After shining on the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship stage last year, winner Nicholas Tolputt is having a wonderful time performing and planning some memorable performances this year.
He recently returned to Tasmania to sing at the Baroque Masterworks in Launceston, a performance he was glad to be part of because he is passionate about raising interest in opera in his hometown.
“It's always very special for me to return back home to Tassie to sing,” Nicholas said.
“The concert was organised by the only opera company in the north of the state Esque Opera, by one of my first singing teachers, Benjamin Martin. If it weren't for lessons with Ben, I would have never started singing as a countertenor or pursued opera as a career! The concert was a great success and we were lucky enough to perform for a full-house.”
Also in March, Nicholas covered the lead role in Adelaide Festival’s Saul by the Glyndebourne Opera.
The Countertenor said he is proud to be part of the Lyric Opera of Melbourne 2017 season in the role of Ottone in The Coronation of Poppea, on in July.
“I can't wait! The role sits well in my voice and I love the music of Monteverdi! Outside of Pinchgut, there isn't a great deal of operatic work for countertenors in Australia, so I feel very lucky to get the chance to perform the role,” he said.
“I've always wanted to sing Ottone. The range is that of a proper alto, so it suits me perfectly. I'm also really interested in the arc of the character. I think all the roles in the opera each have a really interesting story to tell and I'm keen to put it all together with the rest of the cast.”
After The Coronation of Poppea Nicholas will be heading to various locations overseas to audition for different conservatoriums so this could be the last opera he sings in Australia for some time.
Sydney Eisteddfod wishes Nicholas the best of luck with his auditions!