Nicholas Tamagna is a countertenor of rare quality. Specializing in Handelian repertoire, no rx he has conquered such roles as Giulio Cesare, seek Ruggiero, and Serse. His exquisite technique, seamlessly calibrated registration, clarity of diction, and dramatic versatility allow him to cross over into repertoire sung by other voice types as well.
In 2012, Mr. Tamagna is appearing in concerts of baroque repertoire with The American Virtuosi, Ars Musica Chorale, Crescendo Choir and Chamber Ensemble, and Musica Nuova, as well as for the Richard Tucker Foundation. Last season, his performance schedule included the title role in Handel’s Serse, Pane in Cavalli’s La Calisto, the Witch in Hänsel 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. In recent seasons, 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.
As an active concert soloist, Mr. Tamagna has sung Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, the “Utrecht” Jubilate, Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate, and John Adams’ El Niño at venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. He has been a frequent guest artist with Amor Artis chamber orchestra and choir, Princeton Pro Musica, C4 Ensemble, One World Symphony, La Fiocco period instrument ensemble, Ensemble Calandra, Crescendo Choir and Chamber Ensemble, and St. Boniface Choir in Brooklyn.
Nicholas Tamagna received first prize at the New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition in 2012. In 2011, he was a winner of the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition; received third prize in the Arkadi Foundation Opera Idol Competition; was a finalist in the Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition in Fort Worth, Texas; and was a semifinalist in competition for the first-ever Gianni Bergamo Award for Countertenors in Lugano, Switzerland.