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Nicholas Loren’s progression from his earliest artistic
beginnings in 1968 to mastery of the dramatic tenor repertoire
is both fascinating and unique. Remarkable as it is to hear so
rich and burnished a sound as Loren’s soar effortlessly up to a
high C and beyond,
(1) it is not surprising when one considers
that his genesis was that of a high-flying bel canto tenor.
(2) In
addition to extensive song study while attending Oberlin
Conservatory and the Yale School of Music, he concentrated
primarily on the music of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini and soon
afterward appeared as Tonio in The Daughter of the Regiment
(3) and Almaviva in Barber of Seville with smaller regional
opera companies, later moving on to heavier assignments like
Alfredo in La Traviata and Rodolfo in La Boheme.

Over time, his voice developed such substantial depth of color
and natural weight that for some years he enjoyed success in
strategically chosen baritone roles. As Rossini’s Figaro,
Rigoletto,
(4) Gerard in Andrea Chenier and Di Luna in Il
Travatore, to mention only a few, he gained valuable
experience in larger more prestigious venues, yet maintained
his true tenor footing by regularly interpolating sensational high
notes into his portrayals.
(5)

Finally realizing his destiny as a genuine ‘tenore di forza’,
Loren scored triumphs as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly,
(6)
Radames in Aida, Don Jose in Carmen and Florestan in Fidelio.
In fact, his repertoire was unprecedented in its breadth,
encompassing over 45 roles during his 35 years before the
public.
"He has a dramatic voice of uncommon beauty, with a depth of tone and
breadth of sound which is coupled to an utterly secure and absolutely thrilling
top. Mr. Loren's technique is so solid and his voice so reliable and consistent in
its position that he is seemingly tireless. Acoustically, the voice is sensational,
and only picks up more color and overtones as it rides over an orchestra."
Steven Eldredge, Associate Conductor, Metropolitan Opera
Nicholas Loren in La Traviata
Nicholas Loren as Don Carlos
Nicholas Loren as Don Jose in Carmen
(1) Di quella pira, Il Trovatore,
Verdi (2002)

(2) Dolce speranza, La
Cenerentola, Rossini (1976)

(3) De cette aveu si tendre, La
Fille du Regiment, Donizetti
(1983)

(4) Finale, Rigoletto, Verdi
(1991)

(5) Nemico della patria,
Andrea Chenier, Giordano
(1999)

(6) Dovunque al mondo,
Madama Butterfly, Puccini
(2000)