Askonas Holt welcomes Nicky Spence for worldwide management

We are thrilled to announce the worldwide management of tenor Nicky Spence. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “a voice of real distinction,” Nicky is fast emerging as “one of our brightest young tenors”. An artist of great integrity, his unique skills as a singing actor, and the rare honesty in his musicianship, are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.

This week, he will make his debut at the Royal Opera House, as Nikita in a new production of From the House of the Dead directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, with Mark Wigglesworth conducting. This will be the first time Janáček’s final work has been performed at Covent Garden. Other cast members include Willard W. White and Johan Reuter.

Later this season, Nicky will make his debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Pirzel in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten. Another first (the opera has never been staged in Spain before now), performances run from 16 May to 3 June, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado and Michael Zlabinger (19 May), and directed by Calixto Bieito.

On the concert platform he has recently sung Britten’s Les Illuminations with the New World Symphony and Mark Wigglesworth, to great acclaim:

“Scottish tenor Nicky Spence was a superb protagonist on Saturday. With a large, powerful instrument and vocal range that encompassed a low baritonal register and strength at the top, Spence ably painted the score’s shifting patterns. Singing in French with projected supertitles, he immediately commanded attention with his agile declamation of “I alone hold the key to this savage parade,” the leitmotiv of the 20-minute score. He soared in the beguiling melody of “Antique” and softly caressed the dream spun cantabile line of “Being Beauteous.” Spence conjured up the band of motley and exotic marchers in “Parade” and brought tenderness to the final reverie of “Départ.” – Laurence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review, 12 November 2017

Nicky has also performed Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings at the Wigmore Hall with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra and Adam Johnson, and Bernstein’s Songfest with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and David Charles Abell.

Forthcoming engagements include Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at the Southbank Centre with the Bach Choir and David Hill, alongside AH artists Mark Stone, Jennifer Johnston and Brindley Sherratt. Throughout the 2017/18 season, Nicky performs in recital with the Myrthen Ensemble, sings Schubert’s Schwanangesang and Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge, and undertakes a recital tour of Janáček’s The Diary of one who Disappeared, including performances at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, the Buccleuch & Queensberry Arms in Thornhill, and Summer concerts at Langeland, Denmark with Julius Drake.

Nicky will be represented at Askonas Holt by Keiron Cooke and Sophie Dand. For more information, see Nicky’s artist page.

Welcome to AH, Nicky!

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