NICHOLAS PRESTON
...resonant and warm
— Orange County Register
...a ringing stentorian tenor
— Bachtrack
 
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Nicholas Preston

Praised by the Orange County Register as being “resonant and warm” and by the classical music site Bachtrack as “a ringing stentorian tenor”, Hawai’i native Nicholas Preston, is in demand as a soloist in Southern California and beyond, having performed throughout California, and touring as a soloist in France, Italy, and Spain. He has been a member of Pacific Chorale since 2002 and has frequently appeared as a soloist with the ensemble. Nicholas has also performed as a soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Claremont Chorale, Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, Cypress Masterworks Chorale, and The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has worked under the batons of John Alexander, Carl St. Clair, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, John Mauceri, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Grant Gershon and Gustavo Dudamel. Nicholas’ solo appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Horatio Parker’s Hora Novissima, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9, Bach’s B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Requiem, Handel's Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.


The greatest respect an artist can pay to music is to give it life.
— Pablo Casals

In December of 2014, he appeared as a soloist with Pacific Symphony, in their production of Handel’s Messiah, and in May of 2015, he performed as the soloist in Herbert Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi, with Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony. More recent performances include the role of “Messenger” in Pacific Symphony’s production of Aida, tenor soloist in Vespers of 1610 by Claudio Monteverdi with Long Beach Camerata Singers, and tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with Long Beach Symphony, both in April 2017. Nicholas was featured in the world premiere of Philip Glass’ The Passion of Ramakrishna, which was commissioned for the grand opening of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and premiered by the Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony under the direction of Carl St. Clair in 2006. In April 2018, he reprised the same role at his debut in Carnegie Hall.

from left to right: Elissa Johnston, soprano; Christopheren Nomura, baritone; Maestro Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony; Philip Glass, composer; I-Chin Feinblatt, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Preston, tenor

 
 

Nicholas is proud to be involved with Pacific Symphony’s award-winning Education programs, being a presenter with the Class Act program as well as a featured soloist in the Youth Concerts. In January of 2019, Nicholas sang the role of “Prince Tamino” in the production of Magic Flute for the Family Musical Mornings series, conducted by Roger Kalia, and in January 2018, Nicholas sang the role of “Eisenstein” in the production of Die Fledermaus. Nicholas was thrilled to once again share the stage with Maestro St. Clair and soprano Chelsea Chaves in the Summer of 2018, where he was asked to be a featured soloist in their “Symphony in the Cities” Summer concert series.

Nicholas received his B.A. in Music from Loyola Marymount University, and currently resides in Orange County with his wife Dr. Kathleen Preston and their daughter Zelda.

 

Listen

 
 

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities

July 28-29, 2018 - Mission viejo & irvine, ca

Singing with Pacific Symphony, at their Symphony in the Cities Community Concert

 
 

Excerpt from O Holy Night

December 2018 - st. paul lutheran church

An excerpt from O Holy Night at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fullerton, CA.

 
 

Pacific Symphony: Aida

Playing the Role of “The Messenger” in Pacific Symphony’s production of Aida

 
 
 

News

 
 

Pacific Symphony’s Carnegie Hall Debut

April 21, 2018 - Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Music Composed by Philip Glass
John Alexander conducting Pacific Symphony

 

from left to right: Elissa Johnston, soprano; Christopheren Nomura, baritone; Maestro Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony; Philip Glass, composer; I-Chin Feinblatt, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Preston, tenor

 

 
 

Opera for Kids: The Magic Flute

January 2019

Playing the role of Prince Tamino in the Family Concert series.
Roger Kalia conducting Pacific Symphony

 

Playing the role of Prince Tamino in the Family Concert series, January 2019. Roger Kalia conducting Pacific Symphony.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Symphony

 

 

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities

July 28-29, 2018 - Mission viejo & irvine, ca

Carl St. Clair, conductor I Chelsea Chaves, soprano I Nick Preston, tenor
Alan Chapman, host

 

Kids have the chance to learn how to conduct with Maestro St. Clair and later help lead the orchestra in Sousa’s Hands Across the Sea.

 
 

Opera for Kids: Die Fledermaus

January 2018

“Revenge of the Batman” - playing the role of Eisenstein A.K.A. The Joker
Roger Kalia conducting Pacific Symphony

 

Playing the role of Eisenstein (A.K.A. the Joker) in the Family Concert series, January 2018. Roger Kalia conducting Pacific Symphony.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Symphony

 

 
 

Pacific Symphony: Aida

February 2017

Singing the role of the Messenger in Pacific Symphony's production of Aida.
Carl St. Clair conducting Pacific Symphony

 

Standing directly behind the Sphinx, singing the role of the Messenger in Pacific Symphony's production of Aida, February 2017. Carl St. Clair conducting.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Symphony

 

 
 

Pacific Symphony: Class Act Program

2016 - present

Presenter for the Class Act Program, an award-winning educational outreach program.
Pacific Symphony

 

Presenter for the Class Act Program, an award winning educational outreach program with Pacific Symphony, 2016-present.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Symphony

 

 
 

Philip Glass: The Passion of Ramakrishna

2012 - Orange Mountain Music

Nicolas Preston, Second Devotee
John Alexander conducting Pacific Symphony

 

Photo courtesy of Orange Mountain Music - 2002

 
 
 

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