Hailing from Cherry Hill, NJ, Tenor Nicholas Houhoulis is regarded as an excellent interpreter of operatic romantic and character repertoire.
Two major highlights adorned the 2012-2013 season for Mr. Houhoulis. The first was his solo Carnegie Hall Debut as Anachino in a concert version of Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda with the Collegiate Chorale and the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mo. James Bagwell. Of his performance, Jake Johansen (examiner.com) stated, “Playing his loyal friend Anichino was tenor Nicholas Houhoulis in a small but impressionable role that only enhanced the evening.” The other major highlight of this season was, along with the rest of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, receiving special recognition as a participant in the GRAMMY® Award-winning recording for Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen in the category of Best Opera Recording in the 55th GRAMMY® Awards Year 2012.
Other 2012-2013 engagements included Bard SummerScape (Le Roi Malgré Lui), Washington National Opera (Anna Bolena), Washington Concert Opera (La Sonnambula and Maria Stuarda), Lyric Opera Baltimore (La Boheme), the Metropolitan Opera (Aida, François Girard’s new production of Parsifal, and Götterdämmerung), the New York Virtuoso Singers (Haydn’s Creation), and the American Symphony Orchestra (Marschner’s Der Vampyr & Mahler’s Symphony No. 2).
The 2011-2012 season saw Mr. Houhoulis in engagements with the Metropolitan Opera (Aida, Khovanshchina, and Robert LePage’s Götterdämmerung), Washington National Opera (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lyric Opera Baltimore (Faust), Washington Concert Opera (Atilla, Samson et Dalila), Baltimore Concert Opera (Madama Butterfly, La Cenerentola, and Il Trittico), American Symphony Orchestra (Schmidt’s Notre Dame) at Carnegie Hall, and his Southeast debut with the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers (Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass).
For 3 seasons, he was featured as a member of the Westminster Choir with Spoleto Festival USA, where he performed under the direction of Christopher Alden, Jonathan Eaton, and Chen Shi-Zeng and the batons of Julius Rudel, Yves Abel, and Emmanuel Villaume. Past productions with Spoleto USA include Dido and Aeneas, Manon Lescaut, Iphigénie en Tauride, Luisa Miller, Il Tabarro, and the U.S. Premier of Kurt Weill’s Die Bürgschaft.
Nicholas has been a guest soloist with the Ft. Myer’s Symphonic Mastersingers, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro James Ross, the Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra of New Jersey under the direction of Andrew Megill, and the Pensylvania Sinfonia Orchestra. In November of 2005, Nicholas was also featured in recital to a national and Canadian audience live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He has studied voice with Elem Eley, Dominic Cossa, and Gran Wilson, and has coached with Dalton Baldwin, J.J. Penna, Miah Im, Justina Lee, James Harp, and the late Charles Reiker. Mr. Houhoulis makes his residence in the New York City area, and is a member of the professional choir of the Brick Presbyterian Church, under the direction of Mr. Keith Tóth.