Nicholas Nestorak

Nicholas Nestorak

Nicholas Nestorak is emerging as a tenor to watch after successful engagements in US regional opera companies. Recently, Nestorak performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera and Florida Grand Opera, the role of Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Toledo Opera and Opera Grand Rapids, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Brava! Opera, and Grant Wood in Strokes of Genius, a new work about Cedar Rapids native Grant Wood, with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.  He also made his debut as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Opera Roanoke to critical acclaim.

This season he will join the roster of The Metropolitan Opera to cover Pang in their production of Turandot as well as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos.  In addition, he will return to Opera Grand Rapids as Pong in Turandot.

Calendar

Event Date
Mar 1
to
Mar 17
Ariadne auf Naxos
(Tanzmeister)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Apr 22
to
Apr 23
Turandot
Pong
Opera Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Artist Bio

Nicholas Nestorak is emerging as a tenor to watch after successful engagements in US regional opera companies. Recently, Nestorak performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera and Florida Grand Opera, the role of Monostatos in The Magic Flute with Toledo Opera and Opera Grand Rapids, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel with Brava! Opera, and Grant Wood in Strokes of Genius, a new work about Cedar Rapids native Grant Wood, with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.  He also made his debut as Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville with Opera Roanoke to critical acclaim.

This season he will join the roster of The Metropolitan Opera to cover Pang in their production of Turandot as well as the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos.  In addition, he will return to Opera Grand Rapids as Pong in Turandot.

He has delighted audiences at the Glimmerglass Festival as Tobias in Stephen Sondheim’s gruesome favorite, Sweeney Todd, after he made his début at the festival as Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte the season before; appeared in the title role of Albert Herring and Jupiter in Semele at Opera MODO; and as Lord Geoffrey in The Picture of Dorian Gray at Opera Fayetteville. Additional operatic engagements include the Physician in The Fall of the House of Usher; Borsa in Rigoletto and Spoletta in Tosca with Wolf Trap Opera; Pang in Turandot with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, the role of Gastone in La traviata with Austin Lyric Opera, and a performance in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins.

As a Benson Young Artist at Palm Beach Opera, Mr. Nestorak’s assignments included: Tonio in La fille du régiment, Spalanzani and Nathanaël in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Oronte in Alcina, George Gibbs in Our Town, and Malcom in Macbeth. He is also an alumnus of the Young Artist Program at the Crested Butte Music Festival where his assignments included Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Harlequin in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.

Also maintaining an active concert calendar, Nestorak’s concert credits include Händel’s Messiah and Alexander’s Feast, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy; and Mozart’s Mass in C-Major. Nestorak regularly earns accolades in the competition circuit including recognition by Classical Singer Magazine, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Crested Butte Music Festival, and the Marcello Giordani International Voice Competition.

Mr. Nestorak holds a Master of Music degree in Voice from University of Michigan, where he appeared as Der Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea. He also earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Hillsdale College, where his credits include Kaspar in Amahl and the Night Visitors and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Nestorak’s training also includes time at the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar where he performed Tamino in Die Zauberflöte.

Updated September 1, 2021.

Audio Samples

Audio Sample “Nothing’s gonna harm you”

Video

“Frisch zum Kampfe”; Pedrillo’s aria from Die Entführung aus dem Serail

“O Colombina”; Beppe’s aria from Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo

“New York Lights”; Rodolpho’s aria from A View from the Bridge by William Bolcom

“Un momento di contento”; Oronte’s aria from Alcina by Georg Friederic Händel

Press

"…was particularly convincing as Tobias..." – Classical Voice America

Sweeney Todd – “Nicholas Nestorak…was particularly convincing as Tobias, the not-too-bright teenager whom Mrs. Lovett initially treats with motherly kindness. He tellingly portrayed Tobias’ evolution from naiveté through dawning awareness to an apparent psychotic break with reality that leads to the chilling denouement.”

"...his lean tenor rode above the orchestra...” – Opera Today

Die Zauberflöte – “Nicholas Nestorak revealed himself to be a wonderful singing actor as Monastatos. He invested his text with nefarious import and his lean tenor rode above the orchestra.”

"...one of the highlights of the performance...” – Ann Arbor Observer

Don Giovanni – “As Don Ottavio, tenor Nicholas Nestorak’s passionate and seamless delivery of “Il mio tesoro” was one of the highlights of the performance.”

"…represent the future of opera...” – The Cooperstown Crier

Sweeney Todd – “And Nicholas Nestorak as the innocent-minded Toby almost steals the show.The array of talent displayed is quite remarkable since Greenleaf, Poroglic and Nestork…represent the future of opera.”

"...thrilled audiences..." – Palm Beach Arts Paper

Our Town – “George, the “boy next door” sung by tenor Nicholas Nestorak— who thrilled audiences with his many high Cs in Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment at last December’s outdoor concert — did a solid job going through nervousness before his wedding to Emily and her subsequent death in childbirth. A very believable singing actor, with a bright vocal production that sounded fine all evening..”