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Keiron Cooke

Keiron Cooke

Associate Director
Will Pate

Will Pate

Associate Artist Manager


Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Nicky

An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence's unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship have earned him a place at the top of the music profession. He was made an OBE in the 2023 King's Birthday Honours, and is the winner of the RPS Singer Award 2024.

Recent highlights have included Laca in Claus Guth's new production of Jenůfa for the Royal Opera, Siegmund in Richard Jones' new production of The Valkyrie for the English National Opera, Albert Gregor (Věc Makropulos) for the Deutsche Staatsoper, Tichon in Damiano Michieletto's new production of Káťa Kabanová at the Glyndebourne Festival and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer) for Grange Park Opera.

Nicky gives recitals internationally, and records prolifically. In 2020, he won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Gramophone's Solo Vocal Award for his critically acclaimed recording of Janáček's The Diary of One Who Disappeared. The BBC Music Magazine awarded him Personality of the Year in 2022.

Nicky is a Help Musicians Ambassador and is President-Elect of the Independent Society of Musicians, a position he will take up in the 2024/25 Season.

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Oct 2023 - Nov 2023
La Monnaie
Wagner Das Rheingold (Loge)
Jan 2024 - Jan 2024
Barbican, London
Janáček Jenůfa (Števa) London Symphony Orchestra Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Feb 2024 - Mar 2024
Opéra national de Paris
Adès The Exterminating Angel (Edmundo, Marquès de Nobile)

Selected Repertoire

BarberKnoxville: Summer of 1915
BeethovenFidelio (Florestan)
BergLulu (Alwa)   •   Wozzeck (Hauptmann / Andres)
BerliozBenvenuto Cellini (Francesco)
BrittenThe Rape of Lucretia (Male Chorus)   •   Peter Grimes (Title role)   •   Billy Budd (Novice / Captain Vere)   •   Curlew River (Mad Woman)   •   The Beggar's Opera (MacHeath)   •   The Turn of the Screw (Prologue / Quint)   •   
DoveFlight (Bill)   •   The Adventures of Pinocchio (Lampwick)   •   I Giardini Della Storia (Soldier)
DvořákRusalka (The Prince)
JanáčekJenufa (Steva / Laca)   •   Katya Kabanova (Tichon / Boris)   •   The Makropoulos Case (Gregor / Janek)   •   From the House of the Dead (Nikita / Tall Prisoner)   •   The Adventures of Mr Brouček (Mr Brouček)
LeoncavalloZaza (Courtois)
MartinůThe Marriage (Kharkaryov)   •   The Greek Passion (Manolios)
MozartDie Zauberflöte (Tamino)   •   Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Belmonte)   •   La Clemenza di Tito (Tito)
MuhlyTwo Boys (Brian)
RossiniOtello (Iago)   •   Guillaume Tell (Rodolphe)   •   Mosé in Egitto (Mambre)   •   La Gazza Ladra (Isacco)
Saint-SaënsSamson et Dalilah (Samson)
SchönbergMoses und Aron (Junger Mann / Aron)
ShostakovichThe Nose (Title Role)
SmetanaThe Bartered Bride (Vasek)
StraussIntermezzo (Baron Lummer)
StravinskyThe Rake’s Progress (Tom Rakewell)
TchaikovskyEugene Onegin (Lensky)
WagnerDie Meistersinger Von Nürnberg (David)   •   Der Fliegende Holländer (Erik / Steuermann)   •   Tristan und Isolde (Seeman / Hirt)   •   Das Rheingold (Loge / Mime)   •   Die Walküre (Siegmund)   •   Parsifal (Parsifal)
ZimmermannDie Soldaten (Pirzel)



  • Elgar - Dream of Gerontius

    Apr 2024
    • Nicky Spence is outstanding as Gerontius… [he] gives one of the finest performances of Gerontius on disc. ... one of the finest interpretations of the title role that I’ve heard on disc.

    • Only Nicky Spence as Gerontius, both touchingly introspective and fiercely dramatic when required, hints at that extra dimension, establishing him as one of the finest interpreters of the role around today,

    • Nicky Spence, who sings the role of Gerontius, delivers Elgar’s flexible operatic declamation with real authority and, at least for me, rivals Richard Lewis’s ageless interpretation under Barbirolli.