The Maltese tenor Nico Darmanin is fast establishing himself in the Bel Canto repertoire, having performed at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera Vlaanderen, Opera Holland Park, the Wexford Opera Festival and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Nico Darmanin studied at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He made his debut at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Danieli (Les Vepres Sicilennes) under Pappano, a production which won an Olivier award, soon returning as Apparition of a Youth (Die Frau ohne Schatten) under Bychkov which won Best Opera at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.
Other roles include Conte Almaviva (WNO, Opera Holland Park, Gozo), Don Ramiro (Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park), Italian Tenor in Rosenkavalier and Don Ottavio (Opera Vlaanderen), Belfiore in Il Viaggio a Reims (Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro) Don Ottavio (Nederlandse Reisopera), Comte Ory (Dorset Opera Festival), Mergy (Wexford Festival) and Osiride (Chelsea Opera). In 2014 Nico won the Overseas prize in the Royal Overseas League Compeition and in 2015 he represented Malta at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
His concert appearances include Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall, and Beethoven 9th Symphony at the Barbican in London. He has appeared in masterclass with Joyce DiDonato (Royal Opera House), Juan Diego Florez (Pesaro) Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Sir Thomas Allen (Solti Accademia) and Mirella Freni (Cubec Masterclasses in Modena).
His discography includes world premiere recordings of songs by Massenet and Sullivan's Shore and Sea, both with Richard Bonynge, and he has appeared in recital in the US and Canada under the auspices of the Maltese Arts Council. His current and future plans include a return to Covent Garden for Les Vepres Siciliennes, a recital at the Three Palaces festival in Malta and Washington, Messiah with Nederlandse Reisopera, Rodolfo in La Boheme in concert and also Nicias in Massenet’s Thais at the Cadogan Hall.