“Frisch zum Kampfe,” Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail
“Nothing’s gonna harm you,” Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
“O Columbina, il tenero fido Arlecchin,” Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci
Nicholas Nestorak is emerging as a tenor to watch after successful engagements in US regional opera companies. This season, Nestorak performs the Physician in The Fall of the House of Usher and Spoletta in Tosca with Wolf Trap Opera, Pang in Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, and reprises Gastone in La traviata with Austin Lyric Opera. Last season, Nestorak débuted at Opera Carolina as Gastone in La traviata, and later returned as Trin in La fanciulla del West. He also performed as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro for Toledo Opera, Ali in Zemire et Azor for Skylight Music Theatre, and sang a solo recital in Hillsdale, Michigan.
Last season, Nestorak débuted at Opera Carolina as Gastone in La traviata, and later returned as Trin in La fanciulla del West. He also performed as Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro for Toledo Opera, Ali in Zemire et Azor for Skylight Music Theatre, and sang a solo recital in Hillsdale, Michigan.
In recent seasons, 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; 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 régiment, 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 at 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 Studio of Weimar where he performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.