Bio: Nicolas Courjal studied with mezzo Jane Berbié and then with Didier Laclau-Barrère. He started his career in the ensembles of the Paris Opéra-Comique then of the Wiesbaden Theatre. Since then, he has appeared in almost all French theatres including Paris Opéra-Bastille and Théâtre du Châtelet, as well as other prestigious places such as Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Sferisterio di Macerata, La Maestranza di Sevilla, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Chorégies d’Orange, Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Monte-Carlo as well as in Russia and in Japan.
He sings all the lead roles of the bass repertoire including Filippo Don Carlo, King Mark Tristan und Isolde, Gremin Eugen Onegin, Fiesco Simone Boccanegra, Pimen Boris Godunov, Basilio Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He is a recognized reference in the French bass repertoire, that he has sung extensively everywhere in the world : Narbal Les Troyens, Gessler Guillaume Tell, Méphistophéles Faust and Damnation de Faust, Bertram Robert le Diable, the four devils in Les Contes d’Hoffmann.
He sang in many modern operas by composers Pascal Dusapin, Marius Constant, Philippe Fénelon, Lairent Petitgirard, René Koering. In recital he appears with pianist Antoine Palloc, and in concert, he has sung with important orchestras such as Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio- France, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre dell’Academia di Santa Cecilia, Orquestra de la RTVE…under the baton of conductors such as Myung-Whun Chung, Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, James Conlon, Alain Altinoglu, John Eliot Gardiner…
In the next seasons, he will sing a.o. Les Troyens at Covent Garden, Les Contes d’Hoffman at Scala di Milano, Thomas’ Hamlet in Liège, Die Walküre and Don Carlo in Marseille, Nabucco in Lausanne.
His vast discography includes Petitgirard’s Elephant Man, Joncières’ Dimitri, David’s Herrculanum, as well as the DVD of Carmen and Guillaume Tell with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.