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Damon Nestor Ploumis, Bass-Baritone

Welcome

to the website of Damon Nestor Ploumis. With upcoming appearances at Theater Regensburg and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, last season saw Ploumis singing at Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Landestheater Linz, Theater Chemnitz, Theater Kiel and the Lismore Music Festival in Ireland.

Equally at home both in opera and on the concert stage, Damon Nestor Ploumis has established a name for himself in the Rossini repertoire as an imposing singing actor. Recent engagements include the Finnish National Opera, Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, as well as the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Greek National Opera, Theater Bremen, Salzburger Landestheater, Landesbühnen Sachsen, Theater Hof, Opera of Thessaloniki as well as in Cyprus (where he both directed and sang) and the Alden Biesen Festival in Belgium.

In addition to his singing schedule, Damon Nestor Ploumis is the founder and General Director of Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, now in its seventh season, and has had over four hundred students from thirty-seven different countries under his tutelage.

Having been engaged as a guest Director at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, this season sees Ploumis directing Aida in Beijing, as well as accepting invitations to give masterclasses in China, Chile and Brazil. He also sits on the judges' panel of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas in Chile.

Please visit the Media page for video and audio links excerpts from the DVD recording of Il Viaggio a Reims. The Gallery shows photos from recent productions where Damon Nestor Ploumis has sung. To contact Damon please click here.

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In sixteen productions as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as numerous appearances in all of the core Rossini bass roles, Damon Nestor Ploumis has established a reputation as one of the foremost Rossini bass-baritones of his generation.

Appearing throughout Europe as a guest artist, he has sung in such venues as the Finnish National Opera, Zurich Opera, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Royal Swedish Opera, Greek National Opera as well as numerous houses throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Making his debut at the Greek National Opera, he continued on at the Zurich Opera singing Capulet in Romeo et Juliette and at the Finnish National Opera singing Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola under Maestro Zedda, Mephistopheles in La Damnation de Faust and Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  His time in Helsinki culminated with his appearance as Don Profondo in Nobel prizewinner Dario Fo’s production of Il Viaggio a Reims, which was broadcast live throughout Europe.

Singing Dulcamara in Jonathan Miller’s production of L’Elisir d’amore at the Royal Swedish Opera, he recently returned to both Stockholm and Athens to reprise his signature role of Bartolo. As a frequent guest over the last ten years at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Ploumis began his collaboration there singing Figaro, Papageno and Colline. Subsequent productions have included the title role in Don Pasquale as well as Il Grand Inquisitore and Baron Zeta.

Damon Nestor Ploumis has also appeared as a guest at such houses as Theater Bremen, Stadttheater Münster, Salzburger Landestheater, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Theater Bielefeld and Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein.

Further roles performed include: Bartolo (Le Nozze di Figaro), Leporello, Don Alfonso, Capulet, King Melchior, Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), the title role in Pimpinone, Geronio (Il Turco in Italia), Gessler (Guillaume Tell), Andrea Cornaro in Donizetti's Caterina Cornaro, Falstaff (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Mephistopheles (Faust), Collatinus, Ramfis, Zaccaria, Kecal, Warlaam (Boris Godunow), Biterolf as well as the role of Wissen in the world premiere of The Speed of Light.

In addition to his singing schedule, Damon Nestor Ploumis is the founder and General Director of the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar summer program (www.lyricoperastudioweimar.com), now in its seventh season. Having had more than four hundred students from thirty-seven different countries under his tutelage, the program has established itself as one of the leading studios in Germany.

Having been engaged as a guest Director at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, this season sees Ploumis directing Aida in Beijing, as well as accepting invitations to give masterclasses in Chile and Brazil. He also sits on the judges' panel of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas in Chile.

Damon Nestor Ploumis was educated at Eton College, the Universitiy of Cambridge (History), Athens University, the École Biblique Française in Jerusalem (Theology), and the University of East Anglia (Law).

Having received a scholarship from the European Community to study under baritone Costas Pascalis in Athens, Ploumis completed his formal vocal studies in the United States, graduating from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied with Louis Quilico, and was also a participant in the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera.

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REPERTOIRE

Role Opera Organisation Dates
Tevje Anatevka Theater Regensburg

2014

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater

2013

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landestheater Linz

2012-2013

Bartolo Il Barbiere di Siviglia Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

2012-2013

Bartolo Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Lismore Music Festival

2012

Dulcamara

L'elisir d'amore

Theater Chemnitz

2012

Bartolo Il Barbiere di Siviglia Theater Kiel

2012

Marquis de la Force Les Dialogues des Carmélites Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

2011-2012

Baron Zeta Die lustige Witwe Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

2011-2012

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Landestheater Niederbayern

2011

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Greek National Opera

2011

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Theater Regensburg

2011

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

2010-2011

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Alden Biesen Festival

2010

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Theater Bremen

2010

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landesbühnen Sachsen

2010

Geronzio

Der Menschenfeind

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

2009-2010

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Theater Hof

2009

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Royal Swedish Opera

2009

Gallwurm

Die Grille

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

2009

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Theater Bremen

2009

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

2008-2009

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Salzburger Landestheater

2008-2009

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landesbühnen Sachsen

2008-2009

Stage Director

Così fan tutte

Academy of Vocal Arts

2008

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Theater Bremen

2007

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Finnish National Opera

2007

Dulcamara

L'elisir d'amore

Finnish National Opera

2007

Ramfis

Aida

Opera Thessaloniki

2007

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Festival de la Vezere

2007

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Stadttheater Gießen

2007

Dulcamara

L'elisir d'amore

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater

2007

Don Profondo

Il Viaggio a Reims

Finnish National Opera

2006

Pooh Bah

Mikado

Okanagan Arts Festival

2006

Bartolo

Le Nozze di Figaro

Okanagan Arts Festival

2006

Zaccaria

Nabucco

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

2006

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Lord Mayor of London Charity Trust

