The young British conductor Nicholas Chalmers is establishing a formidable reputation in the opera world as a champion of emerging talent and passionate advocate for the future of the art form’
Opera Now – Artist of the month April 2017.
Conductor Nicholas Chalmers is widely recognised as having established some of the most exciting and highly successful artistic projects in the UK in recent years. Nicholas is the artistic director of the award winning Nevill Holt Opera (Best Festival 2016), conductor with Northern Ireland Opera and a founding artistic director of Second Movement. With his long term collaborator, the director Oliver Mears, he has created over 20 productions and has been at the forefront of promoting young singers and contemporary music; the Rough for Opera series (produced by Second Movement) at the Cockpit Theatre, has commissioned and showcased over 40 young composers and librettists over the last 5 years.
With Nevill Holt Opera, Nicholas has conducted; THE MAGIC FLUTE, LA BOHEME and THE TURN OF THE SCREW, CARMEN, RIGOLETTO and THE ELIXIR OF LOVE. Nevill Holt Opera will open a new opera house in 2018 designed by Witherford Watson Mann. This exciting project will provide a new artistic hub for the performing arts in the East Midlands.
For Second Movement he has conducted MOZART AND SALIERI, TROUBLE IN TAHITI, THE MEDIUM and THE IMPRESARIO, LES DEUX AVEUGLES, ROTHSCHILD’S VIOLIN and THE KNIFE’S TEARS.
Conducting engagements with Northern Ireland Opera include THE MEDIUM, TOSCA (Best Opera – Irish Times Theatre Awards) THE TURN OF THE SCREW, NOYE’S FLUDDE (Belfast Zoo, Beijing and Shanghai), THE FLYING DUTCHAMN, THE BEAR, MACBETH, THE MAGIC FLUTE, SALOME, DON GIOVANNI and POWDER HER FACE and COSI FAN TUTTE.
Nicholas studied music at Oxford University, conducting at the Piacenza and Milan Conservatoires and was on the music staff at English National Opera from 2008 to 2011. In 2012, Nicholas was the first person to conduct a Benjamin Britten opera in China with NOYE’S FLUDDE in Beijing. Recent engagements include; Messiah Opera National de Lyon, THE TURN OF THE SCREW Zurich Opera and NOYE’S FLUDDE China Philharmonic.
Powder Her Face – Northern Ireland Opera
‘A mainstay of the company since its inception, Chalmers has been central to defining its musical signature. He delivered here another thoroughly satisfying performance from the Ulster Orchestra, one packed with detail and nuance, skilfully negotiating the variegated demands of Adès’s decidedly quixotic score.’
‘Nicholas Chalmers conducts the Ulster Orchestra with exemplary panache and gusto, relishing all the music’s ostentatious intricacies and dazzling special effects.’~
***** The Telegraph
Salome (NI Opera and The Ulster Orchestra)
‘Nicholas Chalmers produced a supercharged performance to reach heights of sweeping Straussian sophistication….this was visceral playing, really focused, and conducted with a controlled frenzy propelling it along remorselessly.’
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