Nicolas Cavallier is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London. He soon was making guest appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious opera venues performing the great roles of Mozart and Rossini (Don Giovanni, Figaro, Don Alfonso, Selim in Il turco in Italia, the Tutor in Le Comte Ory, Mustafa in L’Italiana in Algeri); the French repertoire (Escamillo, Arkel, Don Quixote, Mephistopheles, Nilakantha, the four demonic characters in Contes d’Hoffmann); the verist and Verdi repertoires (Scarpia, Philip II, Zaccaria); and German opera (The Dutchman, Orestes in Elektra, the King in Lohengrin).
Since 2008, he has been performing the role of Don Quixote /Cervantes in the Leigh / Wasserman stage musical The Man of La Mancha. He has been invited to sing at Milan’s La Scala, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, and in Venice, Vienna, Seattle, New York and Hong Kong. He has worked with numerous conductors, including Michel Plasson, Armin and Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Gary Bertini, Evelino Pidò, Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Colin Davis, John Eliot Gardiner, Alberto Zedda, and Pinchas Steinberg. Nicolas Cavallier has made several guest appearances at the Paris Opera where he recently played Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande), Frère Laurent (Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette) and the Old Hebrew (Samson et Dalila). His most recent roles include the Marquis de La Force (Dialogues des carmélites) in Brussels, Caen, Bologna, Turin and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; Méphistophélès (Faust) and Phanuel (Hérodiade) in Saint-Étienne; Nilakantha (Lakmé) at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, the Grand Mogol (Barkouf) at the Rhine Opera in Strasbourg, Arkel in Klagenfurt, and Don Iñigo Gomez (L’Heure espagnole) with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of François-Xavier Roth. Nicolas Cavallier has made numerous audio and video recordings, including Le Nozze di Figaro (title role) in a French version by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Carmen with John Eliot Gardiner, and the Olivier Py production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann.