Tenor Cooper Nolan has been called a “powerhouse voice” with a “bright, focused and expressive” sound by Opera News, while The New York Times claimed that his “powerful tenor served the music well.” The upcoming season sees Mr. Nolan debuting a number of roles in the tenor repertoire. In the winter, he will perform Rodolfo in La bohème with the Savannah Philharmonic and Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Winter Opera St. Louis. In the summer, he will join the Young Artists at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he will sing the Officer and cover Bacchus in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos. While there, he will also cover Samuel Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. In the fall he will join Minnesota Opera’s Resident Artist Program, where he will sing Don José in Carmen, and cover Nemorino and Dick Johnson in productions of The Elixir of Love and La fanciulla del West.
In the previous seasons, highlights included the tenor solo in Die Erst Walpurgisnacht with the Saint George’s Chorale, Luigi in Il tabarro and the Chevalier de la Force with Lidal North at the Norwegian National Opera House, the tenor solo in Carmina burana with both the Dance Alive National Ballet and the Savannah Philharmonic and performances with the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera. Past appearances at the Manhattan School of Music include Ulysse in the Fauré’s Pénélope, Paco in La vida breve and the tenor solo in Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle. Mr. Nolan was a featured soloist alongside other great artists including baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Craig Rutenberg for the Manhattan School of Music Gala concert honoring Marilyn Horne.
Mr. Nolan is the winner of the 2014 New Orleans District and 2012 and 2011 New York District National Metropolitan Council Auditions, the recipient of the Mae Zenke Orvis Scholarship in Opera Studies and the Richard F. Gold Career grant. He is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.