Nicholas Isherwood

At the age of 25 US-born bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood made his debut in the role of Lucifer in Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has had a career that has taken him to leading concert halls and opera houses on four continents and has worked closely with composers such as Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Steve Lacy, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen (1984–2007, including all performances of SIRIUS since 1990) and Iannis Xenakis. 

He has sung a vast repertory including medieval and renaissance music with Joel Cohen, French baroque music with William Christie, Handel with Nic McGegan and romantic music with Zubin Mehta.

Nicholas Isherwood has taught master classes at the Paris Conservatoire, Milan Conservatory, USC, the Cologne Conservatory and the Salzburg Mozarteum and been visiting professor of singing and opera at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Notre Dame, California Institute of the Arts, the University of Oregon, the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris and the Universität der Künste in Berlin. 

He has published articles for The Journal of Singing and LIM and a book, The Techniques of Singing, for Bärenreiter Verlag. He has recorded 55 CDs for labels such as Erato, Naxos, Stockhausen Verlag and Harmonia Mundi and made several films and DVDs.

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