Nicholas Chalmers

chalmers_croppedNicholas is the artistic director and conductor of Nevill Holt Opera, conductor at Northern Ireland Opera and artistic director of Second Movement Opera Company. Nicholas was the first person to conduct a Benjamin Britten opera in China with Noye’s Fludde in Beijing (2012). He studied music at Oxford University and conducting at the Piacenza and Milan Conservatoires. From 2003 until 2008, Nicholas was the assistant organist of Westminster Abbey and director of music at the choir school. From 2008 until 2011, Nicholas was Assistant Chorus Master of English National Opera. With ENO he prepared 24 operas for conductors including Edward Gardner, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Charles Mackerras, Baldur Bronnimann and Sir Richard Armstrong.

For Second Movement he has conducted Mozart and Salieri (October 2004) Trouble in Tahiti (June 2005) The Medium and Impresario (January 2006) Les Deux Aveugles, Rothschild’s Violin and The Knife’s Tears (May 2007).  Conducting engagements with Northern Ireland Opera include The Medium (Feb 2011) Tosca (Best Opera – Irish Times Theatre Awards – April 2011) Turn of the Screw (March 2012 and Buxton Festival July 2012)  Noye’s Fludde (Belfast Zoo – August 2012, Beijing October 2012 and Shanghai July 2013) The Flying Dutchman (February 2013) The Bear (March 2013) Macbeth (February 2014) The Magic Flute ( September 2014) and Salome(February 2015).

With Nevill Holt Opera: The Magic Flute (June 2013) La Boheme and Turn of the Screw (July 2014) and Carmen (June 2015). Nicholas has recently worked at Opera National de Lyon and Zurich Opera and looks forward to returning to NI Opera for the 2016 season for The Turn of the Screw and Don Giovanni.

Nicholas was nominated for Best Opera Production for Turn of the Screw and Macbeth (Irish Times Theatre Awards – February 2013 & February 2015) and Achievement in Opera for The Flying Dutchman (UK Theatre Awards October 2013).

Nicholas was nominated for Best Opera Production for Turn of the Screw (Irish Times Theatre Awards – February 2013) and Achievement in Opera for The Flying Dutchman (UK Theatre Awards October 2013), Irish Times Theatre Awards for Macbeth.

Videos available under request.

Artist website


Robert Gilder
Managing Director


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