Samling Artists

Nicky Spence

Tenor, Samling Artist Programme: 2006

Scottish-born Nicky Spence trained at the GSMD and the National Opera Studio. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “a voice of real distinction,” Nicky Spence is fast emerging as “one of our brightest young tenors”. An artist of great integrity, Nicky Spence’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.

Highlights in Nicky’s 2020/21 season include his role debut as Siegmund in a new production of Die Walküre for the English National Opera, his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Tichon in a new production of Káťa Kabanová, the Witch in Hänsel und Gretel for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Caliban in The Tempest with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Thomas Adès.

He has also appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Seattle Opera; L’Opéra national de Paris; La Monnaie, Brussels; Opéra national de Lyon; the Teatro Real in Madrid; the Dutch National Opera and Oper Frankfurt. Future seasons see Nicky make debuts for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the Deutsche Staatsoper and return to the English National Opera, La Monnaie and the Royal Opera.

Nicky gives recitals internationally, appears in concert extensively and records prolifically. In 2020 he won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award and Gramophone’s Solo Vocal Award for his critically acclaimed recording of Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared.

Samling Institute for Young Artists is a leading global authority in the training of young voices.

Since 1996, the Samling Artist Programme has provided intensive residential masterclass weeks for early-career singers and pianists, followed by professional development and support through our activities and established networks.

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Samling Institute for Young Artists is a leading global authority in the training of young voices.

Since 1996, the Samling Artist Programme has provided intensive residential masterclass weeks for early-career singers and pianists, followed by professional development and support through our activities and established networks.

Find out more
Samling Artist Programme | All Samling Artists