Nick Kirkup

Nick Kirkup


Tenor Nick Kirkup has a diverse performance history in choral and operatic repertoire, including roles for Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and University of Southern Queensland Opera Studios. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship, which allowed him to undertake further study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  

On the concert stage, engagements include the Evangelist role Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (2020) for Canticum, tenor soloist for the Canticum and Brisbane Chorale performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (2019), and tenor soloist for the state tour of Handel’s Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra (2016). 

For Opera Queensland (OQ), Nick has appeared in numerous productions with the company’s Chorus since 2016 and is a regular facilitator and singer for OQ’s far-reaching Learning Regional and Community programs. 

Nick’s recent solo roles for OQ include understudying Malcolm in Macbeth (2023), Giuseppe in La traviata (2022) and tenor soloist in Songs of Love and War (2021), as well as understudying Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro (2021), Spoletta in Tosca (2019), and Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes (2018). 

As an OQ 2024 Young Artist, Nick has understudied the roles of Arturo and Normanno for OQ’s Lucia di Lammermoor this April for Brisbane Bel Canto, Spoletta and Angelotti in Tosca for Opera at Jimbour and will appear as Rodolfo in La Boheme on a national tour for Opera Australia. 

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