Nicholas Ransley

Nicholas Ransley trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and The Met Film School – Ealing Studios. He continues his singing studies with David Pollard and he is also studying at The Actors Centre in London.

Operatic roles include Don José Carmen, Alfredo La Traviata, Il Duca Rigoletto, Rodolfo La Bohème, Nadir Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Nemorino L’elisir d’amore, Leicester Maria Stuarda, Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville, Don Ramiro La Cenerentola, Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Camille The Merry Widow, Ferrando Così fan tutte, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Foresto Attila, Macduff Macbeth, Albert Albert Herring, Pluton Orphée aux Enfers and Paris La Belle Hélène. He has performed as a soloist for many companies including English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Diva Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

He has an extensive oratorio repertoire and has performed at major concert venues in the UK including Symphony Hall in Birmingham, the Barbican and Royal Festival Hall with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. He made his Italian debut in Rome at La Salle Sinopoli where he performed Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Orchestra da Camera del Lazio. His broadcasts include Friday Night is Music Night and In Tune for the BBC. Film/TV credits include Neil Armstrong in Jonathan Dove’s Man on the Moon and Mike in the BBC’s multi award winning Flashmob–the Opera.

Some recent engagements include Count Danilo The Merry Widow (Singapore Lyric Opera), Don José Carmen (Opera North), Alfredo La Traviata (London Festival Opera), Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor (Opera Holland Park) and Ralph Rackstraw HMS Pinafore (Lyric Opera Ireland). He was the special guest in a series of concerts with Lesley Garrett and also took part in The Last Night of the Proms for Raymond Gubbay Productions. In summer 2014 he covered Leicester Maria Stuarda for the Royal Opera House where he recently made his stage debut as an Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos.

As an actor Nicholas Ransley has just completed two films: “Noir” in which he played George, directed by Carl Yates and which is now in post-production, and a Digital Content promo for the feature “The White Crow” in which he played Frederic Myers.

THE MERRY WIDOW/SINGAPORE LYRIC OPERA

“Nicholas Ransley was a dapper, cucumber-cool Count Danilo Danilovich, his warm-voiced, youthful lyric tenor resonating with appealing force. Together, Jayasinghe and Ransley slowly revealed their magnetism, realised with conviction in their duets, especially so as they can finally declare themselves in love with the lyrics “All the world’s in love with love and I love you”, thus saving Pontevedro in the process.” bachtrack November 2014

“The most even performance of the night came from tenor Nicholas Ransley, who sang the role of Count Danilo Danilovich, the First Secretary to the Pontevedrian Embassy, who was called by the ambassador to save his country from bankruptcy and marry Madam Glawari. Mr Ransley catapulted himself into his role from the very start, with his powerful performance of You’ll find me at Maxim’s. His versatility was truly showcased in the tender and mellifluous voice with which he sang the duet Strings are sighing.” The Kent Ridge Common November 2014

Kishani Jayasinghe was well-matched with Nicholas Ransley who played her old flame, Count Danilo Danilovich. He had a charming and cultivated air about him, and their duet scenes, whether arguing, dancing or singing, were always a delight to watch. The Straits Times November 2014

AN EVENING WITH LESLEY GARRETT

“Ransley used his creamy tones to blend with the layers of higher notes from Miss Garrett in Tonight from West Side Story. His solo highlight was a powerful performance of the wonderful old enduring Fifties melody Be My Love. His version of Maria from West Side Story was another standout.” Mid Sussex Times, October 2012

RIGOLETTO/OPERA PROJECT

“Nicholas Ransley’s Duke of Mantua, sung with lovely sharp diction, displayed just the right amount of devious charm to deceive a naive young girl and entice a more experienced woman like Maddalena.” Bristol Evening Post, October 2009

LA BELLE HELENE/DIVA OPERA

“Nicholas Ransley, charismatic as Paris, sang lustily about ‘crazee lurve’, dashing off the extremities of his tenor role with ease.” Opera Now, August 2008

“Nicholas Ransley, à la voix caressante, fait de Pâris un personage attachant.” L‘Express Neuchâtel, August 2008

CINDERELLA/SCOTTISH OPERA ON TOUR

“Nicholas Ransley’s Ramiro benefited from the best voice and technique, heard to advantage in Rossini’s decorative lines.” Opera, March 2008

LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR/SCOTTISH OPERA

“Nicholas Ransley, as Enrico’s loyal henchman engendered a brooding malevolence as he skulked behind the massive stage pillars to eavesdrop on the lovers.” Edinburgh Guide, June 2007

“..henchman Normanno (Nicholas Ransley) a truly shadowy bit of work.” The Scotsman, June 2007

“On stage nearly throughout, there is menace in him too as he lurks behind columns, spying on Lucia like a would-be lover who is not brave enough to even be spurned.” The Stage, June 2007

MARIA STUARDA/ENGLISH TOURING OPERA

“Nicholas Ransley as Leicester is the star of the show, elegant in appearance, manner and musical style, with a piercing tenor that suggests he could soon be Essex in a far greater Gloriana opera.” The Spectator, 2005

“His slim, attractive figure and lovely lyric tenor made an ardent Leicester. Ransley is a tenor to watch.” Classical Source, 2005

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