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Nicholas Tolputt

Counter Tenor

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Nicholas is the first countertenor to receive the generous support of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust and has been fortunate enough to be the 2015 recipient of the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship.

A recent graduate from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Nicholas has studied with two of Australia’s most accomplished operatic performers, Rosamund Illing and Susan Johnstone. He has attended masterclasses with Metropolitan Opera conductor Christian Badea, soprano Elena Xanthoudakis, and countertenor Andreas Scholl. In 2012, Nicholas was hired to perform Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri (Consort of Melbourne) for the Melbourne International Festival and ABC Radio. Nicholas has been fortunate enough to receive the Glover Music Trust Scholarship, which he intends to use to help fund higher education in Europe.

He has featured as the alto soloist Handel’s Messiah in 2011-2014 and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in 2012 (Reprise). In 2013 he held a recital in his home town of Launceston as a fundraiser to study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland with Andreas Scholl to great success.

His most recent engagement was for the 2015 Brisbane Baroque festival where he performed a solo recital of Vivaldi, Purcell and Handel arias. He has sung for the 2013 and 2014 Hobart Baroque festivals, where he appeared in solo recitals and understudied the role of Medoro in the final festival’s centrepiece opera, Orlando. Upcoming engagements include a fundraising concert to assist with overseas study.