Nicholas Burns, countertenor
Born in Vancouver, countertenor Nicholas Burns has been described as possessing a “thrilling voice” and past performances have been described as a “revelation” (Opera Canada). A frequent performer of Bach’s cantatas, Nicholas has performed them with groups such as Bachfest Leipzig, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme under Philippe Herreweghe, Early Music Vancouver, I Musici, and Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. Nicholas has also appeared with the American Bach Soloists for performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach’s Actus Tragicus, and Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien. Nicholas has also appeared with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, The Theatre of Early Music, King’s College Halifax, L’Harmonie des saisons, Clavecin en concert, Montréal Baroque, Les Idées Heureuses, the Ottawa Choral Society, l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. On the opera stage Nicholas has performed the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, will give the world premiere of the opera L’Orangeraie by Zad Moultaka, Bertarido in Handel’s Rodelinda, as well as Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante. Aside from singing, Nicholas is an accomplished bagpiper, having won the World Pipe Band Championships in 2012.