Praised for his “rolling mellifluous baritone” (Opera Today), Nicholas Davis is making a name for himself in the world ofclassical music. In 2014, Mr. Davis became the first American to win first prize in the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition. This season, Nicholas will be engaged by Opera Philadelphia, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited, returning to the Michigan Opera Theatre and concertizing throughout the United States. In the 2016-2017 season, he was heard as King Mark in the Chicago Opera Theater’s new production of Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé, debuted with the Chicago Sinfonietta as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th symphony, and as Happy in Michigan Opera Theatre’s productionof La fanciulla del West. The 2015-2016 season saw his international debut in concert with the National Theatre Prague under the direction of maestro Libor Pešek. He was also seen in concert with the Karlovy Vary Orchestra, in recital at the American Center for Andrew H. Schapiro U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, as Marco in Gianni Schicchi with Chicago Opera Theater, in the Chicago premiere of Amy Beach’s Cabildo with the Chicago Opera Theater’s young artist program, in concert with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and returning to the Santa Fe opera as a 2nd year apprentice singing the roles ofDiener five in R. Strauss’ Capriccio, Gregorio in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and Jake Wallace in Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Most recently, Nicholas has been engaged by Opera Philadelphia, returning to Michigan Opera Theater as Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro and the Lyric Unlimited. In the 2017-2018 season, Nicholas debuted with Minnesota Opera in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers and at Seattle Opera in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Past highlights have included performances of the Duruflé Requiem, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, in performance at the Kennedy Center singing selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, performances of Abimelech in Samson et Dalila with the Kentucky Symphony, the titular character in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Arbor Opera and a guest appearance at the Bay View Music Festival in both their opera and musical theatre productions (Ford in Falstaff and Jim in Big River).
Noted for his interpretation of song, Nicholas has been awarded both the Dvorak interpretation prize in conjunction with first prize in the song category at the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition and the Kapralova interpretation prize and third place at the Czech and Slovak International Voice Competition. He has also been awarded the Lola Fletcher award from the American Opera Society of Chicago. Nicholas can be heard on “Poets & Patriots” a 2-disc collection celebrating the 200-year history of the star-spangled banner produced by the Star Spangled Music Foundation.
Nicholas is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky, the University of Michigan, Brevard Music Center, Des Moines Metro Opera apprentice program, Chicago Opera Theater young artist program, The Glimmerglass Festival Young Artists Programand the Santa Fe Opera apprentice program.