2006

Don Profondo

Il Viaggio a Reims

Theater Bielefeld

2005-2006

Dulcamara

L'Elisir d'amore

Volkstheater Rostock

2005-2006

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Finnish National Opera

2005

Mephistopheles

Faust

Shaker Mountain Festival

2005

Wissen

The Speed of Light

Bebelplatz, Berlin

2005

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PRESS

Bass Baritone Damon Nestor Ploumis, for whom Fo wrote a sharp new text, sang with strength and style. As one of the outstanding voices of the evening, one was reminded of the star baritones of the past. Ploumis was also one of the most charismatic in his portrayal.
-Etalan Sanomat 19. February 2003

Don Profondo’s pattersong was dispatched with stunning adroitness by Damon Nestor Ploumis.
-Financial Times 23. February 2003

Damon Nestor Ploumis was a menacing Mephisto that matched well with Monica Groop. His fine bass rang with metal but with a supreme ease. He has a big future before him.
Etalan Sanomat 28. October 2001

Damon Nestor Ploumis as the beggar monk Varlaam plunged into his role and was the only performer who received applause before he even finished the scene.
Die Welt 22. December 2001

Dominating the proceedings, as Mephistopheles should, Damon Nestor Ploumis brings a rich, powerful bass voice and a deliciously smarmy bearing to one of the lyric theatre’s great villains. Displaying superb agility and elegance in movement and conveying ruthlessness he reigns over virtually every other being and object on the stage.
The Berkshire Eagle 08. April 2004

The favourite of the audience, however, was Damon Nestor Ploumis whose Don Magnifico had a physical comedy bordering on the slapstick without ever going over the top. The supple spark of the higher tones was complemented by the thunderous bass and brilliant comic abandon.
Münsterische Zeitung April 2004

Damon Nestor Ploumis is dynamic and hysterical as Dulcamara!
Sydsvenska Dagbladet

Bassobaritoni Damon Nestor Ploumis oli saanut aariaansa Folta uudet terävät sanatja esitti ne vakuuttavan temperamenttisesti ja autoritaarisesti. Äänessä oli parhaimmillaan suurten lavojen sointa ja väriä, muistoja meneiden vuosikzmmenten tähtibaritoneista. Ploumis oli illan kaismaattisimpia esiintyjiä.
Etalan Sanomat 19. February 2003

Damon Nestor Ploumis is a prime example of a vivacious southern European with a powerful voice and impressive stagecraft. His Don Magnifico is however not just a simple comic character, as in many stagings, but possesses to some degree an almost tragic element.
Online Music Magazine April 2004

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2013-2014
March-June 2014: Anatevka – Tevje (Theater Regensburg)
January-May 2013: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Bartolo (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater)


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2012-2013
December 2012-May 2013: Don Pasquale – Don Pasquale (Landestheater Linz)
November 2012-May 2013: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Bartolo (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck)


2011-2012
June 2012: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Bartolo (Lismore Music Festival)

May 2012: L'elisir d'amore – Dulcamara (Theater Chemnitz)

April 2011-July 2012: Die Lustige Witwe – Baron Zeta (Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar)
March 2011: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Bartolo (Theater Kiel)
November-January: Les Dialogues des Carmélites – Marquis de la Force (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck)
November 2011: La Cenerentola – Don Magnifico (Landestheater Niederbayern)


2010-2011
June 2011: Les Dialogues des Carmélites - Marquis de la Force (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck)
April 2011: Die Lustige Witwe - Baron Zeta (Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar)
March 2011: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Bartolo (Theater Regensburg)
January- February 2011: Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Bartolo - (Greek National Opera)
December 2010: La Cenerentola - Don Magnifico - (Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck)


2009-2010
May- June 2010: Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Bartolo (Alden Biesen Festival)
April-May 2010: La Cenerentola – Don Magnifico(Theater Bremen)
March 2010: Don Pasquale – Don Pasquale (Landesbühnen Sachsen)
December 2009: Don Pasquale – Don Pasquale (Theater Hof)
November- April: Der Menschenfeind – Geronzio (Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar)
October 2009: Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Bartolo (Royal Swedish Opera) 
September-January: Die Grille – Gallwurm (Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar)


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YouTube
 Aria di Don Profondo from Viaggio a Reims (Rossini)
Finnish National Opera





Dulcamara  Stunt

Video


DVD:
Rossini, Gioacchino
Il viaggio a Reims ossia L’Albergo del Giglio d’oro -
Ritva-Liisa Korhonen (Madame Cortese) – Corinna Mologni (Contessa Folleville) – Mario Zeffiri (Conte Libenskof) – Anna-Kristiina Kaappola (Corinna) – Lilli Paasikivi (Marchesa Melibea) – Gert Hennig-Jensen (Cavalier Belfiore) - Hannu Forsberg (Lord Sidney) – Damon Nestor Ploumis (Don Profondo) – Juha Kotilainen (Barone Trombonok) – Petteri Salomaa (Don Alvaro) – Tiina Vahevaara (Delia) – Jaakko Hietikko (Don Prudenzio) – Minna Kesäläinen (Maddalena) – Hannele Aulasvuo (Modestina) – Marko Puustinen (Antonio) – Juha Moisio (Zeferino) – Jussi Miilunpalo (Gelsomino) - Dir: Maurizio Barbacini / Reg+Bü+Ko: Dario Fo - Helsinki Opera House 29.1.2003 - Stereo

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Lyric Opera Studio Weimar

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar
Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

 




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