Nicholas trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). In 2019 he will perform in the world premiere of KING KONG by Jeffrey Ching for Theatre Magdeburg and record MARGARET CATCHPOLE by Stephen Dodgson for Naxos. Recently he has taken the title-role in the world premiere of TO SEE THE INVISIBLE by Emily Howard at Snape Maltings, played Garibaldo RODELINDA with the re-formed Cambridge Handel Opera Company, and sang Marcello LA BOHEME at St John’s Smith Square. In 2017 he made his debut in Croatia as Smirnov THE BEAR and performed in the Portuguese and British premiers of the contemporary work HUMMUS by Zad Moultaka, and sang Harlekin ARIADNE AUF NAXOS. In recent seasons he has appeared as Maxwell Davies’ Mad King with Shadwell Opera and made his debut at Sadler’s Wells with Independent Opera. For Wexford he has played The Learned Judge TRIAL BY JURY, Andy Tracy in the European premier of LOSERS by Richard Wargo and taken roles in SALOME by Mariotte and IL CAPPELLO DI PAGLIA DI FIRENZE by Rota. For Glyndebourne: Footman/Waiter DER ROSENKAVALIER and Gunner’s Mate BILLY BUDD in the UK and New York. He has appeared with RSAMD/Scottish Opera as Forester Janacek’s THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Denisov WAR AND PEACE in Scotland and Russia, and Tchelio L’AMOUR DES TROIS ORANGES. Other roles include Arcalaus AMADIS DE GAULE by J.C. Bach, DON GIOVANNI in France with Westminster Opera, The Officer Philip Glass’s IN THE PENAL COLONY in London’s West End, Emperor Überall THE EMPEROR OF ATLANTIS, Junius THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, both Dancairo and Escamillo CARMEN, Peter HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Lindorf LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN, and Count Almaviva THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.
Away from the opera stage Nicholas is a keen concert singer and recitalist, singing works such as Messiah and Bach’s Passions throughout the UK and further afield. Before training as an opera singer, Nicholas studied at Jesus College, Cambridge, where, when not singing or playing rugby, he read History and Philosophy of Science. During his time at Cambridge he was a member of King’s College Choir. He began his singing career as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral.