Nicholas Tamagna is a countertenor of rare quality. Specializing inHändelian 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 2014, Mr. Tamagna will be performing Oronte in Handel’s Riccardo Primo at the Händel-Festspiele in Karlsruhe, as well as in the returning production in 2015. In the 2012/13 season, Mr. Tamagna will be engaged to sing the title role in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten at Indianapolis Opera, and with Operamission in the title role in Händel’s rarely performed Rodrigo. Highlighting his comedic skills, he performs the role of The Duchess in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers with Utopia Unlimited Opera Company. He also appears at Symphony Space as Ottone inL’Incoronazione di Poppea. In the concert hall, he is featured in Händel’s Messiah with Princeton Pro Musica and Ars Musica Baroque All-Star ensemble, and with Christine Gevert’s Crescendo ensemble in the premiere of La Lombardesca with music of the Polish Baroque. Mr. Tamagna is frequent collaborator with the talented Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance troupe and ensemble.
In 2011/12, he performed the role of Mr. Norris in A Weimar Flute, a contemporary piece based on Mozart’s Magic Flute, and in concerts of Baroque repertoire with The American Virtuosi and the Richard Tucker Foundation. In previous seasons, Mr. Tamagna’s active performance schedule has included: the title role in Händel’s Serse, Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto, the Witch inHänsel und 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, Glück'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.
Mr. Tamagna has collaborated with numerous composers to create roles in new works, most notably Billy in Richard Burke’s A Game of Poker. In 2009 he premiered the role of Milos in Jeff Meyers’ A Hunger Art and was an invited guest artist in Melissa Dunphy’s media-splash oratorio The Gonzales Cantata featured at the Philly Fringe Festival and on the Rachel Maddow Show. Both works were given repeat performances at The Burning Bayreuth Festival under the direction of Timothy Nelson.
An active concert soloist, Mr. Tamagna has sung in Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, Händel’s Messiahand Utrecht Jubilate, Bach's motets, Monteverdi’s madrigals and Il Ballo delle Ingrate, and John Adams’ El Niño at 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 the 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 the1st 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.