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Tenor

Nico Darmanin

"The Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin fires off his stratospheric top notes and coloratura volleys like a vocal Roman candle." - The Sunday Times

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Past
Jun 2022
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Verdi, G. - Traviata - Alfredo Germont
Estonian National Opera

Arvo Volmer, Conductor
Neeme Kuningas, Stage Director

May 2022
31.
20:00

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Marc Minkowski, Conductor
Ivan Alexandre, Stage Director

May 2022
26.
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Marc Minkowski, Conductor
Ivan Alexandre, Stage Director

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Biography Highlights

 
 

Current & Future Engagements

Debut with Bordeaux Opera as Rimbaud Roberto Diavolo, return to Cardiff Welsh National Opera as Count Almaviva Barbiere di Siviglia, Romeo Romeo et Juliette, Ernesto Don Pasquale and Alfredo La Traviata at the Estonian National Opera, return to Innsbruck Opera as Lindoro L'Italiana in Algeri, Alfredo La Traviata at Opera de Limoges.
 
 

 
 

Recent Engegements

Salzburger Festspiele debut in Verdi’s  I vespri siciliani as Daniele*, return to the Royal Opera House as Pong Turandot and Remendado Carmen, Alfredo La Traviata in Opera North Leeds,  Uberto di Snowdon  La donna del lago at the Buxton Festival*, Prince Ramiro La Cenerentola at the Hampshire the Grange Festival*,   Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi at Innsbruck Opera, Prince Ramiro La Cenerentola for Grange Festival, Ernesto  Don Pasquale in Cardiff’s Welsh National Opera, Romeo Romeo and Juliet at the Estonian National Opera, Alberto La Gazetta in Salzburg Landestheater, Ernesto Don Pasquale Welsh National Opera, Gastone, Alfredo La traviata Glyndebourne on Tour,  Sammut Aħna Refuġjati at Valetta Opera, Les Vepres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House, Conte Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia Welsh National Opera, Prince Ramiro La Cenerentola at the Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, Italian Tenor Rosenkavalier and Don Ottavio Don Giovanni in Opera Vlaanderen, Belfiore Il Viaggio a Reims Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni Nederlandse Reisopera, Comte Ory Dorset Opera Festival, Mergy Le Pré aux clercs at Wexford Opera Festival, Massenet’s Thais at the Cadogan Hall. *canceled
 
 

 
 

Portraits

Nico Darmanin, Tenor
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Ah leve toi soleil

Gounod - Roméo et Juliette

Ah leve toi soleil

Gounod - Roméo et Juliette

Deh miei bollenti spiriti'

Verdi - La Traviata

Deh miei bollenti spiriti'

Verdi - La Traviata

Com'é gentil

Donizetti - Don Pasquale

Com'é gentil

Donizetti - Don Pasquale

 

Reviews & Press

 
 

Opéra de Dijon - Donizetti, G. - Don Pasquale - Ernesto

Her lover Ernesto, played by tenor Nico Darmanin , also makes full use of her stage and vocal potential. Declaiming its text in a suave and velvety voice in the midrange, the highs stand out with a brilliant and harmonious vibrato. Communicative emotion is based on its palette of nuances.
 

- Marjorie Cabrol , Olyrix

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After his Traviata limougeaude in Ibiza , Nico Darmanin"just" to change swimming shorts for this Don Pasquale from Dijon. The bushy legato serves a determined and kaleidoscopic line, of love of course, but also with punctually dramatic incursions that touch the heart, without interruption. With him, a complete mapping of feelings is at work.
 

- Thibault Vicq , Opera Online

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These two fake lovebirds for a day are nicely manhandled by Nico Darmanin, charming Ernesto whose sunny timbre works wonders during the most memorable passage of the score, this melancholic prelude to I am looking for a distant land, with her trumpet à la Nino Rota at the opening of Act II 
 

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Estonian National Opera - Donizetti - Don Pasquale - Ernesto

The best and solid impression was left by Nico Darmanin, who sang Ernesto on the opening night. His singing flowed strongly and freely like a mountain stream. 
 

- Alvar Loog , Postimees

Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin sang his second premiere on the Estonian stage. A year ago, he shone as Romeo in Charles Gounod's opera "Romeo and Juliet". He has a bright and even voice with a beautiful sound. Darmanin's very moving and temperamental portrayal of Don Pasquale's nephew Ernesto contrasted well with the frozen environment around Don Pasquale. 
 

Eesti Päevaleht

Estonian National Opera - Gounod - Roméo et Juliette - Roméo

Roméo, Nico Darmanin, has the ideal voice for the role: light, lyrical but with enough heft and brilliance for the more dramatic scenes… Darmanin was superb in the well-known ‘Ah! Lève-toi, soleil’, sung with a true glow, and elsewhere he was just as impressive.
 

- Göran Forsling , Seen and Heard International

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Salzburg Landestheater - Rossini - La Gazetta - Alberto

In schüchterner Unbeholfenheit mimt Nico Darmanin den Alberto mit witzigem Applomb und steigert sich mit tänzerischer Beweglichkeit komödiantisch in die Rolle hinein. Gesanglich glänzt er mit lyrischer Farbe seines virtuos beweglichem Tenors mit Leichtigkeit in den Höhen.
 

- Elisabeth Aumiller , Dreh Punkt Kultur

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The surprise for the evening was the Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin as Alberto. With a full bodied Mediterranean timbre voice demonstrated perfected Rossini singing, met with precise ornamentation and diction, pleasing with (committed) dedicated playfulness...was truly a refreshing change to the many white timbered voices from the anglo-american region.
 

Das Opernglas

Kersington Symphony Orchestra - La Bohème - Rodolfo

Nico Darmanin's vital, Latinata tenor is already much in demand, and his buoyant vocalism and free-and-easy high notes brought his Rodolfo distinction.
 

- George Hall , Opera Magazine

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