Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard sang in the choir of New College, Oxford (where he studied music) and is currently studying singing with Russell Smythe at The Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS), where he is a Mason scholar, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and a Help Musicians UK Tutton award. He won 1st Prize in the Dean and Chadlington Singing Competition and The London Bach Society Bach Singers’ Prize. He is also a Samling Artist.
Concert appearances include King Arthur (c. Christian Curnyn, The Early Opera Company, Wigmore Hall), Bach’s Mass in B minor (c. Sir John-Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists), Messiah (c. Brian Kay, English Festival Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall) and with the Nieuwe Philharmonie in Utrecht, Bach Cantatas for Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, the Bach Magnificat (c. Laurence Cummings, The English Concert), Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (c. Daniel Hyde), the St. John Passion (c. Robert Quinney, The Choir of New College, Oxford), the St. Matthew Passion (Leith Hill Music Festival), Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Die Schöne Müllerin (Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall with Gary Matthewman) Britten’s Spring Symphony (c. David Hill), Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (c. John Rutter), Winter Words (Brighton Festival with Simon Lepper) and the world première of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the choir of Merton College, Oxford.
Recent opera roles include Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria (c. Ian Page with the Classical Opera Company), Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for Iford Arts (c. Christian Curnyn), Paulino The Secret Marriage (British Youth Opera – for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Tamino, Lucano L’incoronazione di Poppea and Torquemada L’heure espagnole for the RCMIOS, title role Acis and Galatea for Handel House and La Nuova Musica (c. Laurence Cummings).
Current Season/future plans: the première of Matthew Pleasure (Mark Simpson) for Opera North (house début)/Aldeburgh/Linbury, title role Albert Herring for the RCMIOS, Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for The Brighton Early Music Festival, Haydn’s The Seasons for The English Haydn Festival, Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Messiah for The Instruments of Time and Truth (c. Edward Higginbottom), the St. Matthew Passion for St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota (c. Paul McCreesh) and Beethoven’s Missa Solemenis (c. Stephen Cleobury).
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