Nicholas Nestorak is a tenor on the rise since joining the Metropolitan Opera roster in 2021 and débuting in leading roles around the country.
At The Met, he has covered Pang in Turandot, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Bardolfo in Falstaff. Other recent engagements include a different member of the Turandot trio, Pong, with Opera Grand Rapids; Borsa in Rigoletto with Pacific Symphony; Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos for Lakes Area Music Festival; Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Antonin Scalia in Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg, and Monsieur Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor all at the Princeton Festival; and Beppe in Pagliacci with Opera San Antonio. This season, Mr. Nestorak will be returning to The Met to cover Pang for another season, and he will sing Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Grand Rapids and Prunier in La rondine with Opera on the James.
Recently, Nicholas performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Knoxville Opera and Florida Grand Opera, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte with Toledo Opera and Opera Grand Rapids, The Witch in Hänsel und Gretel with Brava! Opera Theater, 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 début as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Roanoke to critical acclaim. [read more...]
"…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..”