Nicholas Nestorak



After many regional successes, Tenor Nicholas Nestorak is building a professional career in vocal performance. A native of Michigan, Nestorak’s career has flourished not only in the Midwest but across the United States and internationally with regional opera company performances and vocal competitions. Following residencies at apprentice programs such as Palm Beach Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Wolf Trap Opera, Nestorak has continued to build his craft performing lead roles with opera companies such as Austin Opera, Opera Roanoke, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Sklight Music Theatre, and Opera Grand Rapids. In addition to performing in classical traditional operas, Nestorak has passion for new compostitions. This past season Nestorak portrayed the American painter Grant Wood in The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius in the World Premiere production of these works with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre. The 2019-2020 season holds company debuts at Knoxville Opera and Florida Grand Opera and a return to Opera Grand Rapids. A former student of tenor George Shirley, Nestorak holds a MM from the University of Michigan (Voice), and a BA from Hillsdale College (Voice & Cello). For a full list of Nestorak’s past roles, please see resume. To see Nestorak’s upcoming engagements and to get more production information, please see calendar.




Pong Turandot Opera Grand Rapids 2020

Goro Madama Butterfly Cedar Rapids 2020

Goro Madama Butterfly Knoxville Opera 2019

Conte Almaviva      Il Barbiere di Siviglia            Opera Roanoke          2019

Grant Wood Strokes of Genius: Cedar Rapids 2019
The Grant Wood Operas Opera Theatre

The Witch                Hansel and Gretel                BRAVA! Opera Theater    2019

Monostatos             The Magic Flute                   Opera Grand Rapids      2018

Monostatos             The Magic Flute                   Toledo Opera                2018

Borsa                      Rigoletto                              Wolf Trap Opera           2018

Tenor 2                   Seven Deadly Sins                Wolf Trap Opera           2018

Gastone                  La Traviata                           Austin Opera                 2018

Pang                       Turandot                       Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre 2018

Spoletta                  Tosca                                   Wolf Trap Opera           2017

Physician                 Fall of the House of Usher     Wolf Trap Opera           2017

Trin                         La fanciulla del West            Opera Carolina             2017

Ali                          Zémire et Azor                      Skylight Music Theatre   2017

Basilio                    Le nozze di Figaro                 Toledo Opera               2017

Gastone                 La Traviata                            Opera Carolina             2017

Tobias Ragg            Sweeney Todd                     Glimmerglass Festival      2016

Albert Herring          Albert Herring                      Opera MODO              2016

Lord Geoffrey          The Picture of Dorian Gray    Opera Fayetteville         2016

Jupiter                     Semele                                 Opera MODO              2015

Monostatos             The Magic Flute                    Glimmerglass Festival     2015

Tonio                      La Fille du Regiment               Palm Beach Opera        2015
(cover & family)

Parpignol                La Bohème                            Palm Beach Opera        2015

Rinuccio                  Gianni Schicchi                     Oberlin in Italy              2014

Spalanzani              The Tales of Hoffmann           Palm Beach Opera        2014

Nathanaël               The Tales of Hoffmann           Palm Beach Opera        2014

Almaviva                  Il Barbiere di Siviglia             Palm Beach Opera       2014
(cover & family)

Oronte                    Alcina (reduced w/piano)      Palm Beach Opera       2014

George Gibbs         Our Town (reduced w/piano)Palm Beach Opera        2014

Malcom(cover)        Macbeth                               Palm Beach Opera        2014

Ufficiale                  Il Barbiere di Siviglia    Crested Butte Music Festival    2013
(& Almaviva cover)

Harlequin                Der Kaiser von Atlantis  Crested Butte Music Festival    2013

Tanzmeister             Ariadne auf Naxos            University of Michigan        2013

Don Ottavio            Don Giovanni                    University of Michigan        2012

Tamino                   Die Zauberflöte           Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar    2012
(& 1st Armored Man)

Nerone                   L’incoronazione di Poppea University of Michigan        2012

Ein Soldat                Der Kaiser von Atlantis       University of Michigan        2012

The Beast                Beauty and the Beast               Hillsdale College          2010

Matt                        The Fantasticks           Hillsdale Community Theatre      2009

Kaspar                    Amahl and the Night Visitors     Hillsdale College         2007