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Nicholas Folwell - Bass Baritone

A Dream of Paradise CD

Nicholas Folwell is one of the UK’s finest Wagnerian singers and a talented singing actor in the process. The role of Alberich in Der Ring is one which shows off his baritone talents best.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, the London Opera Centre and with Raimund Herincx and launched his career at the Welsh National Opera, where his roles included Mozart’s Figaro and Leporello, Pizzaro, Melitone, Escamillo, The Poacher (The Cunning Little Vixen), Alberich and Melot. He had the honour to record at WNO the role of Klingsor under Sir Reginald Goodall.

Nicholas has performed for all the major British opera companies and his world premiers include Mutius in Stephen Oliver’s Timon of Athens, the title role in Judith Weir’s Blond Eckbert and Mr van Tricasse Gavin Bryar’s Dr Ox’s Experiment, all at the English National Opera.

Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, he made his Royal Opera debut in The Poacher under Sir Simon Rattle and his international houses include Nantes, Opera Zuid, the New Israeli Opera and Paris Opera.

An accomplished concert performer, Nicholas has sung in several Kurt Weil stage works on the South Bank and with the London Sinfonietta and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle; and he has broadcast often with the BBC including at the Proms.

With his close friend Lesley Garrett CBE, Nicholas has toured the UK in her hugely successful recital tour, with pianist Andrew West.


‘Nicholas Folwell’s bull terrier of an Alberich bristled with fury and envy.” The Independent.

Mr Kallenbach / Satyagraha, English National Opera

“ ... Nicholas Folwell as Gandhi’s friend Kallenbach, is outstanding...”

John Allison / The Daily Telegraph

Dr Bartolo / Il barbiere di Siviglia, Scottish Opera

“. . . Apart from Nicholas Folwell’s properly Italianate Bartolo, the other singers come from a more ordinary world. . . “

Andrew Clark /The Financial Times

“ . . . Nicholas Folwell's consummately sung Bartolo reveals a master of comic timing . . .”

Matthew Rye / The Daily Telegraph

“ . . . Best of the singers are . . . Nicholas Folwell as a richly comic Dr Bartolo. . .”

John Allison / The Sunday Telegraph

“ . . . Bartolo is sung by that fine musician Nicholas Folwell. . .”

Raymond Monelle / The Independent

“ . . . Nicholas Folwell’s Bartolo is outstanding: floridly comic in paunch, red waistcoat and black wig, and amusing doing the simplest things, like trying to perch nonchalantly on a table. . .”

Geoff Brown / The Times

" . . .There was plenty to enjoy in Nicholas Folwell's Italiante Dr Bartolo . . . "

Andrew Clark / Opera

“ . . . Dr Bartolo (Nicholas Folwell) looked humorously reminiscent of Rossini, with an impressive paunch on which to display his watchchain. He waddled about convincingly, his legs too short to sit youthfully on the corner of a table, the very model of an "unmodern" older suitor. . .”

Stuart Campbell / The Scotsman

Antonio / Le nozze di Figaro / Royal Opera House

“ . . . Nicholas Folwell provides a vivid cameo as Antonio the gardener. . . “

Richard Fairman / Financial Times

Alberich / Siegfried / Longborough Festival

“ . . .a powerful adversary in Nicholas Folwell’s Alberich . . . “

Rupert Christiansen / The Daily Telegraph

“ . . . Das Rheingold was a triumph for all concerned…The singing too was of a high standard, with an outstanding performance by Nicholas Folwell as Alberich. .

Michael Kennedy / Opera

“ . . .Astonishingly Nicholas Folwell remains a towering Alberich after three decades of singing the role, and his scene with the Wanderer was another high point . . .”

Michael Tanner / The Spectator

“ . . .Nicholas Folwell, also rather well directed, remains one of the best Alberichs imaginable: a dark, virile baritone, remorseless in his exposure of Wotan’s hypocrisies, yet in an odd way vulnerable, his complaints at the bad hand dealt him by fate made to sound all too plausible despite their obvious emptiness. He would, one feels, sue if he sprained his ankle kicking someone. And he would lose. . . “

Stephen Walsh / The Arts Desk

Alberich / Das Rheingold / Longborough Festival

“ . . .Nicholas Folwell’s brutish Alberich is magnificent – his curse the best bit of sustained Wagnerian fury I’ve heard in years. . .”

Richard Morrison / The Times

“ . . . Das Rheingold was a triumph for all concerned…The singing too was of a high standard, with an outstanding performance by Nicholas Folwell as Alberich. . . Nicholas Folwell’s Alberich must by now be definitive. . .”

Michael Kennedy / Opera

“ . . . Of the uniformly strong cast Nicholas Folwell's Alberich was horribly good. . .”

Rian Evans / The Guardian

The Doctor / Punch and Judy / Music Theatre Wales at the Royal Opera House

“ . . .Nicholas Folwell is memorably repulsive as (the) Doctor, spouting conventional morality and being butchered for (his) pains . . .”

Richard Morrison / The Times



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