Manager: Damon Bristo
Management Territory: Worldwide
"With Cooper Nolan, we got to know a new tenor title holder -- a strong, powerful man of the old school of singing." Frankfurter Neue Presse, November 1, 2016 - 'Stiffelio' at Oper Frankfurt
"A powerhouse voice ... bright, focused, and expressive." Opera News
Dramatic tenor Cooper Nolan, praised for his “bright, shining, tenor”(Musical America) and his “powerhouse voice” (Opera News), is increasingly making a name for himself as an important interpreter of some of opera's most demanding tenor roles. In the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Nolan makes his Oper Frankfurt debut as the title role in Verdi’s Stiffelio and will also make his role debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Recently, he sang Don José in Carmen with El Paso Opera and in his European debut with Theater Kiel. . . . He also returned Santa Fe Opera, singing Tybalt in Roméo and Juliette under Harry Bicket while covering Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West under Emmanuel Villaume.
In recent seasons, Mr. Nolan was a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera performing Don José in Carmen and Trin in La fanciulla del West, in addition to covering Nemorino (L'elisir d'amore) and taking part in the world premiere of Kevin Puts' The Manchurian Candidate. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Apprentice Program at Santa Fe Opera, covering both Narraboth (Salome) and Teague in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. Mr. Nolan has performed Edgardo in Lucia di Lamermoor with Winter Opera St. Louis, Rodolfo in a semi-staged La Bohème with the Savannah Philharmonic, and then returned to the Savannah Philharmonic for an evening of operatic and musical theater favorites, including Puccini's "Nessun dorma". In the summer of 2014 he joined Glimmerglass Opera to cover Bacchus in its production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
Mr. Nolan has sung Luigi in Puccini's Il tabarro on the stage of the Norweigian National Opera House under the auspices of LidalNorth. With the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera, he sang excerpts from Rigoletto and Lucia di Lamermoor. Other performances highlights include Carmina Burana with the Savannah Philharmonic and Dance Alive National Ballet, Mendelssohn's Die Erste Waldpurgisnacht with the St. George's Choral Society, the Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites) with LidalNorth, and an Italian Opera Gala with the New Jersey State Opera.
A recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Nolan was seen there in many roles, including the Duke (Rigoletto), Ulysse (Fauré's Pénélope), Paco (La vida breve), and scenes as Don Alvaro (La forza del destino), and the title role in L'amico Fritz. While there, he was selected to sing alongside Thomas Hampson in a Gala performance honoring Marilyn Horne. Upon graduation, he was presented with the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, given to the most promising graduate of the voice program. A two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Winner, Mr. Nolan currently resides in New York City.
(Updated November 2016)