Paul Nicosia

Biography

Paul Nicosia, an American tenor praised for his “innate musicality” and “accessible vocal versatility and flexibility,” makes his role/house debut in 2019 as Tonio (complete with nine high Cs!) in Donizetti’s La fille du régiment at St. Petersburg Opera. He most recently appeared as Giovanni in Catán’s mesmerizing La hija de Rappaccini as a guest artist with the UA Opera Theater, and debuted at Opera in the Heights as Mozart’s Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). He returned to Arizona Opera to sing the role of Danny and cover the roles of Roy Dexter in the Arizona premiere of Emmerich Kálmán’s Arizona Lady and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and debuted at the Arizona Bach Festival as the Tenor Soloist in the St. John Passion. At Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, he covered the roles of Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème and Enoch Snow in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. During the 2014/15 season, Paul finished his second year as a Resident Artist at Sarasota Opera. While there, he sang the Ufficiale in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Villager in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, and 1st Boyar in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Zolotoy petushok (The Golden Cockerel) while also covering the roles of Raymond in Verdi’s Jérusalem and Don Curzio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Paul has also appeared on the stages of Arizona Opera as the Messenger in Verdi’s Il trovatore, at Opera New Jersey as Normanno in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and at Des Moines Metro Opera where he covered Howard Bucher in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking.

Paul received his Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University where he was seen as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Count Tassilo in Kálmán’s Gräfin Maritza and Mayor Upfold in Britten’s Albert Herring. He completed his Master’s degree at Arizona State University where he played Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La cenerentola, the Prologue in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and Pirelli in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.

Paul’s musical interests also include concert works, which he has performed multiple times in the Phoenix metro area as well as the tri-state area of New York. His repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Requiem.

Repertoire

ROLES PERFORMED
Composer Role Work Company Year
Donizetti Tonio La fille du régiment St. Petersburg Opera 2019
Catán Giovanni La hija de Rappaccini UA Opera Theater 2018
Mozart Tamino Die Zauberflöte Opera in the Heights 2017
Morganelli Telemachus/City Man Hercules vs. Vampires Arizona Opera 2017
Puccini Goro (cover) Madama Butterfly Arizona Opera 2017
Handel Acis Acis and Galatea Opera Theater of Montclair 2016
Mozart Don Ottavio (cover) Don Giovanni Arizona Opera 2016
Kálmán Danny Arizona Lady (AZ premiere) Arizona Opera 2015
Puccini Rodolfo (cover) La bohème Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre 2015
Rodgers and Hammerstein Enoch Snow (cover) Carousel Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre 2015
Rimsky-Korsakov First Boyar Le Coq D’Or Sarasota Opera 2015
Mozart Don Curzio (cover) Le nozze di Figaro Sarasota Opera 2015
Heggie Howard Boucher (cover) Dead Man Walking Des Moines Metro Opera 2014
Leoncavallo Villager I Pagliacci Sarasota Opera 2014
Verdi Raymond (cover) Jérusalem Sarasota Opera 2014
Rossini Ufficiale Il barbiere di Siviglia Sarasota Opera 2014
R. Strauss Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos Land of Enchantment Opera 2013
Verdi Messenger Il trovatore Arizona Opera 2013
Mozart Belmonte (cover) Die Entführung aus dem Serail Arizona Opera 2011
Rossini Don Ramiro La cenerentola Quisisana Resort/Lyric Opera Theatre 2010
Donizetti Normanno Lucia di Lammermoor Opera New Jersey 2009
Mozart Tamino The Magic Flute Rowan Opera 2008
Britten Mayor Upfold Albert Herring Rowan Opera 2008
SUGGESTED REPERTOIRE
COMPOSER ROLE WORK
Britten Peter Quint The Turn of the Screw
Donizetti Nemorino L’Elisir d’Amore
Donizetti Edgardo, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti Ernesto Don Pasquale
Gounod Roméo Roméo et Juliette
Leoncavallo Beppe I Pagliacci
Mozart Ferrando Così fan tutte
Mozart Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mozart First Armored Man Die Zauberflöte
Puccini Rinuccio Gianni Schicchi
Rossini Count Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia
Tchaikovsky Lensky Eugene Onegin
Verdi Fenton Falstaff
Verdi Alfredo La traviata
ORATORIO/CONCERT
Composer Work
Bach St. John Passion
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Handel Messiah
Haydn Creation
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Great Mass in C Minor
Mozart Requiem
Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
Orff Carmina Burana

In The Press

THE MAGIC FLUTE

“Tenor Paul Nicosia opened up during the second act… His firm lilting voice warmed the house as his character came to life.” – Houston Press

HERCULES VS. VAMPIRES

“Paul Nicosia was a warm-toned Telemachus” – Opera Today