Scottish tenor Harry Nicoll made his Royal Opera debut in 2001 as the Major-Domo (The Queen of Spades) and has since returned regularly to sing for The Royal Opera, in roles including Goro (Madama Butterfly), Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Le Remendado (Carmen), First Priest (Die Zauberflöte), Eryka/Wind (L’Ormindo at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Missail (Boris Godunov). He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing First Priest.
Nicoll grew up in Inverness and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has sung widely around the UK, his engagements including Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Nanki-Poo (The Mikado) for English National Opera, Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Bardolfo (Falstaff) and Lord Tolloller (Iolanthe), Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Gonzalve (L’Heure espagnole) and Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld) for Opera North and Vašek (The Bartered Bride), Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Idiot (Wozzeck) for Welsh National Opera. He has sung around Europe for such companies as Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, Opéra de Nantes, Dublin Opera Theatre Company, New Israeli Opera, La Fenice, Venice, and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Nicoll regularly sings the Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion and St John Passion, and has appeared with such orchestras as the Hallé, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the London Mozart Players, at venues including the Barbican, the Royal Albert Hall and around Europe. He has made several recordings for labels including Hyperion and Bayerischer Rundfunk, and has recorded for the BBC.
Harry Nicoll as Missail and John Tomlinson as Varlaam in rehearsal for Boris Godunov, The Royal Opera
Harry Nicoll in L'Ormindo, The Royal Opera at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare's Globe
Harry Nicoll and John Tomlinson in Boris Godunov
John Tomlinson and Harry Nicoll in Boris Godunov
Harry Nicoll in L'Ormindo