Nicholas Nestorak is emerging as a tenor to watch after successful engagements in US regional opera companies. This season, Nestorak débuts at Opera Carolina as Gastone in La traviata, and will return later in the season as Trin in La fanciulla del West. This season also holds a performance as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro for Toledo Opera; Ali in Zemire et Azor for Skylight Music Theatre; the Physician in The Fall of the House of Usher and Spoletta in Tosca with Wolf Trap Opera; and a solo recital in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Last season, he delighted audiences as Tobias in Stephen Sondheim’s gruesome favorite, Sweeney Todd, at the Glimmerglass Festival after débuting there as Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte the season before. Elsewhere last season, Nestorak appeared in the title role of Albert Herring and Jupiter in Semele at Opera MODO; and as Lord Geoffrey in The Picture of Dorian Gray at Opera Fayetteville.
As a Benson Young Artist at Palm Beach Opera, Mr. Nestorak’s assignments included: Tonio in La fille du Regiment, Spalanzani and Nathanaël in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Oronte in Alcina, George Gibbs in Our Town, and Malcom in Macbeth. He is also an alumnus of the Young Artist Program the Crested Butte Music Festival where his assignments included Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Harlequin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.
Also maintaining an active concert calendar, Nestorak’s concert credits include Händel’s Messiah and Alexander’s Feast, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy; and Mozart’s Mass in C-Major. Nestorak regularly earns accolades in the competition circuit including recognition by Classical Singer Magazine, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Marcello Giordani International Voice Competition.
Mr. Nestorak holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from University of Michigan, where he appeared as Der Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea. He also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Hillsdale College, where his credits include Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Nestorak’s training also includes time at the Lyric Opera Stuido of Weimar where he performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.