Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin made his Royal Opera solo debut in the 2013/14 Season as Daniéli (Les Vêpres siciliennes), returning later in the Season as Apparition of a Youth (Die Frau ohne Schatten). He had previously appeared for The Royal Opera as a student, singing in the Chorus of Savoyards (Linda di Chamounix in concert, 2009). He has sung in a Joyce DiDonato masterclass for the ROH Insights Programme. In the 2017/18 Season he returns to sing Daniéli.
Darmanin studied at the Royal College of Music with Rosa Mannion and at the National Opera Studio. He was a finalist in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (2015). A Rossini and bel canto specialist, his operatic appearances in this repertory have included Don Ramiro (La Cenerentola) for Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, Belfiore (Il viaggio a Reims) for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) for Welsh National Opera and Opera Holland Park and the title role of Le Comte Ory for Dorset Opera. Other appearances include Italian Tenor (Der Rosenkavalier) and Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Opera Vlaanderen, Don Ottavio for Nederlandse Reisopera and Mérgy (Hérold’s Le Pré aux clercs) for Wexford Opera Festival.
Darmanin’s concert appearances include recitals in the US for the Maltese Arts Council, Beethoven’s Symphony no.9 at the Barbican and Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall. He has sung in a masterclass at the Rossini Opera Festival with Juan Diego Flórez.