Canadian tenor Nils Brown has performed extensively on the concert and opera stages of North America with many prestigious companies.
In up-coming work Nils will sing in Bach's St. John Passion with Ottawa's Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra under Kevin Mallon conductor, taking on both the Evangelist role and the demanding aria soloist duties. Summer months promise performances of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, (the Shoenberg chamber orchestra version) in Quebec City, and an appearance at the Montreal's Baroque Festival singing Vemetian songs.
In oratorio Nils Brown has appeared as a guest artist with most of the major Canadian orchestras, including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestre SYmphonique de Quebec, and with many important American ones, and he also values very highly the tradition of the great choral societies in both these countries, such as the Ottawa Choral Society, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Vancouver Bach Choir, Choeur St. Laurent de Montreal, and the National Chorale (NYC), all of which he has had the honour of performing with.
Well known as a baroque stylist, Nils Brown has performed with the Boston Handel and Haydn Society (Christopher Hogwood), the American Bach Soloists in San Francisco (Jeffrey Thomas), the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Paul Goodwin), also at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles (Andrew Lawrence-King) and with the Baltimore Symphony (Louis Langree), the Broooklyn Academy of Music (Dr. Jonathan Miller), Tafelmusik (Jeanne Lamont), Aradia Ensemble (Kevin Mallon), with his 'home' group, Le Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal (Christopher Jackson), as well as with many chamber ensembles, notably the Four Nations Ensemble (Andrew Appel), and the Smithsonian Chamber Players (Ken Slowick).
Nils worked as a singer-actor under director Dr. Jonathan Miller in a dramatic treatment of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC, in three editions of this famous production.
Appearing this season with Opera St. Eustache in the role of Tamino (Die Zauberflote), he recently sang at Ottawa's Opera Lyra, in the role of Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Other opera credits include Don Ottavio in Mozarts' Don Giovanni with Cork Opera (Ireland) and the Jacksonville Symphony (in Florida), and smaller roles with Opera de Montreal (Scaramuccio in Ariadne auf Naxos of Strauss), and Opera de Quebec (in Die Zauberflote). He has also sung the role Arcetro in Peri's Euridice for Long Beach Opera, and Almaviva (Rossini's Barbiere di Siviglia), for Opera Mississauga,(now Opera York). He has sung major roles with Toronto's Opera in Concert in the 'bel canto" repertory and in Mozartean singspiel.
As a boy-chorister/soloist Nils recieved the gift of an extremely rigorous musical education while singing during his peak years in the Choir of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, UK. He was awarded the Queen's Chorister Scholarship and in this capacity performed at important occasions at St. George's Chapel as a soloist, before HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Subsequently, back in Canada, his voice having transformed to tenor, he studied with the legendary Verdi baritone
Louis Quilico, with William Neill, and with Jan Simons, while studying Opera Performance at the University of Toronto, McGill University, Montreal and at L'Atelier Lyrique de L'Opéra de Montreal.
He attended classes given by tenor Ernst Heafliger on the Bach Passions, and classes with vocal pedagogue Diane Forlano at the Britten-Pears School, Aldeburgh, UK, and there he also appeared in the title role of the 50th anniversary production of the Britten opera, Albert Herring, presented by the Aldeburgh Festival.
Nils Brown can be heard in the world-wide release of the video-game Assassins Creed III and IV, singing and acting in The Beggars Opera by John Gay, and also singing many Sea Shanties and Pirate Songs, among other contributions.
A specialist and researcher in Robert Burns' original song output, he will sing again this April at the annual conference of the Robert Burns Association of North America, this edition being in Columbia, South Carolina.
Orchestral song-cycles he has performed include new works by Scott Tresham, and Edward Hughes, and he has sung Gustav Mahlers' demanding Das Lied von der Erde (Scheonberg reduction) with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and I Musici de Montreal.
On disk, Nils Brown has recorded with the American Bach Soloists, the Washington Bach Consort, Aradia Ensemble, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The Four Nations Ensemble and Les Idees Heureuses.