Nicholas Folwell

  • Tristan und Isolde – Kurwenal
  • Parsifal – Klingsor
  • Das Rheingold – Alberich
  • Siegfried – Alberich
  • Götterdämmerung – Alberich


During a career spanning over forty years Nicholas Folwell has performed over one hundred and thirty rôles in a wide ranging repertoire.

Rôles for Welsh National Opera, where he began his career, have included included Figaro (La Nozze di Figaro), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Pizzaro (Fidelio), Escamillo (Carmen), Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen) and Melot (Tristan und Isolde) and Klingsor (Parsifal) both recorded under Sir Reginald Goodall.  For the Royal Opera House he has sung Harašta (The Cunning Little Vixen) under Sir Simon Rattle, Antonio (La Nozze di Figaro) and Nachtigal (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg); for Scottish Opera: Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Figaro (La Nozze di Figaro), Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia); for Glyndebourne: Pizzaro (Fidelio), Figaro and Antonio (La Nozze di Figaro), and Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg);  for Opera North: Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Alberich; for Opera Holland Park: Sharpless (Madama Butterfly and Pizarro (Fidelio); for English National Opera: Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and for Mid Wales Opera: Scarpia (Tosca). Performances with other companies include Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen), Sancho (Don Quichotte), Major Mary (Die Soldaten), Music Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Mr Kallenbach (Satyagraha), Mutius (Timon of Athens), Eckbert (Blond Eckbert) and Mr van Tricasse (Dr Ox’s Experiment) the last three at their world premières.

Outside the UK his performances include Alberich (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Dreieinigkeits Moses (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) for Angers Nantes Opéra, Figaro (La Nozze di Figaro), Don Iñigo Gomez (L’Heure Espagnol) Le Chat and L’Horloge (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges) for Opera Zuid, Germont (La Traviata) and Escamillo (Carmen) in Ireland and Koroviev (Der Meister und Margarita) at its world première at the Opéra National de Paris.

Operas in concert include Pizzaro (Fidelio) with Kurt Masur, Lysiart (Euryanthe) with Sir Mark Elder and the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with Martyn Brabbins.

Concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony No 8 with Gary Bertini in Torino and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with Martyn Brabbins, The  Dream of Gerontius with Yuri Simanov in Brussels, and the world premières of Vinko Globokar’s Sternbild der Grenze in Paris and Claudio Ambrosini’s Proverbs of Hell in Rome.