Nick Pritchard

Tenor

Biography
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Born in West Sussex, tenor Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is a Samling Artist.

Recent opera and concert work include Haydn’s Paukenmesse with The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, The OAE and Stephen Cleobury; Bach’s Magnificat for Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon; Bach’s Mass in B Minor for The Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Aldeburgh and Royal Opera House; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Paul McCreesh and The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota; Mozart’s Requiem for Simon Halsey and The Philharmonia Orchestra at The Three Choirs Festival, Jephtha for The Academy of Ancient Music, Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company; and Telemaco in The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto, both for English Touring Opera.

Recent and future engagements include Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aldeburgh Music Festival; Anphinomus in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Royal Opera House; Ferrando in Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Henry Crawford in Mansfield Park for The Grange Festival; Acis Acts and Galatea for The London Handel Festival and Laurence Cummings, Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade with L’Orchestre de chambre de Paris under Adrien Perruchon; Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall; Bach’s Mass in B minor with The English Concert under Harry Bicket and at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut; Bach’s St John Passion with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under John Butt (arias), Polyphony and the OAE under Stephen Layton (Evangelist), and in New York with the Choir of New College, Oxford. He is a new Rising Star for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and was recently voted ‘Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera’ in the WhatsOnStage Opera Poll 2017.

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Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is currently a Samling Artist.

Previous concert work includes King Arthur for the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performances of Handel’s Messiah with the English Festival Orchestra under Brian Kay at the Royal Albert Hall and the Nieuwe Philharmonie, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon, Bach’s Magnificat with the English Concert and Laurence Cummings, Monteverdi’s Vespers under Daniel Hyde, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Choir of New College, Oxford and Robert Quinney, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Leith Hill Music Festival, Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Gary Matthewman at the Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall, Britten’s Spring Symphony under David Hill, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings under John Rutter, Britten’s Winter Words with Simon Lepper as part of the Brighton Festival, and the world premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the choir of Merton College, Oxford.

Recent opera roles include Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Paulino The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera (for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role in Albert Herring, Lucano L’incorazione di Poppea, Torquemada L’heure Espagnole for the RCMIOS, Acis Acis and Galatea for Handel House with La Nuova Musica under Laurence Cummings, and Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company.

Current and future engagements include Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for the Brighton Early Music Festival, Britten’s Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival, Britten’s St Nicolas with the London Choral Sinfonia at St John’s, Smith Square, Handel’s Messiah for The Instruments of Time and Truth under Edward Higginbottom, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Beethoven’s Missa Solemenis under Stephen Cleobury, and Telemaco The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto both for English Touring Opera.



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“Nick Pritchard was a revelation as Paris. His voice is soft and supple, yet strong enough to cope with some seriously demanding music... with seeming ease. As we moved through the opera, I only found myself increasingly impressed by Pritchard, particularly by his control over his voice.”
˜ Bachtrack / St. John's Smith Square - The Judgment of Paris ˜

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“Nick Pritchard’s outstanding Telemachus.”
˜ The Spectator/English Touring Opera, Ulysses' Homecoming ˜

Events

Ferrando in Mozart's Cosí fan Tutte
2nd-22nd June 2018 - Opera Holland Park

Holland Park, London

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Dangerous Liaisons
26th June 2018 - The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and John Butt

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

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Elgar's Coronation Ode
30th June 2018 - Islington Choral Society, Michael Waldron

St John's Smith Square

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Haydn's Harmoniemesse
4th July 2018 - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Andras Schiff

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

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Berlioz's Requiem
14th July 2018 - Cheltenham Music Festival, British Sinfonietta, Adrian Partington

Gloucester Cathedral

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Handel's Israel in Egypt
11th August 2018 - The Really Big Chorus and Brian Kay

Birmingham Town Hall

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Dangerous Liaisons
30th August 2018 - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, John Butt

Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein, Basilika

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Mozart's Coronation Mass
31st August 2018 - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ádám Fischer

Kloster Eberbach, Eltville am Rhein, Basilika

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Handel's Triumph of Time and Truth
7th, 19th and 20th October 2018 - Instruments of Time and Truth, Oxford Voice and Edward Higginbottom

Tetbury Festival, Kings Place, London and The Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

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Bach's St John Passion
2nd, 3rd, 4th November 2018 - St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Jonathan Cohen

Cathedral of St. Paul, Minnesota and The Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul

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Handel's Messiah
22nd December 2018, 2.00pm and 7.30pm - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Maxim Emelyanychev

Royal Albert Hall

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“Of the young voices among the soloists – all required to move around the stage a good deal – tenor Nick Pritchard was the most impressive: the clarity of words, his full but sweet tone, together with the ability to inject an urgency into his sound without undue effort, stood out.”
˜ The Guardian/English Touring Opera, St. John Passion ˜

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