Nick Pritchard

Tenor

"Nick Pritchard’s Albert easily presided over the whole evening, his authority, pace and characterisation never in doubt."

Classical Source

"His is a lovely English tenor with a core of muscularity...and beautifully showcased here in Britten’s writing."

The Arts Desk

"Tenor Nick Pritchard finds the perfect pace and tone-colour for his ardent recitatives."

Michael Church, The Independent

"Nick Pritchard’s outstanding Telemachus."

Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator

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Born in West Sussex, Nick Pritchard read music as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford and studied with Russell Smythe at the Royal College of Music International Opera School (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is currently a Samling Artist.

Recent opera roles include Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Paulino The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera (for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for the Brighton Early Music Festival, Tamino Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Albert Herring for the RCMIOS, Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Aldeburgh and The Royal Opera, Acis Acis and Galatea for Handel House with La Nuova Musica under Laurence Cummings, Aquilio in J.C. Bach's Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company, and Telemaco The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto, both for English Touring Opera.

Recent and future engagements include  Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Pisander Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Royal Opera House, Ferrando Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Henry Crawford Mansfield Park for The Grange Festival, Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Adrien Perruchon, Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall, Bach’s B Minor Mass with The English Concert under Harry Bicket and at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Bach’s St John Passion with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under John Butt (arias), Polyphony and the OAE under Stephen Layton (Evangelist), and in New York with the Choir of New College, Oxford.

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Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)

Aldeburgh Fesitval, Snape Maltings (June 2017)

…elsewhere there’s plenty of youthful energy from lover Nick Pritchard.

Hannah Nepil, The Financial Times

...striking performances from her principals, including the excellent, youthful quartet of lovers – Eleanor Dennis (Helena), Clare Presland (Hermia), Nick Pritchard (Lysander), George Humphreys (Demetrius).

Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine

Nick Pritchard’s Lysander was earnest and his tenor had an occasional grain which deepened the characterization.

Claire Seymour, Opera Today

The lovers – Lysander (Nick Pritchard), Hermia (Clare Presland), Demetrius (George Humphreys) and Helena (Eleanor Dennis) – were also well matched vocally. Each singer showed clearly defined characterisation in the frenzied world Shakespeare planted them in

Martyn Harrison, seenandheard-international.com

Lovers Nick Pritchard, George Humphreys, Eleanor Dennis and Clare Presland remind us just how much young British vocal talent is currently available.

Alexandra Coghlan, theartsdesk.com

But my, what a cast was there… Nick Pritchard as Lysander… we were spoilt royally.

Mark Valencia, whatsonstage.com

Clare Presland, Eleanor Dennis, Nick Pritchard and George Humphreys all sang with passion and spirit as their affections fluctuated. 

Gareth Jones, The Ipswich Star

Bach St John Passion, English Touring Opera

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon (October 2016)

Of the young voices among the soloists – all required to move around the stage a good deal – tenor Nick Pritchard was the most impressive: the clarity of words, his full but sweet tone, together with the ability to inject an urgency into his sound without undue effort, stood out.

Rian Evans, The Guardian

Monteverdi Ulysses’ Homecoming (Telemachus)

English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire (October 2016)

But there are also outstanding performances from… Nick Pritchard’s forthright, attractive Telemachus.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

Fine performance too from Nick Pritchard as the loyal son Telemachus.

Richard Morrison, The Times

The male voice trio with…Telemachus (Nick Pritchard) is sublime.

Michael Church, The Independent

The tenor Nick Pritchard was in glorious voice as their son Telemaco.

Peter Reed, Opera Magazine

Nick Pritchard’s outstanding Telemachus.

Alexandra Coghlan, The Spectator

Nick Pritchard is vital as his son Telemachus.

George Hall, The Stage

Pritchard exhibits tremendous stamina and focus.

Claire Seymour, Opera Today

As Telemachus, Nick Pritchard revealed fearless nobility, singing with strength and stamina.

Mark Ronan, markronan.com

Mark Simpson Pleasure (Matthew)

Opera North and on tour (May 2016)

Pritchard and Timothy Nelson are both affecting as two lost souls adrift in this Hedonistic Hades.

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

Tenor Nick Pritchard as Matthew, vulnerable and hungry for love…brought ardour and, for want of a better word, muscularity.

Fiona Maddocks, The Observer

The four soloists are all very good…Timothy Nelson and Nick Pritchard as the two muddled young men in the case.

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph

The engaging tenor of Nick Pritchard.

Martin Dreyer, York Press

Britten St Nicolas

London Choral Sinfonia, St John's, Smith Square (December 2015)

I was certainly impressed by the soloist Nick Pritchard, who is one of the hot new tenors on the circuit and sang the title role with the ardour I recall from its finest exponent , the late Philip Langridge.

Michael White, Catholic Herald

La Liberazione di Ruggerio dall’Isola d’Alcina

Brighton Early Music Festival, The Old Market (November 2015)

Pritchard and Devin look and sound gorgeous.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

King Arthur, Early Opera Company

Wigmore Hall (February 2015)

Six singers shared out the songs and doubled as chorus… Nick Pritchard, lofty and more serious…The whole thing was a classy entertainment, and hugely enjoyable.

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

The Secret Marriage

British Youth Opera (September 2013)

Tenor Nick Pritchard finds the perfect pace and tone-colour for his ardent recitatives.

Michael Church, The Independent

Everyone’s singing is a delight. Nick Pritchard and Alice Rose Privett are wonderfully tender and believable lovers.

Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack

Albert Herring

Royal College of Music International Opera School (July 2015)

At the heart of the drama is Nick Pritchard’s Albert, a performance that plays the long game. Sweetly timid (aided by a splendid pink pinny) and vocally restrained throughout Act I, Pritchard displays tremendous control, holding plenty back for his drunken Act II release. His is a lovely English tenor with a core of muscularity that gives promise of a Clayton-esque future, and beautifully showcased here in Britten’s writing. Dramatically too this Albert is nicely judged, displaying no obvious camp beyond a brief exchange of glances with the leather-jacketed extra from West Side Story who haunts the shop.

Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk

Nick Pritchard’s Albert easily presided over the whole evening, his authority, pace and characterisation never in doubt. His drunken soliloquy revealed how skilfully he’d kept us waiting for him to take control, and his warm, lithe tenor did the rest in charm, melancholy and intensity. In its restrained way, it was a knock-out performance, and those don’t come around so often.

Peter Reed, Classical Source

Nick Pritchard’s Opera Repertoire

Britten

Albert Herring (title)
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander)
The Turn of the Screw (Prologue/Quint)

Francesca Caccini

La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina (Ruggiero)

Cimorosa

The Secret Marriage (Paulino)

Dove

Mansfield Park (Henry Crawford)

Handel

Acis and Galatea (Acis)
Alcina (Oronte)

Monteverdi

L’incorazione di Poppea (L’incorazione di Poppea)
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Telamaco)

Mozart

Così fan tutte (Ferrando)
Die Zauberflöte (Tamino)

Ravel

L’heure Espagnole (Torquemada)

Nick Pritchard’s Concert Repertoire

Bach

B Minor Mass
Christmas Oratorio (Evangelist and arias)
St John Passion (Evangelist and arias)
St John Passion (Evangelist and arias)

Beethoven

Mass in C
Missa Solemnis

Britten

Les Illuminations
Serenade
Spring Symphony
St Nicolas
War Requiem

Charpentier

Messe de Minuit
Te Deum

Handel

Israel in Egypt
Judas Maccabaeus
Messiah
Ode to St. Cecilla
Samson
Solomon

Haydn

Nelson Mass
The Creation
The Seasons

Jackson

The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ

Mendelssohn

Elijah

Monteverdi

Vespers of 1610

Mozart

Mass in C minor
Requiem

Purcell

King Arthur
Ode on St Cecilia’s Day

Rossini

Petite Messe Solenelle

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