Canadian countertenor Nicholas Burns has been described as possessing a “thrilling voice” and past performances have been described as a “revelation” (Opera Canada, Le Devoir). As an artist at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Nicholas performed Bach cantatas under Philippe Herreweghe. He has also appeared with the American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik, Early Music Vancouver, Arion Baroque Orchestra, The Theatre of Early Music, Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, L’Harmonie des Saisons, and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil. On the opera stage, Nicholas has performed in numerous Handel operas, including the roles of Cesare in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Bertarido in Rodelinda, Polinesso in Ariodante, and Lichas in Hercules. He also gave the world premiere of the opera L’Orangeraie by French composer Zad Moultaka. Upcoming performances include engagements with the BachFest Leipzig, Tafelmusik, the Toronto Bach Festival, I Musici, Oberlin Conservatory, and Early Music Vancouver. Aside from singing, Nicholas is an accomplished bagpiper, having won the World Pipe Band Championships in 2012.
Nicholas Burns is a featured soloist in the 2022 Festival Finale: A Handel Gala on Sunday, June 26.