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 (RCMIOS) where he was the recipient of the Eric Joseph Shilling Prize. He was awarded the London Bach Society Singer’s Prize in 2013 and is currently a Samling Artist. Last year, he won the 2017 Whatsonstage Opera Poll award for Breakthrough Artist in UK Opera.
Previous concert work includes King Arthur for the Early Opera Company under Christian Curnyn, Bach's Mass in B minor with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, performances of Handel’s Messiah with the English Festival Orchestra under Brian Kay at the Royal Albert Hall, Instruments of Time and Truth with Edward Higginbottom, and the Nieuwe Philharmonie, Haydn’s Paukenmesse with Stephen Cleobury, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Mozart’s Requiem for The Three Choirs Festival with Simon Halsey and the Philharmonia Orchestra and with the Gabrieli Consort, Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Coridon Acis and Galatea with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, Bach Cantatas with Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphael Pichon, Monteverdi’s Vespers under Daniel Hyde, Vaughan-Williams' On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3, Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Gary Matthewman at the Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall, Britten’s Spring Symphony under David Hill, Britten’s Winter Words for the Oxford Lieder Festival, and the world premiere of Gabriel Jackson’s Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ with the choir of Merton College, Oxford.
Recent opera roles include Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco for Iford Arts under Christian Curnyn, Paulino The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera (for which he won the Dame Hilda Bracket award from Sadler’s Wells), Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio for the Brighton Early Music Festival, Tamino Die Zauberflöte and the title role in Albert Herring for the RCMIOS, Matthew in Mark Simpson’s Pleasure for Opera North, Aldeburgh and The Royal Opera, Acis Acis and Galatea for Handel House with La Nuova Musica under Laurence Cummings, Aquilio in J.C. Bach's Adriano in Siria for the Classical Opera Company, and Telemaco The Return of Ulysses and Mercurio La Calisto, both for English Touring Opera.
Recent and future engagements include Lysander A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Amphinomus Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria for the Royal Opera House, Ferrando Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park, Henry Crawford Mansfield Park for The Grange Festival, Acis Acis and Galatea for the London Handel Festival under Laurence Cummings, John/Angel 3 Written on Skin with Melos Sinfonia under Oliver Zeffman, Britten’s Les Illuminations and Serenade with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under Adrien Perruchon, Charpentier’s Te Deum with the Early Opera Company at Wigmore Hall, a Schubert recital with Graham Johnson at Wigmore Hall, Bach’s B Minor Mass with The English Concert under Harry Bicket and at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, Bach’s St John Passion with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under John Butt (arias), Polyphony and the OAE under Stephen Layton (Evangelist), and in New York with the Choir of New College, Oxford.
- 16 Tuesday Oct, 2018
Echo and Narcissus: Sophie Bevan, Fleur Barron, Nick Pritchard, Ryan Wigglesworth & Chorus