Tenor Cooper Nolan, praised for his “bright, shining, tenor” (Musical America) and his “powerhouse voice” (Opera News), is increasingly making a name for himself as an important interpreter of some of opera’s most demanding tenor roles. Cooper begins the 2019–2020 season making his Carnegie Hall debut in Elgar’s The Kingdom with the American Symphony Orchestra, followed by debuts with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra in the Verdi Requiem and the Jacksonville Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He will also return to Theater Aachen for Hermann in a new production of Pique Dame.
Last season, he made his role/house debut as Canio in I Pagliacci with Opera San Jose. Concert appearances included the Verdi Requiem with Lexington Philharmonic and TŌN (The Orchestra Now), Act III of Lohengrin with the Victoria Symphony (Canada) conducted by Christian Kluxen, Act I of Die Walküre with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra conducted by Federico Cortese, and was a feature soloist in Charlottesville Opera’s Encore: Opera Favorites conducted by Steven Jarvi. Mr. Nolan made his Oper Frankfurt debut as the title role in Verdi’s Stiffelio and made his role debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He made his role/house debut as Bacchus in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at Theater Aachen and sang Don Jose in Carmen with El Paso Opera and in his European debut with Theater Kiel. He returned to Santa Fe Opera, singing Tybalt in Roméo and Juliette under Harry Bicket, while covering Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West under Emmanuel Villaume.