
|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||Versailles, France Opéra Royal de Versailles||Opéra Royal de Versailles|
|20 Nov 2016||Dido and Aeneas||Versailles, France Opéra Royal de Versailles||Opéra Royal de Versailles|
|28 Jan 2017||Vivaldi: Stabat Mater (Alto soloist)||Rouen, France Théâtre de Rouen Haute-Normandie||Théâtre de Rouen Haute-Normandie||Buy ticket|
|12 Feb 2017||Timothy of Athens (H. Purcell)||Boston, MA ( USA ) All Saints Parish||All Saints Parish|
|05 Apr 2017||Riccardo Primo | Oronte||Ulm, Germany Theater Ulm||Theater Ulm||Buy ticket|
|08 Apr 2017||Riccardo Primo | Oronte||Ulm, Germany Theater Ulm||Theater Ulm||Buy ticket|
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