Since making his Royal Opera House debut in 2013 in Les Vepres Siciliennes under Pappano, Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin has established himself as a leading exponent of bel canto repertoire.
His current and recent engagements include Conte Almaviva (Opera National de Lorraine, Welsh National Opera, Opera Holland Park), Don Ramiro (Scottish Opera, The Grange Festival), Ernesto (Opera de Dijon, Welsh National Opera, Estonian National Opera) Alfredo (Opera de Limoges, Opera North, Estonian National Opera), Conte Belfiore (Pesaro Rossini Festival), Don Ottavio (Opera de Bordeaux, Israeli Opera, Nederlandse Reisopera, Oper Vlaanderen) Italian Tenor in Rosenkavalier (Oper Vlaanderen) Le Comte Ory (Dorset Opera), Rodrigo in Rossini's Otello (Teatro Manoel, Valletta), Gounod's Romeo (Estonian National Opera), Uberto in La Donna del Lago (Buxton Festival), Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri (Tiroler Landestheater), Mergy in Le Pre aux clercs (Wexford Festival), and Alberto in Rossini's La Gazzetta (Salzburg Landestheater), a performance nominated for an Austrian Music Society award.
On the concert platform, he has given recitals in the US and Canada as well as in Europe and has appeared as Nicias (Thais) and Osiride (Mose in Egitto) with Chelsea Opera Group. He also recently performed Raimbaud in Robert le Diable with Minkowski at the Opera National de Bordeaux, a performance that has just been released on disc. His other recordings include music by Arthur Sullivan and a disc of Massenet songs, both with Richard Bonynge.
Future plans include engagements with Glyndebourne, his debut at the Teatro Regio in Turin, and a performance and recording of Bertin's Fausto with the Theatre Champs Elysee.