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Nicholas Provenzale

Assistant Professor, Voice/Opera


W M Lee Center for Fine Arts 126

Phone: (605) 658-3474




From the Kennedy Center to Hong Kong City Hall, baritone Nicholas Provenzale's international appearances have delighted audiences and critics alike. His operatic engagements include performances with Musica Viva Hong Kong, Indianapolis Opera, Kentucky Opera, San Diego Opera, Dicapo Opera Theatre, and Bronx Opera. As a soloist, he has appeared with the China National Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, and the Thailand Philharmonic. As part of an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial concert, Nicholas portrayed a young Lincoln in scenes from a new opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Nicholas' many roles include Silvio in Pagliacci, Danilo in The Merry Widow, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Marcello and Schaunard in La Bohème, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, the Father in Hansel and Gretel, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. Nicholas' recordings include the roles of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Beau Braxton in the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri's God Bless Us, Every One, both released by Albany Records. As a member of the Pro Arte Singers, led by Paul Hillier, he is heard on William Byrd: The Three Masses, on the Harmonia Mundi label. Nicholas is an active recitalist, most recently performing at Eastern Illinois University, Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, and a program of American art song at Sala Sudasiri Sobha, in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2016, he won Third Place in the Art Song/Oratorio division of The American Prize, and won the Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Competition in 2013. An enthusiastic educator, Nicholas joins the faculty of the University of South Dakota this year as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera. He previously served on the faculty of Eastern Illinois University and Mahidol University in Thailand, where he was Chair of the Classical Voice Department. He has been a guest teacher and performer at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Burapha University in Thailand, the Myanmar Institute of Theology, and the Asho Chin Thelogical Seminary, in Myanmar. Nicholas received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, studying with Giorgio Tozzi. In 2012, He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Dr. Everett McCorvey.


  • DMA, Voice, University of Kentucky, 2012
  • MM, Voice, Indiana University, 2004
  • BM, Voice Performance, Indiana University, 2002

Awards and Honors:

  • Third Place Winner, The American Prize, Art Song/Oratorio Division, 2017
  • Winner, Hawaii Public Radio Art Song Competition, 2013
  • District Winner/Regional Finalist, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2004