Nicholas was born in Nottingham and studied Commerce at Birmingham University, and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He won the Eric Vietheer prize at Glyndebourne, and was a Peter Moores Foundation scholar.
He recently performed the roles of First Son and First New Arrival in Barrie Kosky’s new production of The Nose for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Britten’s St. Nicolas at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Poland.
Operatic highlights include John Peter Pan (Richard Ayres) for Welsh National Opera and the ROH, Covent Garden; Rudolph Euryanthe and First Prisoner Fidelio (Glyndebourne and Le Châtelet, Paris); Nemorino Elixir of Love (Grange Park); title role in Count Ory at Blackheath Halls; Brighella Ariadne auf Naxos and Albazar Il turco in Italia (Garsington); Ernesto Don Pasquale, Almaviva Barber of Seville,Fernando The Wild Man of the West Indies, Paris King Priam at the Linbury Theatre, ROH (English Touring Opera); Lippman Of Thee I Sing (Bregenz); Ferrando Cosi fan tutte (Tokyo); Nero Coronation of Poppea (Early Opera Company); Tamino Die Zauberflote (Tel Aviv); Orpheus Orpheus in the Underworld, Remendado Carmen (Scottish Opera), Richard The Devil Inside (world premiere of Stuart Macrae’s new opera) for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales with performances in Toronto, Nanki-poo The Mikado and Frederic The Pirates of Penzance for Scottish Opera/D’Oyly Carte Opera. He made his debut at the Edinburgh International Festival as Sam in the world premiere of Ghost Patrol by Stuart Macrae for Scottish Opera and Music Theatre Wales, winner of a Soutbank/Sky Arts award for best opera.
He is a frequent guest for Opera North, where his roles have included Camille The Merry Widow, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lamplighter in Weimberg’s The Portrait, Pedrillo Abduction from the Seraglio, Lucano Coronation of Poppea and 1st Shepherd/1st Spirit Orfeo (Monteverdi).
He enjoys performing the works of Jonathan Dove, creating the roles of Soppy Hat Swanhunter for Opera North, Adam The Walk from the Garden for Salisbury and Lichfield Festivals and The Unknown Soldier with the London Mozart Players. He has also performed Tobias Tobias and the Angel and Lampwick Pinocchio.
An experienced concert performer, he has sung Parry Jones A Serenade to Music at the BBC Proms (LSO/Sir Andrew Davis); Tirsi La Danza at the Wigmore Hall with Christian Curnyn; Hotel Porter Death in Venice (QEH/Richard Hickox); Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at St. John’s, Smith Square, Messiah at Cadogan Hall and Camille The Merry Widow at the Royal Festival Hall with John Wilson and the Philharmonia.
Recordings include: Prince Dominic The Sofa (Independent Opera) for Chandos; Andres Maria del Carmen and Judge Schwanda the Bagpiper (NAXOS).
Current engagements for 2016/17 include cover Angel 3 Written on Skin (ROH), Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Aldeburgh Festival and a new recording of Samuel Wesley’s ‘Confitebor’.