BIOGRAPHY

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Opera Singer Nicky Spence is one of Scotland’s proudest sons and his unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty of his musicianship have earned him a place at the top of the classical music profession. 

Nicky was schooled locally in Dumfries and Galloway before receiving a scholarship to the Guildhall School as their youngest singer at 17 years old. During his training, he won a record contract with Decca Records before taking a place at the National Opera Studio and latterly a position at the English National Opera as one of their inaugural Harewood Artists. 

 

Safely inhabiting the repertoire of Strauss, Janáček and Wagner, Nicky is fulfilling his exciting potential as a Heldentenor having recently made his role debut as Parsifal with the Hallé orchestra under Sir Mark Elder. Described in The Times as ‘a tenor who combines heroic tone and a poetic sensibility that takes the breath away’, Nicky has recorded prolifically and is a regular featured recitalist at the Wigmore Hall, London though he can mostly be found on the International stages of Opera de Paris, Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. 

This summer Nicky will return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Tichon in Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Káťa Kabanová conducted by Robin Ticciati, and he will be featured in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

The 2021/22 season sees Nicky make his role debut as Siegmund in a new production of Die Walküre for the English National Opera directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Nicky will also return to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Laca in Claus Guth’s new production of Jenůfa conducted by Henrik Nánási and as Samson in Richard Jones’ new production of Samson et Dalila opposite Elīna Garanča and conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.  Nicky also makes his debut at the Deutche Staatsoper in the 2021/22 season, as Gregor in Věc Makropulos, in another new production by Claus Guth and conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

 

Nicky is also a keen charity worker which encompasses his position as patron for both Blackheath Halls in London and Scottish Opera's Young Company, as an ambassador for Help Musicians UK, and proud president of Dumfries’s own Musical Theatre Company.  In 2019, Nicky joined the board of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.  

 

Nicky is a Samling Artist, recently joining their team as a leader of young singers, and enjoys giving masterclasses internationally. Spence was nominated by the International Opera Awards for Young Singer of the Year in 2015 and was also one of ten artists included in the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards celebrating the best up and coming young British talent from across the Arts industry. In 2020 he won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award for his critically acclaimed recording of Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared with Julius Drake and he was nominated as Singer of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

During the pandemic, Nicky was a volunteer vaccinator and he's just taken up the role of  judge and mentor on Sky Arts' TV show Anyone can sing.

NICKY SPENCE

 

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DIARY 21/22 

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OPERA

JANÁČEK

KATYA KABANOVA

MAY 20 | 22 | 26 | 29

JUNE 3 | 5 | 8 | 12 | 17 | 19

GLYNDEBOURNE FESTIVAL OPERA

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CONCERT

BBC PROMS -
TO SOOTHE THE ACHING HEART

AUGUST 16

ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

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OPERA

JANÁČEK

JENŮFA

SEPTEMBER 28 

OCTOBER 2 | 6 | 9 | 12 

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN

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RECITAL

OUT OF WINTER
JONATHAN DOVE

OCTOBER 23

OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL,OXFORD

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CONCERT

ONE NIGHT ONLY
WITH
DANIELLE DE NIESE

FEBRUARY 18

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE, BUXTON

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RECITAL

INTO SUMMER
WITH JULIUS DRAKE

JUNE 29

WIGMORE HALL, LONDON

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DYLAN AND NICKY.HEIC
RECITAL

LONDON IN YOUR LIVINGROOM

JULY 11

SAUGATUCK CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL

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RECITAL

JANÁČEK &

HUW WATKINS

OCTOBER 10

TWO MOORS FESTIVAL, SOUTH WEST

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OPERA

WAGNER

VALKYRIE

NOVEMBER 19 | 22 | 25 | 28

DECEMBER 1 | 4 | 7 | 10

LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON

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RECITAL

NICKY SPENCE

& DYLAN PEREZ

APRIL 1

LA MONNAIE | DE MUNT, BRUSSELS

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CONCERT

BRITTEN
WINTER WORDS

JULY 11

SNAPE MALTINGS CONCERT HALL

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RECITAL

JANÁČEK

THE DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED

JULY 25

OPERA HOLLAND PARK, LONDON

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RECITAL

INTO THE WOODS
SONDHEIM

OCTOBER 17

OXFORD LIEDER FESTIVAL, OXFORD

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OPERA

JANÁČEK
VÊC MAKROPULOS

FEBRUARY 13 | 16 | 19 | 22 | 25 | 27

STAATSOPER, BERLIN

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OPERA

SAINT-SAËNS

SAMSON ET DALILA

MAY 26 | 29

JUNE 3 | 7 | 10 | 13 | 16 | 19

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN

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DISCOGRAPHY

 

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