Nicholas Meyer, baritone, is a diverse singer who maintains an active singing and teaching career in Portland, OR. He is also the Artistic Co-Director of Opera Theater Oregon where in September of 2017, he made his debut performance with the company, creating the role of John Muir in its world premiere production of Two Yosemites. Nicholas was praised by Oregon ArtsWatch for his "whiskey-smooth baritone" and that he "interpreted [Muir] to perfection." NW Reverb wrote he "superbly captured Muir’s dignity and vision for the great outdoors...Meyer’s beautiful mellow baritone was at its best in the upper range." Nicholas made his directorial debut with the company in 2018 in their production of The Little Prince. Last summer he joined the Aquilon Music Festival, singing the title role in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Other previous credits include Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), The Stranger (Martin's Lie), Indiana Elliot's Brother (The Mother of Us All) and covering the principal role of Beaumarchais in Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles.
An avid recitalist, Nicholas has performed numerous recitals and his ever-growing repertoire encompasses over 300 art songs. He has produced and performed three unique art song recitals through successful Kickstarter campaigns, often collaborating with composer Justin Ralls and pianist Robert Ainsley (formerly of Portland Opera). During the summer of 2013 Nicholas received a scholarship to participate in the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien, Austria, a five-week intensive study of poetry and performance of German art songs with leading interpreters of the genre.
Nicholas has participated in nearly two dozen master classes, working with world-renowned artists such as Elly Ameling, Dame Ann Murray, Warren Jones and Thomas Hampson. Nicholas has a great interest in contemporary music and frequently collaborates with long-time friend and colleague Justin Ralls. He also premiered a song cycle by Italian composer Paolo Marchettini for baritone, cello solo and orchestra in 2012 and again in 2016 in New York City.
Nicholas holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University. He currently studies with renowned voice teacher David Jones in New York City. As a voice/piano teacher, Nicholas has taught thousands of lessons, working with professional singers, hip-hop artists, public speakers, treble voices and teenagers, karaoke enthusiasts and everyone in between.