Nicholas Warden

BA(Hons), ARAM, DipRAM, LRAM

Junior Academy - Voice

‘Nicholas Warden’s rich and agile bass left no doubt as to his authority’ (Opera Now).

Born in London, Nick had an outstanding career as a boy treble, performing operatic roles at The Royal Opera House and at ENO. He went to Durham University, graduating with a music degree, before continuing at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Mark Wildman. He was elected an Associate of the RAM in 2007.

Nick was awarded a Choral Scholarship to Durham Cathedral, whilst studying Music at Durham University. Upon returning to London to study at the Royal Academy he sang with many of London’s professional, church choirs and held permanent posts at St Pancras Parish Church (1997–2002) and St Clement Danes (2002–2011). He worked in the Chorus at Glyndebourne; Opera de Lille; Salzburg; Strasbourg Opera, and with choirs including The Choir of The Enlightenment; The Sixteen; Le Concert D’Astree and The King’s Consort. He enjoyed a long association with European Voices, performing concerts across Europe with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.

With a broad repertoire ranging from Handel, Monteverdi and Purcell to Mozart, Mendelssohn and Elgar and new music, he has worked throughout Europe with conductors including: Emmanuelle Haim, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Colin Davis, Sakari Oramo, Gary Cooper, Sian Edwards, Harry Christophers and Martyn Brabbins.

On the operatic stage Nick’s roles have included Scarpia (Tosca, Puccini); Un Songe (Dardanus, Rameau) Lille, Caen & Dijon; Winter & Sleep (Fairy Queen, Purcell) Lille, Gent, Amsterdam & Paris; Dragon (The Dragon of Wantley, Lampe) Potsdam Festival; Zoroastro (Orlando, Handel) Saddlers Wells; Mongolian Soldier (A Night at the Chinese Opera, Judith Wier) Scottish Opera; Priest (Hercules, Handel) Buxton Festival; Supt. Budd (Albert Herring, Britten) Antwerp, Gent, Brugge.

Highlights in the concert hall have included Haydn’s Creation (Cadogan Hall), Handel’s Orlando (Wigmore Hall), Verdi’s Requiem (Winchester Cathedral), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Barbican). Other notable venues include Gibraltar Cathedral, St John’s Smith Square, The Queen Elizabeth Hall and the bridge of the QEII. Selected as a recommended artist for the National Federation of Music Societies, Nick has performed with many Choirs and Choral Societies throughout the UK.

Nick has been a teacher of singing for 18 years.  He started teaching undergraduates at King’s College London, whilst still studying at the Royal Academy of Music. He is on the teaching staff at the Junior Academy; St Peter’s College, University of Oxford; St Paul’s School and Hurstpierpoint College.

 

 

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