Born in Liverpool, Nicholas read Modern Languages at Clare College Cambridge and then studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Recent appearances include Septimius in Handel Theodora with Trevor Pinnock, Evangelist in Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium in London with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Premiere Parque in Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie with Emmanuelle Haïm at the Theatre du Capitole in Toulouse, le Récitant in Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with Sir Colin Davis, as well as several appearances at the BBC Proms (Monteverdi Vespers 1610, Campra Requiem and Bach Johannes-Passion), with the Staatskapelle Dresden (Bach B Minor Mass and Haydn Harmonie-Messe), Matthäus-Passion (Evangelist and arias) with Laurence Cummings at the London Handel Festival.
On stage, Nicholas made his Glyndebourne debut under Jurowski in Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery, has sung Mozart’s Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Belmonte and Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera, and Tenor Actor in Judith Weir’s Night at the Chinese Opera.
A committed recitalist, highlights include Janáček’s Diary of one who Vanished with the Prince Consort in the Oxford Lieder Festival, Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge in Edinburgh and with the Badke Quartet, Gavin Bryars Eight Irish Madrigals with Mr McFall’s Chamber (also a forthcoming CD), and, with regular collaborator John Reid, Die Schöne Müllerin, Schumann Op 24 and Op 39, and Tippett’s The Heart’s Assurance.
Recordings include a Gramophone Award-winning Messiah and Acis in Acis and Galatea (John Butt/Dunedin Consort/Linn), Monteverdi Vespers 1610 (King/King’s Consort/Hyperion), a disc of Michael Finissy (Weeks/Exaudi/NMC), a series of Monteverdi (I Fagiolini/Chandos), as well as a critically acclaimed Evangelist in Matthäus-Passion (also Linn).
Future plans include a recital of Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo and Fauré La Bonne Chanson at the Lichfield Festival, a recording of Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with Edward Higginbottom and Charivari Agréable, Elijah in this year’s Three Choirs Festival, Dardanus with Emmanuelle Haïm in Lille, Caen and Dijon, Messiah with the ECO, and a tour of Bach Johannes-Passion (arias) with Marc Minkowski.