2015–16 Season: Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor
Bass-baritone Nicolas Testé makes his San Francisco Opera debut in a role he has performed in Munich and Marseille. Recent engagements include Frère Laurent (Roméo et Juliette) in Montreal, Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) with the Paris Opera Comique, Colline (La Bohème) with Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Des Grieux (Manon) with the Metropolitan Opera, Claudius (Hamlet) in Avignon, and Ferrando (Il Trovatore) in Orange, France. Testé regularly performs at the world’s great venues such as the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Paris Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival, and in Lausanne, Leipzig, Naples, Bilbao, Geneva, Lyon, Venice, and Vienna. Career highlights include the title role of Le Nozze di Figaro in Warsaw; Léandre (The Love for Three Oranges) in Geneva; Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) and Abimelech (Samson et Dalila) with Paris Opera; Frère Laurent and Ferrando in Marseille; Abimelech (Samson et Dalila); Panthée (Les Troyens), Agamemnon (Iphigénie en Aulide), and Frere Laurent in Amsterdam; Jupiter (Castor et Pollux) and creating the roles of the Coach Driver, Officer, and Jailer in the world premiere of Bell’s A Harlot’s Progress in Vienna. On the concert stage, he has appeared with Orchestre National de France, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Talents Lyriques, Accademia Santa Cecilia Rome, RAI Torino, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon and Lille, and Bayerischer Rundfunk. He frequently collaborates with his wife, soprano Diana Damrau.