This Wednesday sees Scottish born tenor Nicky Spence sing the title role in Act III of Parsifal with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder; a significant role debut for Nicky and another salute to his reputation as one the most promising young tenors of his generation. Following his successful Royal Opera House debut last season as Nikita (Janáček’s From the House of the Dead) What’s On Stage noted “Spence’s voice is fast becoming a thing of wonder; the heights of dramatic tenordom await”.
Having made his name in contemporary works, and in the operas of Berg and Janáček, Nicky has recently had success singing Ein Hirt and Ein Junger Seemann in Tristan und Isolde for the Opéra national de Paris, and as David in Richard Jones’ production of Die Meistersingers von Nürnberg for the English National Opera. In concert he has sung Mime Das Rheingold with the Hallé Orchestra/Sir Mark Elder which was released earlier this year on the Hallé’s own label; Steuermann in Der Fliegender Holländer with the CBSO/Andris Nelsons; and Ein Hirt and Ein Junger Seemann with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles. In 2021, he will sing his first Sigmund.
Parsifal (Act III) is performed at York Minster on 17 April 2019. More information can be found on the Ryedale Festival website.