Nicholas Boragno, bass-baritone, is a native of Southern California. This current season Mr. Boragno is a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist with Virginia Opera where he is covering Kuno, The Hermit and Samiel in Der Freischütz. He is later performing Colline with Opera Bend in a touring production of La Bohème throughout the state of Oregon. Nicholas will then return to Los Angeles to be a principal soloist in POPaganza!, Pacific Opera Project's annual donor gala, at Castle Green in Pasadena, CA. Later he will sing baritone solos from Orff’s Carmina Burana under the baton of Grant Gershon at the Musco Center for the Arts in celebration of his alma mater, Orange County School of the Arts’ 30th Anniversary.
Last season Nicholas was heard singing several professional concerts in and around Southern California, most notably A Night at the Opera with The South Coast Symphony, For the Children benefit concert in Palm Desert, and the launch of a self-created series of sacred music concerts with collaborative pianist, Victoria Kirsch. He later joined Los Angeles Opera Outreach in their revival tour of The Prospector. Nicholas was honored to spend the summer of 2016 in San Francisco as a member of the Merola Opera Program where he was a featured cast member in the Schwabacher Summer Concert Scenes Program. He sang scenes as Nick Shadow from The Rake’s Progress, Waldner from Arabella, Elviro from Serse and Don Magnifico from La Cenerentola.
Mr. Boragno joined Chautauqua Opera in summer 2015 as a young artist where he sang the Captain in Eugene Onegin and the First Apparition in Macbeth. The previous season, Nicholas sang with Los Angeles Opera in their “Figaro Unbound” series where he performed the role of Basilio in Figaro’s American Adventure. He then went on to make his role debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni as a professional guest artist at The University of Alabama Opera Theatre. In 2015 he was also awarded first place in the Henry and Maria Holt Memorial Scholarship Competition with West Bay Opera.
In summer 2014, Nicholas sang as a young artist with Opera Saratoga where he performed the role of Bindy McCall in the world premier workshop of Evan Mack’s new opera, Roscoe, as well as being featured in The Magic Flute and The Elixir of Love. In 2013/14 he had the privilege to sing with the Los Angeles Opera twice, first performing the role of Coyote in The Prospector and then on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in Billy Budd conducted by James Conlon.
Nicholas attended Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he graduated with honors. While at MSM he performed the role of Giorgio in the U.S. premiere of Paisiello’s Nina, o sia La Pazza Per Amore to enthusiastic reviews from The New York Times. In 2010 Mr. Boragno had the privilege to study a year abroad in Stuttgart, Germany. That year he made his European debut singing Schaunard in La Bohème with the Stuttgarter Opernschule.
In the 2017/18 season, Mr. Boragno is looking forward to making his debut with Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles, CA where we will be performing the role of Raimondo Bidebent in Lucia di Lammermoor.