Nicky Spence (Tenor)
Born: 1983, Dumfries, Scotland
Artist's website: https://www.nickyspence.com/
Scottish tenor Nicky Spence was born in Dumfries in 1983 and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; whilst still a student he was signed by Universal Music and released two crossover albums before returning to full-time study at the National Opera Studio and going on to become a Harewood Young Artist at English National Opera. Subsequent engagements have include Alwa in Berg’s Lulu and David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (both for ENO), Jaquino in Fidelio and Števa in Janáček’s Jenůfa (Opera Holland Park), and Le Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (Grange Park Opera).
Spence’s discography includes a recital of songs by Buxton Orr for Delphian, Mime on Sir Mark Elder’s recording of Das Rheingold with The Hallé, Paradis sur Terre (a French song recital with Malcolm Martineau, for which The Sunday Times described him as ‘an artist of taste and discrimination’), and the title-role in the world premiere of George MacFarren’s Robin Hood.
Further Reading: Nicky Spence
The Scottish tenor talks to Katherine about his recent recording of The Diary of One Who Disappeared and Moravian Folk Poetry In Songs, and about his broader relationship with Czech repertoire.
James listens to a wealth of vocal and instrumental works by Richard Strauss - with Nicky Spence, Rebecca Evans, Alexi Ogrintchouk and others.