Young American baritone NIKOLAS NACKLEY has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe for his ability to “continually impress with his beautiful voice and acting.” Equally regarded for his concert and operatic work, Mr. Nackley’s career has spanned the American, European, and Asian continents.
Increasingly engaged for his interpretation of new music, Nikolas sang the role of Joe Pitt in the American Premiere of Eötvös’s Angels in America with Opera Boston and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Other recent opera credits include the Postman in Hoiby’s The Scarf, Harry Easter in Weill’s Street Scene, Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Deus in Charpentier’s Judicium Salomonis, Gregorio in Romeo et Juliette and the Baron Dupohl in La Traviata. He originated the role of Andy in Roger Rudenstein’s Grace with the orchestra of Emmanuel Music with whom he also performed the title role in Don Giovanni under the baton of the late Craig Smith. Companies include Festival Opera, Granite State Opera, Opera Boston, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Intermezzo Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, Boston Baroque and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
In demand for his work in oratorio and recital, Nikolas recently performed Bach’s BWV 82, Ich habe genug, with the the Boulder Bach Festival for which he drew praise in the In Denver Times for his “staggering baritone voice that is full and rich” and his “great musical sensitivity.” Concert repertoire includes Bach’s St. John Passion, Duruflé, Fauré, Mozart and Michael Haydn Requiems, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and the Messiah. Recent seasons include the Brahms Requiem in Boston’s Jordan Hall, St. Mathew Passion with Emmanuel Music, and Bach’s Magnificat with the Handel and Haydn Society and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. He has been featured on numerous occasions with the Handel and Haydn Society at Boston’s historic Symphony Hall and has been a frequent soloist in the renowned Emmanuel Music Sunday Cantata Series. In 2007, Mr. Nackley was selected as the baritone soloist for the Virginia Best Adams vocal fellowship at the Carmel Bach Festival. This concert is his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut.