Harry Nicoll


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Harry Nicoll hails from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and now lives in London.

For English National Opera, he has sung Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos, Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Pacific Overtures (various roles), Daniel Buchanan Street Scene, Gonfleur Frère La Belle Vivette, 2nd Shepherd Orfeo; for Scottish Opera, Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Bardolfo Falstaff, Lover The Vanishing Bridegroom (Judith Weir), Dorville La Scala Di Seta, Edoardo La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Lord Tolloller Iolanthe; for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail; for Opera North, Nanki-Poo The Mikado, Gonzalve L’Heure Espagnole, Baron Lummer Intermezzo, Damon Acis and Galataea, Almaviva Barbiere, Orpheus Orpheus in the Underworld; for Welsh National Opera, Valetto Coronazione di Poppea, Vasek Bartered Bride, Tanzmeister and Brighella Ariadne, Idiot Wozzeck.

For Frankfurt Opera, Rodrigo Otello; for Cologne Opera, Vasek Bartered Bride; for Opera Voor Vlanderen, Pedrillo Die Entführung; for the Opéra de Nantes, Pedrillo Die Entführung; for La Fenice, Venice, staged performances of arias St John Passion, Soliman  Zaïde; for New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv, Almaviva Barbiere, Simpleton Boris Godunov, Vasek Bartered Bride; for the Berliner Kammeroper, Alessandro Il Re Pastore, Sandy The Lighthouse, Paolino Il Matrimonio Segreto; for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, Médor Roland (Lully); for Malta Opera, Almaviva Barbiere.  Roles elsewhere include Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Covent Garden Festival, Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw at the Harrogate Festival and at Batignano, Totonno I Gioelli della Madonna and Giovane Ermito La Leggenda di Sakuntala at the Wexford Festival, The Wildman of Orford (Lefanu) (various roles) at the Aldeburgh Festival, Don Ramiro La Cenerentola, Platée Thespis et Mercure, Ernesto Don Pasquale; Ecclitico Il Mondo della Luna for Dublin Opera Theatre Company.

One of the country’s leading interpreters of the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, he has appeared in concert with the Stavanger SO, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the London Mozart Players, the Residentie Bach Orchestra, The Hague – in Poland, France, Belgium, Germany, USA, Portugal and Norway as well as London’s South Bank, The Barbican, and The Royal Albert Hall.  His repertoire is extensive, ranging from Monteverdi to Mathias, and incorporates all the major choral works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Berlioz and Mendelssohn.  He regularly records for the BBC and is a favourite on Radio 2’s “Friday Night is Music Night”

His recordings include Britten’s Company of Heaven and of The Geisha for Hyperion, Music in the Country House and Music of the Grand Tour and The Company of Heaven for the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Recent engagements include Horace Adams Peter Grimes for the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Idiot Wozzeck for the Philharmonia Orchestra on tour in Europe and the USA, Pirelli Sweeney Todd for the Reisopera, Schmidt Werther for Scottish Opera, a recital in the Bath International Festival with James Baillieu.

He appears regularly at The Royal Opera House, where his roles include Goro, Erster Priester, Remendado, Erice L’Ormindo (at The Globe Theatre), Doyen de la Faculté Cendrillon, Joe La Fanciulla del West, Master of Ceremonies Queen of Spades.

Current season/future plans: Remendado and Missail Boris Godounow for the Royal Opera House, Basilio for the Longborough Opera Festival.

October 2015

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