Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin makes his Royal Opera professional debut in the 2013/14 Season as Danieli (Les Vêpres siciliennes) and Apparition of Youth (Die Frau ohne Schatten). Darmanin last sang with The Royal Opera while still a student, as part of the chorus of Savoyards in the September 2009 concert performances of Linda di Chamonix. He sang in masterclass with Joyce DiDonato in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Darmanin grew up in Malta and studied law there, before moving to London to study singing with Rosa Mannion at the Royal College of Music. He has also worked in masterclasses and courses with Thomas Allen and Kiri Te Kanawa, and participated in Mirella Freni’s masterclass series in Modena. He was a member of the National Opera Studio 2012–13.
Since leaving the National Opera Studio, Darmanin has given concerts in Malta, and sung roles including Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) for Bury Court Opera, Fenton (Falstaff) for Opera Berbiguieres and Ferrando (Così fan tutte) at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.