Nicholas Lester was born in Australia and has been based in London for the past 17 years. He has dual Australian/British citizenship.

He studied at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music and the National Opera Studio in London.

Most of his work is in the classical concert and operatic fields in locations around the UK and internationally.

He recently returned to The Opera Story to create the role of Marco in Pandora's Box, the performances of which have been postponed due to the current Corona Virus epidemic.

Having performed his role and company debut as Ford in Verdi's Falstaff for The Grange Festival in 2019 and was due to appear in 2020 to debut Lescaut in Manon Lescaut.

Nicholas made his debut for English National Opera in 2018, as Marcello in La bohème, and returned the following season in 2019 for the title role in Orphée by Philip Glass.

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“Yet the lyrical moments, the private reflections especially of Pat Nixon and of the philosophically inclined Chou En-lai – elegantly sung by Nicholas Lester – stood out.” Nixon in China (Scottish Opera)

Fiona Maddocks The Observer


"Nicholas Lester is luxury casting as the tightly-wound Ford." (Ford - Falstaff - The Grange Festival)

Alexandra Coghlan The Arts Desk


"…Nicholas Lester’s Marcello oozes vocal charm." (English National Opera)

Martin Kettle The Guardian


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"Lester took on the role of Orphée with all the style, panache and ego-driven confidence the part required, offering a vocal performance to match, often of great beauty."

Colin Clarke Seen and Heard International



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