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Nikola Matišić /Tenor

Nikola made his larger-role debut at the Royal Opera House in London in 2006, replacing a suddenly ill Rolando Villazon as Lenskij in "Eugene Onegin". Since then Nikola has established himself as an artist of wide range, both as the classic young lover and as a physical vocal artist capable of creating new ground in theatre. With a strong sense of timing, Nikola is also an obvious choice in comedy and the burlesque, as was clearly evident in the world première of "The Scar" by Paula Ward af Malmborg in the role of Ivan (a part especially written for him).

It was in that same dream role of Lenskij that Nikola made his Swedish debut at the Gothenburg Opera in the spring of 2008 to great acclaim; Dagens Nyheter: "The brilliant lyric tenor Nikola Matisic" Svenska Dagbladet: "His singing moves me to tears" Goteborgsposten: "The aria of Lenskij is sung with unbelievable beauty…This is World Class singing, carrying his fully supported pianissimo to stratospheric heights".

A former Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, London, Nikola is now a freelancing artist. At the Royal Opera House he performed Un Giudice in Un Ballo in Maschera, Gastone in La Traviata, Local Nihilist in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Pang in Turandot, Lenskij in Eugene Onegin, Borsa in Rigoletto and created the fully choreographed sung part of Tenor Soloist in "Echo & Narcissus" with The Royal Ballet for ROH2. Nikola has also performed 1st Knight in Parsifal, Conte di Lerma in Don Carlo and Ein Offizier in Ariadne auf Naxos, all at the ROH Covent Garden. Nikola further covered lead and supporting roles: Jenik in Bartered Bride, Lenskij in Eugene Onegin, Jack in Midsummer Marriage, Tjekalinskij in Queen of Spades and Ferdinand in The Tempest at the ROH.

In the autumn of 2008 Nikola sang Camille in Merry Widow at Folkoperan in Stockholm. In the spring of 2009 Nikola returned to The Gothenburg Opera to sing Vanja Kurdrjas in Katya Kabanova directed by John Dew. This will be followed by Tamino in Die Zauberflöte at Teater Hedeland Summer Opera. In autumn of 2009 he will sing Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at the Malmö Opera.

Nikola Matišić was born in Stockholm, Sweden and worked for five years in the youth opera chorus at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. He commenced dramatic studies at Opera studio 67, making his auspicious international debut in Italy, Cortona in the production "il Convito" by Cimarosa in 1994, however in the Buffo-baritone lead role Massimo (Opera Magazine issue Oct 94 writes: "…outstanding in the cast was Nikola Matisic.. marvelously sung and wittily acted..."). With a wide vocal range he concentrated at first on bass- baritone and baritone repertoire but on entering post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London he began working with vocal professor Diane Forlano training as a tenor.

Thereafter, Nikola entered the combined Opera School in Den Haag and Amsterdam, Netherlands and, after attaining a Master degree, started freelancing with various smaller opera groups as well as performing sacred repertoire and orchestral works. During this period Nikola performed romantic lead roles like Horace in Gonouds "La Colombe" and Turiddu in "Cavalleria Rusticana" as well as character parts like Scaramuccio in "Ariadne auf Naxos" and L'arithmetique in "L'enfant et les Sortilèges". Further early roles include Albert Herring, Don Ottavio, Tony, Tebaldo as well as the title role in "Demofoonte". In his teens Nikola competed in ballroom-dancing on a national level, winning many prizes, and presently enjoys practicing Martial arts in his free time.

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