Paul Nilon

Tenor

Management

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Groves Artists represents Paul Nilon worldwide

Biography

Paul Nilon is established as one of Europe’s outstanding lyric tenors in a wide repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Britten.

In concert, Paul Nilon has worked with the LPO, the OAE, the Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, the Hallé, The Sixteen and Ensemble Orchestral de Paris. Other performances include Handel Solomon in Florence and Israel under Ivor Bolton, the chamber version of Das Lied von der Erde at the Wigmore Hall with Sir Mark Elder and Janacek: The Diary of One Who Disappeared at the Bath International Festival.

Paul Nilon has worked for most of the major British opera companies. Companies abroad include the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Bolshoi, Gothenburg Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, San Francisco Opera and Dallas Opera.

Recent and future engagements include the title role in a new production of Idomeneo for ENO and for the Buxton Festival, Chartkov in Weinberg’s The Portrait for Opera North, Sultan in Vivaldi’s La verità in cimento and Erisso/Maometto Secondo (recently released on CD by Avie) for Garsington Opera, the world premiere of Life is a Dream by Jonathan Dove for Birmingham Opera Company, the title role in Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria for The Grange Festival, Albert Gregor /The Makropulos Case and the title role of La clemenza di Tito, both for Opera North as well as Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater for the BBC Philharmonic, Messiah with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Tippett A Child of our Time with the Northern Sinfonia and Honneger Jean d’arc du Boucher with the London Symphony Orchestra.

In summer 2015 Paul Nilon sang Aschenbach in Britten’s Death in Venice for Garsington Opera to huge critical acclaim. He sang Grimoaldo/Rodelinda directed by David Alden at the Bolshoi in Moscow in autumn 2015, Bajazet in Handel’s Tamerlano at the 2016 Buxton Festival and renewed his collaboration with Graham Vick in the title role of Idomeneo for the Gothenburg Opera which will be revived at the Lithuanian National Opera in the 2017/18 season.   He also collaborated with Graham Vick on a production of Death in Venice at the  Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2017.

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Reviews

  • Death in Venice, Garsington Opera

    For a performance as heroic as Nilon’s, my memory reaches back not as far as Peter Pears in distinguished later years, but to the beautiful phrasing of Anthony Rolfe Johnson and the searing intensity of Philip Langridge.

    David Nice The Arts Desk
  • La Clemenza di Tito

    Paul Nilon’s thrilling sung Tito does not appear to have a forgiving nature. Each repeated act of compassion is wrung out of him at such personal cost that he seems half crazed by the expedience of empire.

    Alfred Hickling The Guardian

News

  • Graham Vick CBE directs new production of ‘Death in Venice’ at the Deutsche Oper Berlin starring Paul Nilon
    03.03.17

    Graham Vick CBE directs new production of ‘Death in Venice’ at the Deutsche Oper Berlin starring Paul Nilon

  • Graham Vick directs new Idomeneo in Gothenburg with Paul Nilon in title role
    24.08.16

    Graham Vick directs new Idomeneo in Gothenburg with Paul Nilon in title role

  • Douglas Boyd, Paul Nilon and Henry Waddington at Opera North
    05.02.13

    Douglas Boyd, Paul Nilon and Henry Waddington at Opera North