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“In [the title-role] Nicholas Pallesen was the standout. He sang with a rich baritone and dramatic fervor throughout, beginning with his opening aria, in which he plots his vampiric conquests.” Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times - As Count Ruthven in Der Vampyr with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall
“Nicholas Pallesen proved impressive as Enrico, with a dark, sizable voice and consistently potent phrasing.” Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun - As Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Baltimore Concert Opera
"Baritone Nicholas Pallesen...brought authority and tonal beauty to Robert, his gravity belying his relative youth" Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal - As Robert Storch in Intermezzo with New York City Opera
American Baritone Nicholas Pallesen is quickly establishing himself as one of the most promising talents of his generation. Critics have praised him for his "authority and tonal beauty", "handsome, stylish singing", "depth of feeling", and his "formidable portrayal in bearing and voice". He is a 2012 recipient of a Richard Tucker Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and a 2013 Award winner of the George London Foundation Competition. He is also a former Grand Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and can be seen in the documentary, "The . . . Audition".
This season, Nicholas Pallesen returns to the New Orleans Opera for Falke in Die Fledermaus and to the Metropolitan Opera roster for various operas. In the summer he will sing Ford in Falstaff with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Edward Gardner. Future projects include a return to the English National Opera in a title-role and a debut in Köln.
Last season, Mr. Pallesen reprised the role of Germont in La Traviata at the Fort Worth and Shreveport Operas. Further to his great personal success at his English National Opera debut, Mr. Pallesen returned to that company as Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades. He also appeared in recital for the George London Foundation with soprano Angela Meade at the Morgan Library and took part in that year’s Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala at Avery Fisher Hall.
Previously, Mr. Pallesen made a string of important debuts with the Metropolitan Opera as Lysander in The Enchanted Island, the English National Opera as Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini and the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Baron Douphol in La Traviata. He also reprised the title-role in Marschner’s Der Vampyr with the New Orleans Opera and sang Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Göteborg Symphony and Kent Nagano as well as excerpts of the title-role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with the Vancouver (WA) Symphony.
In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Pallesen made two important title-role debuts: Lord Ruthven in Heinrich Marschner’s Der Vampyr with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and in Rigoletto with the Shreveport Opera. In concert, he sang Filippo in Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda with the Collegiate Chorale, also at Carnegie Hall and his first Germont in La Traviata at Wolf Trap. In addition, he sang the baritone solos in Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Alabama Symphony. Prior to that, Mr. Pallesen returned to the New York City Opera as Pluto in Georg Phillip Telemann's Orpheus. In March 2012, he made his role and company debut singing Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Baltimore Concert Opera. In the summer, Mr. Pallesen was heard in the Susan Graham and Friends concert at the Santa Fe Opera.
In the 2010-2011 season, he received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of Robert Storch in Strauss’ Intermezzo at New York City Opera opposite Mary Dunleavy, which followed a successful debut at NYCO as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly earlier in the year. The season also included Sharpless in his debut with El Paso Opera, covering the role of Bill Foster in the New York premiere of Stephen Schwartz’s opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon at NYCO, and a debut with Opera New Jersey singing John Sorel in The Consul.
Mr. Pallesen is a recent graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center. During his time in JOC, he performed Professor Himmelhuber in Krenek’s Schwergewicht, oder die Ehre der Nation under the baton of James Conlon, the title role in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer conducted by the composer, the title role in Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Verdi’s Falstaff, and Top in Copland’s The Tender Land. He is also a former young artist with the Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where he sang several featured roles.
Mr. Pallesen is a winner of the Giulio Gari, the Sullivan Foundation, the Opera Index, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Competitions. He has also won awards from the Loren L. Zachary Society, the Liederkranz Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Opera Birmingham Competition, the Santa Fe Opera, and a Richard Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, among others.
Updated September 2015