As a member of Virginia Opera’s 2020-2021 Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program, Nicholas Martorano will be covering the Pirate King and Samuel as well as singing in the chorus for The Pirates of Penzance, singing Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and covering Count Almaviva and singing in the chorus for Le nozze di Figaro. Nicholas also sang the Pirate King in the Education and Outreach Tour of The Pirates of Penzance with Virginia Opera last season. Nicholas recently sang in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Berkshire Opera Festival for which the press hailed: “But the show’s surprise delights came in the form of its supporting players, the interventions of wry character singers like the Marullo of Nicholas Martorano…” (Parterre). In November Nicholas sang in Santa Fe Opera’s workshop of M. Butterfly in collaboration with American Lyric Theater. This past September he joined Opera on the James as one of the Tyler Young Artists. Nicholas also sang the role of Hortensius in La Fille du Régiment with Opera Saratoga in the summer of 2019. His past operatic roles have included Apollo in The Cows of Apollo composed by Christopher Theofanidis and libretto by William M. Hoffman; Mr. Fawn in The English Cat by Hans Werner Henze; Paul Von Gunten in Frau Schindler composed by Thomas Morse and libretto by Ken Cazan; Publio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito; Sid in Albert
Herring and Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream both works by Benjamin Britten. Mr. Martorano has also sung roles in Chabrier’s L’étoile and Copland’s The Tender Land. For the Aspen Opera Center he covered the role of Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. Additionally, he has taken part in Mozart opera scenes as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. He also toured with Opera Saratoga as the Big Bad Wolf in Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale The Ugly Duckling with an original score by composer Andrew Duncan. A versatile singer, Mr. Martorano has also performed the roles of Rapunzel’s Prince in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and Dino in Scott Eyerly’s Pooch.
In concert, Nicholas Martorano was the baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. During his career he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Lyrique-en-mer Festival de Belle-Île, International Institute of Vocal Arts de Puerto Rico, Festival d’Art Vocal de Montréal, and Opera on the Avalon.
He has sung under the baton of such regarded conductors as Robert Spano, Andrew Bisantz, Joshua Horsch, Brian Garman, Robert Page, Vlad Iftinca, and Brent McMunn. Stage directors with whom he has worked include Chuck Hudson, Eve Summer, Lawrence Edelson, Richard Kagey, Edward Berkeley, Jonathan Loy, and Ken Cazan. He has studied voice with Gerald Martin Moore, Elizabeth Hynes, and Maria Spacagna.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Nicholas Martorano received a Master of Music degree from Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is proficient in Italian and is a resident of New York City.