Scottish tenor Nicky Spence makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Big Prisoner/Nikita (From the House of the Dead).
Spence trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and National Opera Studio, before becoming an inaugural Harewood Artist with English National Opera. For ENO he created the role of Brian (Muhly’s Two Boys) and has also sung Alwa (Lulu), Števa (Jenufa), David (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) and Novice (Billy Budd). Other roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Baron Lummer (Intermezzo) and Steersman (Der fliegende Holländer) for Scottish Opera, Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Števa for Grange Park Opera, Rodolphe (Guillaume Tell) for Welsh National Opera, Iago (Rossini’s Otello) for Buxton Festival, Brian for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Števa for La Monnaie, Brussels, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for New Zealand Opera, Tichon (Kát’a Kabanová) for Seattle Opera, Janek (The Makropulos Case) for Frankfurt Opera, Young Man (Moses und Aron) and Andres (Wozzeck) for Paris Opéra and Francesco (Benvenuto Cellini) for Dutch National Opera. He has recorded Mime (Das Rheingold) with Mark Elder and Courtois (Zazà) with Maurizio Benini for Opera Rara.
Concert work includes appearances with Andris Nelsons, Yan Pascal Tortelier (Les Illuminations) and Mark Wigglesworth, and St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall and Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 with the Philharmonia, alongside recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, 5BMF, New York, and Tonhalle, Zürich. Recordings include a Strauss series with Roger Vignoles, Shakespeare and French song recitals with Malcolm Martineau and premieres by Dove and Turnage.