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Mathieu  Levan

Mathieu Levan

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About Nils

Winner of the 2022 Bundeswettbewerb Gesang and Second Prize Winner of the world’s most prestigious opera competition “Operalia” in 2022, Nils Wanderer has been hailed for his "beautiful, dark, well developed and amber colored voice which deploys a wide palette of colors throughout the action, with irony, tenderness, resentment, authority, magnanimity, all with a remarkable pronunciation and a magnetic theatrical presence." (Olyrix)

 

Recently, Nils has garnered widespread acclaim for his portrayal of Oberon in the new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Opéra de Lille, helmed by Laurent Pelly and Guillaume Tourniaire. Diapsaon lauded him as "a countertenor with perfectly unified registers and a supernatural ease of phrasing."

 

2024/25 season highlights include a performance as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Staatstheater Hannover, Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare at the Opéra National du Capitole, Dido in Dido and Aeneas at Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin as part of his artist residency with the theatre, Athamus in Handel's Semele at the Atlanta Opera, and a performance at Lollapalooza Berlin, opening for pop star Sam Smith.

In 2023/24, Nils headlined the world premiere Don't you Nomi?dedicated to the visionary German countertenor Klaus Nomi and directed by Julia Lwowski at the Staatsoper Berlin, performed the roles of Edgar in Reimann’s Lear (Stephan Zilias/Joe Hill-Gibbins production) at Staatsoper Hannover, Mary Sunshine in Kander's Chicago at Komische Oper Berlin (Barry Kosky | Adam Benzwi), and Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at both Oper Frankfurt (Simone Di Felice/Nadja Loschky production) and Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Ireland.

 

With the complicity of Jordi Savall, Nils performed Handel’s Messiah at the Salzburg Festival and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Paris Philharmonie, Chapelle Royale de Versailles, and Barcelona Auditori. As a soloist, he has collaborated with orchestras such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Le Concert des Nations, La Folia, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karlsruher Barockorchester, La Sfera Armoniosa and has appeared at theatres and festivals including the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Massimo Palermo, De Nederlandse Reisopera, The Barbican London, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Handel Festival Halle, and Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla. As a Lieder singer, he has given recitals with esteemed pianists such as Daniel Heide and Marcelo Amaral.

 

Nils’ concert and oratorio repertoire spans over four centuries from Purcell, Vivaldi, the Bach family, Handel and Pergolesi through Berlioz, Wagner and Elgar to Bernstein and Cage. Several of his concerts have been recorded by the BBC, Bavarian Radio Station, SWR Radio, Arte, Mezzo and Medici.tv.

 

In January 2024, the world premiere recording of Johann Sigismund Kusser's forgotten Baroque opera Adonis will be released by Classic Produktion Osnabrück (cpo), where he sings the role of Apollo in Jörg Halubek's interpretation.

Nils is based in Germany

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Worldwide general mangement with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Oct 2023
Staatsoper Berlin
Julia Lwowski Don't You Nomi? (Klaus Nomi)
Jan 2024
Staatsoper Hannover
Reimann Lear (Edgar)
Mar 2024
Oper Frankfurt
Handel Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo)

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Selected Repertoire

BenjaminWritten on Skin (The Boy / Angel 1)
BrittenA Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon)
CavalliLa Calisto (Endimione)
CorbettKeine Stille ausser der des Windes (Zwitter)
DoveFlight (Refugee)
GluckOrfeo ed Euridice (Orfeo)
HandelGiolio Cesare (Tolomeo)   •   Rinaldo (Rinaldo)   •   Tolomeo (Tolomeo)   •   Agrippina (Ottone)   •   Rodelinda (Bertaido)
J. StraussDie Fledermaus(Prinz Orlofsky)
KanderChicago (Mary Sunshine)
KusserAdonia (Apollo)
MonteverdiL'Orfeo (Speranza / Pastore 3 / La Musica)   •   L'incoronazione di Poppea (Ottone / Arnalta)
MozartMitridate (Farnace)   •   Ascanio in Alba (Ascanio)   •   Apollo et Hyacinthus (Apollo)
Nomi / LembergDon't You Nomi? (Klaus Nomi)
PlateRomeo und Julia (Todesengel)
PurcellDido and Aeneas (Sorceress / Spirit)
ReimannKing Lear (Edgar)

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  • Reimann - Lear (Edgar)

    Staatsoper Hannover
    Feb 2024
    • The way the countertenor Nils Wanderer, as Edgar, mastered the extremely difficult vocalizations with seamless register changes was of outstanding quality. Wie der Countertenor Nils Wanderer als Edgar die höchst schwierigen Vokalisen mit bruchlosen Registerwechseln meisterte, das hatte herausragendes Niveau.

    • The way the countertenor Nils Wanderer, as Edgar, mastered the extremely difficult vocalizations with seamless register changes was of outstanding quality. Wie der Countertenor Nils Wanderer als Edgar die höchst schwierigen Vokalisen mit bruchlosen Registerwechseln meisterte, das hatte herausragendes Niveau. - consciously in the lyrical tenderness of the beggar Tom, modeled on an Orpheus. This poorly dressed fellow is the alter ego of the outcast Edward - both figures are enlivened with outstanding angelic articulation by Nils Wanderer. Dressed in cheap plastic bags, this singer of Tom is eye to eye with his King Lear. bewusst in der einem Orpheus nachempfundenen lyrischen Zärtlichkeit des Bettlers Tom. Dieser ärmlich gekleidete Geselle ist das Alter Ego des verstoßenen Edward – beide Figuren werde somit herausragend mit engelsgleicher Artikulation belebt durch Nils Wanderer. Gekleidet in billigen Plastiktüten macht der nicht minder zurechnungsfähige Tom seinem König Lear Konkurrenz.