Born in Scotland, Nicky Spence trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London then at the National Opera Studio sponsored by Help Musicians UK. In 2011, he joined the Harewood Artists programme at English National Opera. Rapidly signing a contract with Universal Classics, he soon emerged as one of the leading young opera singers of his generation and has since been invited to perform at the great international opera houses.
He performed the principal role in the world premier of Two Boys by Nico Muhly at English National Opera, a role he took up again for his debut at the Metropolitan Opera of New York last season. He has also interpreted the role of David (Die Meistersinger) at English National Opera under the musical direction of Edward Gardner, Rodolphe (William Tell) and Mambre (Moses in Egypt) at Welsh National Opera with Carlo Rizzi, Steva in Jenůfa at La Monnaie in Brussels, the Pilot in Flying Dutchman in a concert performance with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons, the Young Sailor in Tristan and Isolde with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Donald Runnicles, Tamino (Magic Flute) at Scottish Opera in a production by Sir Thomas Allen and Francesco (Benvenuto Cellini) at the Amsterdam Opera under the direction of Sir Mark Elder. He has taken part in the final concert at the Opéra Comique conducted by Jérémie Rhorer. This season, he is performing at the BBC Proms, the Barbican Centre in London (Zaza by Leoncavallo with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maurizio Benini) at the Frankfurt Opera (Janek in The Macropoulos Case) and at English National Opera (Steva in Jenůfa). He is also performing Shönberg’s Gurrelieder with the Hallé Orchestra and recording a CD of French Melodies with the pianist Malcolm Martineau with whom he has already recorded As you like it: Shakespeare Songs. Nicky Spence has been named “Young Singer of the Year 2015” at the International Opera Awards and has also been among the winners of the Time Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for the most remarkable young British artists.
This is his Paris Opera debut.