Tuesday, June 4, 2024

June in Buffalo 2024: Nicholas Isherwood

This June in Buffalo, we look forward to welcoming bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood back to to the University at Buffalo.

Nicholas Isherwood
June in Buffalo

Nicholas Isherwood is a highly sought after vocalist, director, composer, and pedagogue. He completed his undergraduate and gradate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory before earning his DEA at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes. 

A leading interpreter of early modern and contemporary singing roles, such Don Bartolo in W.A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Hotel Manager in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face, and Truffaldino in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, Isherwood has performed in acclaimed venues across Europe and North America. He has collaborated with regarded composers such as Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, and Olivier Messiaen. Isherwood’s recent projects include collaborations with visual artists, such as Massimo Bartolini. He is scheduled to take part in the U.S. premier of Elliott Sharpe's Die Grösste Fuge on June 13 of this year at Roulette's Intermedium in Brooklyn, NY. (Read more by David Salazar at Opera Wire)

Nothing to Declare
Warsaw Autumn Festival, 2013

Isherwood’s compositions reflect the composers with whom he has worked and interpreted. His music has been performed at venues such as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Goethe Institut in Paris, the CNRS, Yehudi Menuhin’s Flâneries Musicales in Reims, the Perpignan Festival, the SMIO in Orléans, the Théatre Dunois, Dôme IMAX and Bibliothèque Historique  in Paris, Freiburg, the MDR in Halle, the SWR, Vanderbilt University, the University of Oregon, Kaoshung, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Togamura, Japan. He has received commissions from the DRAC du centre, Art Zoyd and the CNAT in Reims. Isherwood’s music has been performed by VOXNOVA, Stefano Cardi, Michel Amoric, Magnus Andersson, Isabel Soccoja, Christophe De Villeneuve and the soloists of the MDR children’s choir. His music has been broadcast by France Musique, the MDR and the SWR. He is a member of the SACD.  His piece "Ave Praeclara" will be sung by Voxnova Italia at the CODES festival in Lublin, Poland on May 15, 2021. (From www.nicholasisherwood.com) 

Massimo Bartolini's work

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