"In Bach’s St John Passion, the tenor Nick Pritchard [is] a supple, lucid Evangelist."
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
"His is a lovely English tenor with a core of muscularity...and beautifully showcased here in Britten’s writing."
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
"Nick Pritchard’s Ferrando phrased an airy ‘Un aura amorosa’ … He is a natural Mozartian."
Hugh Canning, Opera Magazine
"Nick Pritchard’s Albert easily presided over the whole evening, his authority, pace and characterisation never in doubt."
Peter Reed, Classical Source
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. He was an inaugural member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s (OAE) ’Rising Stars’ scheme (2017-19) and is a Samling artist. In 2017, he won the Whatsonstage Opera Poll award for Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera. Described as a ‘Masterly Evangelist’ in The Guardian, he has sung the role in Bach’s St John and Matthew Passions around the world, including with The Instruments of Time and Truth, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Monteverdi Choir, and with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Nick also performed the role in the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra's Grammy-nominated recording of Bach's St John Passion under John Eliot Gardiner, released on Deutsche Gramophon.
On the concert platform he has performed with Ensemble Pygmalion, Concerto Köln, Les Talens Lyriques, Les Violons du Roy, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, Early Opera Company, Philharmonia Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Gabrieli Consort, Britten Sinfonia, the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, Early Opera Company, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, La Nuova Musica at the BBC Proms, and L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings).
He has worked under conductors including Edward Higginbottom, David Bates, Laurence Cummings, Harry Bicket, John Butt, Jonathan Cohen, Christian Curnyn, Maxim Emelyanychev, Adam Fischer, Ryan Wigglesworth, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Emmanuelle Haïm, Simon Halsey, Raphaël Pichon, Christophe Rousset, David Parry and Sir András Schiff.
Operatic roles include Oronte Alcina in a new Tim Albery production for Opera North, Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the Aldeburgh Festival’s 70th anniversary, Tamino Die Zauberflöte for Glyndebourne on Tour and for Irish National Opera and Peter Whelan, Prologue The Turn of the Screw and Ferrando Cosí fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Amphinomus The Return of Ulysses for the Royal Opera House, Purcell’s The Indian Queen for the Opéra de Lille, Henry Crawford Mansfield Park, Colonel Fairfax The Yeomen of the Guard for The Grange Festival, Acis Acis and Galatea as part of the London Handel Festival, Telemaco The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto, both for English Touring Opera, Albert in Albert Herring for RCMIOS, John/Angel 3 Written on Skin, and Paulino The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera (for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells).
On the recital platform he has performed Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Gary Matthewman at the Elgar Room in The Royal Albert Hall, Britten’s Winter Words with Sholto Kynoch for the Oxford Lieder Festival and at Leeds Lieder with Ian Tindale, An die Ferne Geliebte with Christopher Glynn at the Two Moors Festival, and a Schubert recital with Graham Johnson at Wigmore Hall. He also appears on a disc titled Decades – a Century of Song (volume 4) for the Vivat label, performing songs by César Franck, accompanied by Malcolm Martineau.
A regular performer of New Music, he has also given several World Premieres, including creating the role of Matthew in Mark Simpson’s opera Pleasure (Opera North, Aldeburgh and The Royal Opera House), Through these Pale Cold Days, a song cycle for Tenor, Viola and Piano written by Ian Venables for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Sleepsinging by Cassandra Miller (with David Bates and La Nuova Music at Wigmore Hall), Daniel Kidane’s Songs of Illumination (with Ian Tindale at the Leeds Lieder Festival), Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ (with The Choir of Merton College, Oxford and Benjamin Nicholas) and Bob Chilcott’s Christmas Oratorio (The Three Choirs Festival and Adrian Partington).
Future highlights include the title role in Candide at Blackheath Halls, a return to Les Talens Lyriques as Oronte in Alcina, The Indian Queen under Emmanuelle Haïm at Théâtre de Caen, Opera Vlaandern and Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo with the Academy of Ancient Music, performances at Oxford Lieder and Wigmore Hall, and concerts with the Antwerp Symphony and City of London Sinfonia, performing Britten’s Nocturne. Nick will also tour with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra this December, performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio, and will join the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra performing Bach's B minor Mass in celebration of Sir John Eliot Gardiner's 80th Birthday.
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Bach, St Johns Passion, Polyphony
St John Smith Square (April 2023)
“Singing from memory, Nick Pritchard’s Evangelist, in the finest account of the role I’ve heard live, drew us through the narrative with extraordinary vividness, alert to every shift in mood and verbal inflection.”
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Handel: Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno
Academy of Ancient Music at Milton Court, May 2023
Tenor Nick Pritchard (pictured above, an arch and gently disapproving Time) cherished the text, giving us some of the most musical singing of the evening, delicately shaded and graded in tone against the rainbow-coloured orchestral backdrop.
Alexandra Coghlan, The Arts Desk
Bach St Johns Passion
St Johns Smith Square 7 April 2023
(...)this Polyphony Good Friday performance – a fixture at St John’s Smith Square for slightly fewer years – delivered a version as fresh and discomfiting as if the crucifixion had taken place yesterday. That was in no small part due to Nick Pritchard, who as the Evangelist narrated the story with a vibrancy that suggested he was discovering the facts as he sang them. Pritchard has performed the role internationally in both the Matthew and John Passions and his experience shows; watching his face and listening to the nuance in his voice was like watching a CNN report with infinitely better music.
