An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence trained at the Guildhall School and the National Opera Studio. He took his place as an inaugural Harewood Artist at the ENO in 2011 and has been hailed as ‘one of the finest young singers of his generation’. Nicky has enjoyed great operatic success in the UK which has led to important International debuts in houses such as Opéra de Paris, La Monnaie, Opera Frankfurt, De Nederlandse Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. He works regularly with conductors such as Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Philippe Jordan, Carlo Rizzi, Andris Nelsons, Maurizio Benini, Donald Runnicles and Mark Wigglesworth, in roles including David Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Števa Jenůfa, Alwa Lulu, Janek The Makropoulos Case, Steuermann Der Fliegender Holländer, Tamino Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Iago Otello (Rossini), Baron Lummer Intermezzo, Chevalier de la Force Dialogues Des Carmélites, Tom Rakewell The Rake’s Progress and Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw. He has created and premiered many new pieces, most notably the lead role in Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys for ENO and the Metropolitan Opera. On the recital platform, Nicky enjoys collaboration with leading performers of art song such as Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Iain Burnside, William Vann, Simon Lepper and Joseph Middleton.
His discography includes recital discs of French mélodies and Shakespeare settings (both with Martineau) and of works by Leoncavallo, Schumann and Britten as well as premieres of music by Jonathan Dove, Pavel Haas, Alun Hoddinott and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In 2015, Nicky was nominated for Young Singer of the Year by the International Opera Awards and The Times Breakthrough Artist Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. His debut recording on Delphian, Buxton Orr: Songs, was released in February 2017.