French bass Nicolas Courjal made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Zuniga (Carmen) and that year sang Le Comte Des Grieux (Manon) on the Company's Japan tour. His roles since for the Company include First Soldier (Salome) and Alberti (Robert le diable).
Courjal was born in Rennes and trained there and at the Paris Conservatoire. On graduation he joined the companies of the Opéra Comique and Wiesbaden State Theatre. He has sung widely in France, with companies including La Bastille, the Théâtre du Chatelet, Capitole Toulouse and in Nice, Montpellier, Avignon, Lyon, Boredeux, Nantes and Geneva. His repertory includes many of the major French roles for bass, among a wide range of other roles.
He is a prolific concert performer, his repertory including Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Le Damnation de Faust, Saint François d’Assise and songs by Ibert and Duparc. He is a keen supporter of contemporary work, and has performed in the premieres of pieces by Fenelon, Constant, Petitgirard and Dusapin.