Estonian National Opera
'The French repertoire ideally needs French voices, especially for the leading couple, and here the Estonian National Opera are lucky to have two young singers with excellent French. Roméo, Nico Darmanin, may not be French (he is Maltese), but he has the ideal voice for the role: light, lyrical but with enough heft and brilliance for the more dramatic scenes.
Nico Darmanin was superb in the well-known ‘Ah! Lève-toi, soleil’, sung with a true glow, and elsewhere he was just as impressive. Both singers are also young-looking, have slender bodies which makes the more intimate scenes, where they are lightly dressed, pleasant to look at. Rarely have I seen two young singers so well suited to their roles.'
by Goran Forsling