Nicholas graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music in 2014. Since then, his training has continued as the 2015 and 2016 Wright-Smith Scholar via the generous support of the Melba Opera Trust. In 2016 Nicholas became the first singer to ever win both the Australian Singing Competition and the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship (previously known as the Macdonald’s Aria) in the same year. He has studied with several of Australia's most accomplished operatic performers including Rosamund Illing, Susan Johnstone, Peter Coleman-Wright and Andrew Dalton.

 

An established artist with the Brisbane Baroque festival, Nicholas has performed in solo recital and opera for every festival to date since the inaugural 2013 Hobart Baroque. His most recent oratorio performances include the alto solos for Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri. He is the recipient of a Glover Music Trust Scholarship for overseas study and is was also a 2016 Young Artist for Pacific Opera. Upcoming engagements for 2017 include covering the role of ‘David’ in the Adelaide Festival’s production of Saul, as well as the title role in Handel’s Tolomeo. 

Nicholas makes his Lyric debut in the role of Ottone in the 2017 production of Coronation of Poppea. 

NICHOLAS TOLPUTT

Countertenor

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