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Australian baritone.

Nicholas Lester studied at the Adelaide Conservatory then in London at the National Opera Studio.

He sang the Speaker in The Magic Flute with British Youth Opera. He has appeared frequently with English Touring Opera as Count Almaviva, Theseus, Figaro, Eugene Onegin, Malatesta, Marcello and Don Giovanni. Roles with Glyndebourne on Tour include Schaunard and the Mill Foreman in Jenůfa. His debut with Scottish Opera was as the Councillor of Justice in Intermezzo, returning for Speaker The Magic Flute, Ping Turandot, Blansac The Silken Ladder and Josef K The Trial. With Welsh National he has sung Rossini's Figaro. With Opera Holland Park his parts include Doctor and Shepherd in Pelléas et Mélisande, Dandini, Frédéric in Lakmé and Figaro. Other appearances in Britain include Diarte in Cavalli's Erismena at New College Oxford.

With the State Opera of South Australia he has sung Marcello. Continental appearances include Nationale Reisopera Netherlands (Schaunard), Danish National Opera (Guglielmo) and Dublin Lyric Opera (Schaunard).

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Roles in Scotland

Theseus Duke of Athens
Midsummer Night's Dream 2010
Count Almaviva a Spanish grandee
Nozze di Figaro 2010
Councillor of Justice a card player
Intermezzo 2011
Eugene Onegin Lensky's friend
Eugene Onegin 2012
Speaker at the Temple
Zauberflöte 2012
Malatesta Pasquale's doctor and friend
Don Pasquale 2014
Ping Grand Chancellor
Turandot 2014
Marcello a painter
Bohème 2015
Don Giovanni a young nobleman
Don Giovanni 2016
Germano a servant
Silken Ladder 2017
Josef K
Trial 2017
Chou En-lai Premier of the People's Republic of China
Nixon in China 2020

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