BIOGRAPHY

DO NOT REPRODUCE WITHOUT CONSENT FROM ASKONAS HOLT LTD

Winner of the BBC Musician Magazine Personality of the Year 2022, Opera Singer Nicky Spence is one of Scotland’s proudest sons. Nicky's unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty of his musicianship and communication 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. 

The 2022/23 season sees Nicky making 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 also returned to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Laca in Claus Guth’s new production of Jenůfa conducted by Henrik Nánási. Later this Summer, he makes his debut as Erik in Der Fliegender Holländer alongside Sir Bryn Terfel for Grange Park and will make  his debut at the Deutche Staatsoper in the 2022/23 season, as Gregor in Věc Makropulos, in another production by Claus Guth conducted by Sir Simon Rattle following his role debut in the same role for Welsh National Opera this Autumn.

 

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. Another recent role is as one of ten Sky Arts Access Icons across the arts which sees Nicky figure heading their new campaign offering free resources to primary schools to unpack the art of opera and inspire young singers of the future.

NICKY SPENCE

 

GALLERY

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
 

DIARY 22/23 

event-header.jpg
OPERA

JANÁČEK

JENŮFA

SEPTEMBER 28 

OCTOBER 2 | 6 | 9 | 12 

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, COVENT GARDEN

download.png
IMG_5856.JPG
TV

ANYONE CAN SING

MARCH 30

APRIL 6 | 13| 20

SKY ARTS | FREEVIEW CHANNEL 11

sky-2.jpg
banner-2020-ludlow.jpg
RECITAL

LORD, COME AWAY!
IAIN BURNSIDE

APRIL 8

ENGLISH SONG WEEKEND, LUDLOW

Unknown-2.png
Nicky-Spence-photo.jpg
MASTERCLASS

GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA

MAY 18

GSMD, LONDON

Unknown-6.png
More details soon...
Season-Banners_3-2000x1000.jpg
OPERA

WAGNER
DER FLIEGENDER HOLLÄNDER

JULY 14 | 16

GRANGE PARK OPERA, SURREY

Yca4rotV_400x400.jpg
Elgar_BestWorks_Facebookimage.jpg
CONCERT

ELGAR
THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS

JULY 30

THE THREE CHOIRS FESTIVAL

Unknown-4.png
biolg_Ralph-Vaughan-Williams-1-ec3665d126.jpg
RECITAL

LORD, COME AWAY!
WIGMORE HALL

OCTOBER 22

WIGMORE HALL, LONDON

WIGMORE HALL.jpg
mfjb22-mobile_edited_edited_edited.jpg
RECITAL

JANÁČEK
VÊC MAKROPULOS

NOVEMBER 18

JANÁČEK FESTIVAL, BRNO

Unknown-3.png
de-munt-nda2nzy3ndqwng.jpg
OPERA

THE NOSE

JUNE 20 | 21 | 23 | 25 | 27 | 29 | 30

JULY 2

LA MONNAIE | DE MUNT, BRUSSELS

logo_white_small_2x_edited.png
The-Valkyrie-800x600-1.jpg
OPERA

WAGNER

VALKYRIE

NOVEMBER 19 | 22 | 25 | 28

DECEMBER 1 | 4 | 7 | 10

LONDON COLISEUM, LONDON

eno.jpg
Image 8.jpg
RECITAL

NICKY SPENCE

& DYLAN PEREZ

APRIL 1

LA MONNAIE | DE MUNT, BRUSSELS

La-monnaie-new-logo.jpg
More Information
credit - Ki Price.JPG
RECITAL

RECITAL 
MALCOLM MARTINEAU

MAY 3

ROYAL CONSERVATOIRE OF SCOTLAND

Unknown-11.jpeg
Nicky-Spence-headshot-credit-Bertie-Watson-1.jpg
RECITAL

MAN, WOMAN, CHILD
MALCOLM MARTINEAU

MAY 20

MARCHMONT HOUSE, THE BORDERS

90b1420e069a6f5b58d54b1f01bc030e_400x400.jpeg
rah_66868981957_edited.jpg
CONCERT

PROM 7:
DIDO AND AENEAS

19 JULY

ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON

V64edsIu_400x400.jpg
IMG_2345.JPG
RESIDENCY

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
COPENHAGEN

AUGUST 19 | 20 | 21 | 22

COPENHAGEN OPERA FESTIVAL

COF.jpeg
mfjb22-mobile_edited_edited_edited.jpg
RECITAL

JANÁČEK

THE DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED

NOVEMBER 12 

JANÁČEK FESTIVAL, BRNO

Unknown-3.png
page_1_edited.jpg
OPERA

JANÁČEK
VÊC MAKROPULOS

JANUARY 21 | 24 | 27 | 29
FEBRUARY 2

STAATSOPER, BERLIN

download-2.png
DdeN.jpg
CONCERT

ONE NIGHT ONLY
WITH
DANIELLE DE NIESE

FEBRUARY 18

BUXTON OPERA HOUSE, BUXTON

buxton-opera-house-illustration-on-white_9a4f78818ef11ddc64f798d5f87ab967.jpg
Hrusa_Jakub_c_Andreas_Herzau1_2560X2560.jpg
CONCERT

BEETHOVEN
SYMPHONY 9

4 APRIL

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

Philharmonia.jpg
9v7bGaUY_400x400.jpg
MASTERCLASS

ROYAL COLLEGE
OF MUSIC

MAY 4

BRITTEN THEATRE, LONDON

Unknown-5.png
Nicky and Dylan.jpg
RECITAL

MY DEAR, NATIVE SOIL
WIGMORE HALL

JULY 4

WIGMORE HALL, LONDON

WIGMORE HALL.jpg
Oxenfoord2016-facilities_practice_rooms-768x412.jpg
COURSE

OXENFOORD INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL

JULY 25 | 26 | 27| 28

LORETTO SCHOOL, SCOTLAND

Unknown-13.jpeg
0417720d3e011d227a98cabd03ba1895dc760660_edited.jpg
OPERA

JANÁČEK
VÊC MAKROPULOS

SEP - DEC 2022

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

WNO.jpeg
images-2.jpeg
RECITAL

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
WIGMORE HALL

DECEMBER 11

WIGMORE HALL, LONDON

WIGMORE HALL.jpg
Hrusa_Jakub_c_Andreas_Herzau1_2560X2560.jpg
CONCERT

BOHEMIAN LEGENDS AND PRAYERS

APRIL 20 | 21 | 22

ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI SANTA CECILIA, ROME

logo-ansc-blu.jpg
 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
press to zoom
1/1
 

CONTACT

WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATION

ASKONAS HOLT LTD

GREEK.jpg

CONTACT

WORLDWIDE REPRESENTATION

ASKONAS HOLT 

THE TEAM

KeironCooke02-WEB-150x150.jpg

KEIRON COOKE

Senior Artist Manager

Unknown.jpeg

ISABELLA PITMAN

Assistant Artist Manager

INTERVIEW & MEDIA ENQUIRIES 

Askonas Holt Ltd

Vocal Department

15 Fetter Lane

London

EC4A 1BW

United Kingdom

Rebecca Driver.jpg

REBECCA DRIVER

PR & Media Director

KEEP IN TOUCH & SEND A MESSAGE VIA NICKY'S SOCIALS

TWITTER

INSTAGRAM

FACEBOOK

21352.jpg
Image 164.jpg
page_1.jpg