Rachel Halliburton, The Arts Desk
Singing from memory, Nick Pritchard’s Evangelist, in the finest account of the role I’ve heard live, drew us through the narrative with extraordinary vividness, alert to every shift in mood and verbal inflection.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Candide (Title Role)
Blackheath Halls, October 2022
Nick Pritchard, singing Candide, is one of the best younger generation tenors around, lyrically gifted, every word clear, able to act, in all respects ideal.
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer
In Nick Pritchard there was an engaging and beautifully considered Candide. Pritchard combined an involving stage presence with perhaps the best sung account of the role that I have come across.
Robert Hugill, Opera Today
Opera North, Alcina (Oronte)
Grand Theatre Leeds, February 2022
(...) tenor Nick Pritchard (...) stops hearts and time with a ravishing Un momento di contento.
Alexandra Coghlan, The Telegraph
Oronte, a somewhat thankless character, is nobly represented and splendidly sung by Nick Pritchard.
Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub
Nick Pritchard was an emphatic presence in the often thankless part of Oronte.
Melanie Eskenazi, Music OMH
She [Fflur Wyn] and Nick Pritchard’s Oronte provided the most touching performances of the evening
Martin Kettle, The Guardian
Fllur Wyn made a fiery Morgana, Alcina’s sister, and tore into her big aria ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ with relish. Her on-off partnership with Oronte, sung by the tenor Nick Pritchard, was the crowning glory of Act 2. Pritchard matched her fervour to a tee
Martin Dreyer, Opera Magazine
St John Passion, Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Virtual Performance (streamed by Deutsche Grammophon), April 2021
The soloists were young, and perfectly chosen. Nick Pritchard’s tireless Evangelist was a miracle, his diction exemplary, his shaping of the line infallible.
CClarke, Seen and Heard International
It’s Nick Pritchard, however, who holds the centre. Operatic without affectation, weighing every word, movement and articulation with care, his Evangelist is wonderfully humane – part of the crowd who demand blood, even as he pities them. There are echoes of James Gilchrist here and, when the time comes, it looks like Pritchard is ready to step into the older tenor’s shoes as the great English Evangelist of his generation.
Alexandra Coghlan, iNews
The outstanding soloist, however, was Nick Pritchard’s eloquent narrator, sung with a range of colour and incisive delivery of the text that vouchsafes his place as the go-to Evangelist of the day
Richard Morrison, The Times
Bach Cantatas, Les Violons du Roy
Les Palais Montcalm & La Salle Bourgie (February 2020)
British tenor Nick Pritchard stands out with his subtle and malleable voice and luminous top notes, as shown in his recitative in the cantata, Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem BWV 159.
Emmanuel Bernier, Le Soleil
CD: VIVAT 119 Decades. A Century of Song – Volume 4 1850-1850 (released January 2020)
released January 2020
Nick Pritchard’s dulcet lyric tenor and shapely phrasing are just what is needed here, whether in the nostalgic ‘Soucenance’ or the diaphanous, shimmering ‘Le sylphe’.
Richard Wigmore, Gramophone
... gems such as Franck’s finely crafted songs, nicely delivered by Nick Pritchard.
Natasha Loges, BBC Music Magazine, performance****, recording ****
I’ve heard [Nick Pritchard] singing live on two previous occasions, both times in English music, and I’ve been very impressed with him. It now transpires that he’s extremely well suited to French music too. His timbre is on the light side – though not lacking in strength – and there’s a plangency in his tone which fits well with the French language. Souvenance is a nice song and Susan Youens draws a very apt comparison with the piano part in Schubert’s Gretchen am Spinnrade. Le Sylphe has a light, flowing piano part which Malcolm Martineau delivers with a lovely touch. The melodic line is light and airy and Pritchard makes it most attractive. He sings the final song in the group, Aimer eloquently and once again he benefits from splendid support from Martineau.
John Quinn, Musicweb International
John Blow An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell, La Nuova Musica
Wigmore Hall (January 2020)
The evening featured the tenor Nick Pritchard and the countertenor Christopher Lowrey, whose performance of John Blow’s An Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell was of star quality. Both of them, notwithstanding their early-music specialism, have a fruity tone to their voices that really suits the mannered music of this period, in this work, adding a richness that enhanced the embellishments of the music that Blow requires, as well as contrasting perfectly with the effortlessly ‘straight’ tone of the two recorders.
Sam Smith, MusicOMH
Handel Messiah, The Kings Consort
Teatro Cervantes, Malaga (December 2019)
Among the best were undoubtedly the male voices: Nick Pritchard was of great interest, a tenor with a bright future, who’s voice is not hugely exaggerated and is used very intelligently. The voice has a beautiful timbre, almost silvery, but with prominent musicality and a singing line that displayed elegance and subtlety in arias such as “Comfort ye, my people” and “Ev’ry valley shall be exalted” – delicate and thoughtful throughout the former, luminous and virtuosic in the latter.
Mario Guada, Codalario.com
Nick Pritchard’s Concert Repertoire
B Minor Mass
Mass in C
Messe de Minuit
Israel in Egypt
The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
Vespers of 1610
Mass in C minor
Petite Messe Solenelle
Nick Pritchard’s Opera Repertoire
Written on Skin (John/Angel 3)
Candide (Title Role)
Albert Herring (title)
La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola di Alcina (Ruggiero)
La Calisto (Mercurio)
The Secret Marriage (Paulino)
Mansfield Park (Henry Crawford)
Acis and Galatea (Acis)
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Lucano)
Così fan tutte (Ferrando)
L’heure Espagnole (Torquemada)
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