Cooper Nolan, praised for his “bright, shining, tenor (Musical America)” and his “powerhouse voice (Opera News)”, is increasingly making a name for himself as an important interpreter of some of opera’s most famous tenor roles. He recently made two notable house debuts, with Oper Frankfurt as the title role in Verdi’s Stiffelio, and with Theater Aachen as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, where he was praised for his “dramatic, shimmering lyrical, high-placed voice (Der Neue Merker)”. Upcoming engagements for the 2018-2019 season include a role debut as Canio (I Pagliacci) with Opera San Jose, and Verdi’s Requiem with the Lexington Philharmonic.
During the 2015-16 season, he sang Don José in Carmen with El Paso Opera and for his European debut with Theater Kiel. He will also spent a second summer at Santa Fe Opera, singing Tybalt in Roméo and Juliette while covering Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West.
During the 2014-15 season, Mr. Nolan was a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, performing Don Jose in Carmen and Trin in La Fanciulla del West, in addition to covering Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), and taking part in the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ The Manchurian Candidate. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Apprentice Program at Santa Fe Opera, covering both Narraboth (Salome), and Teague in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain. The 2013-14 season saw a number of important role debuts for Mr. Nolan. He sang Edgardo in Lucia di Lamermoor with Winter Opera St. Louis, Rodolfo in a semi-staged La Bohème with the Savannah Philharmonic, and then returned to the Savannah Philharmonic for an evening of operatic and musical theater favorites, including Puccini’s “Nessun dorma”. In the summer of 2014 he joined Glimmerglass Opera to cover Bacchus in its production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
In the summer of 2013, Mr. Nolan premiered another role, Luigi in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, on the stage of the Norweigian National Opera House under the auspices of LidalNorth. With the Merola Opera Program of San Francisco Opera he sang excerpts from Rigoletto and Lucia di Lamermoor. Other performances highlights include Carmina Burana with the Savannah Philharmonic and Dance Alive National Ballet, Mendelssohn’s Die Erste Waldpurgisnacht with the St. George’s Choral Society, the Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites) with LidalNorth, and an Italian Opera Gala with the New Jersey State Opera.
A recent graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Cooper was seen there in many roles, including the Duke (Rigoletto), Ulysse (Fauré’s Penelope), Paco (La Vida Breve), and scenes as Don Alvaro (La forza del Destino) and the title role in L’amico Fritz. While there, he was selected to sing alongside Thomas Hampson in a Gala performance honoring Marilyn Horne. Upon graduation, he was presented with the Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation, given to the most promising graduate of the Voice program. A two-time Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions District Winner, Mr. Nolan lives in New York City.