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"Besonders Damon Nestor Ploumis verlieh der Titelfigur deutlich sympatische Konturen und bewahrte stimmlich und darstellerisch...noch Noblesse und Grandeur."
 
 
- Sächsische Zeitung

 

 

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Biography



In sixteen productions as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, as well as numerous appearances in all of the core Rossini and Donizetti bass roles, Damon Nestor Ploumis has established a reputation as an imposing singing actor in the comic Bass repertoire.

 

With an affinity for the virtuosic music of Rossini, Mr. Ploumis’ Bartolo has been heard in Helsinki, Stockholm, Salzburg, Athens, New York and London, as well as in Belgium, Ireland and throughout Germany and Austria.  As Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, his appearances include the Finnish National Opera, Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck, Theater Bremen, Theater Bielefeld, Stadttheater Münster, Stadttheater Gießen and Landestheater Niederbayern. In addition to his singing Don Profondo in Il Viaggio a Reims in both Germany and Switzerland, he sang the role at the Finnish National Opera in the renowned production by Nobel prizewinner Dario Fo, which was broadcast live throughout Europe.

 

Appearing as a guest artist, Mr. Ploumis also specializes in the lyric bel canto repertoire of Donizetti, with roles including the title role in Don Pasquale, as well as Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’amore.  Singing Dulcamara in Jonathan Miller’s production at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, he has recently appeared as Don Pasquale at Landesbühnen Sachsen, Theater Hof, and the Festival del Vezere.

 

Equally at home in the music of Mozart, his performances include Figaro, Bartolo, Papageno, der Sprecher, Leporello and Don Alfonso in Cyprus, the USA, Canada and throughout Germany.  Further roles performed include Mephistopheles, in both Faust and La Damnation de Faust, Ramfis in Aida, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, and Marquis de la Force in Les Dialogues des Carmélites.

 

Last season saw Damon Nestor Ploumis singing at Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in his signature role of Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, in Landestheater Linz as Don Pasquale, as well as completing a successful concert tour throughout Mainland China. Highlights of his 2014-2015 season include his role debut as Tevje in Anatevka for Theater Regensburg, as well as his return to Ireland to sing Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola for the Lismore Music Festival. Having been engaged as a guest Director at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, this season sees Mr. Ploumis directing Aida in Beijing, Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor at Theater Rudolstadt, as well as being invited to give masterclasses in Chile and at the Curso Internacional de Verão de Brasília – Civebra in Brasil.  He also sits on the international jury of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas, and the China International Vocal Competition (Ningbo).

 

Damon Nestor Ploumis studied at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and is also an alumnus of the Merola Program at the San Francisco Opera. Following his time in San Francisco, he joined the International Opera Studio in Zürich, where he sang the role of Capulet in Roméo et Juliette on the mainstage, as well as the title role in Pimpinone, and Antonio in Les Brigands.  Beginning his career as a soloist at Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein, his roles included Falstaff in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, von Kottwitz in der Prinz von Homburg, Warlaam in Boris Godunow, and Gessler in Wilhelm Tell. Subsequently joining the ensemble at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, his appearances included the roles of Figaro, Papageno and Colline. As a guest artist in Weimar over the last ten years Mr. Ploumis has sung the title role in Don Pasquale, Baron Zeta in Die lustige Witwe as well as roles in several baroque and modern operas.

 

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 eighth season.  Having had more than five hundred students from 42 different countries under his tutelage, the program has established itself as one of the leading studios in Germany.

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Composer

Work

Roles

Ayres

Die Grille

Gallwurm

Berlioz

La Damnation de Faust

Mephistopheles

Bernstein

Trouble in Tahiti

Sam

Bock & Harnick

Anatevka

Tevje

Britten

Rape of Lucretia

Collatinus

Caldara

Der Menschenfeind

Geronzio

Donizetti

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

L’Elisir d’amore

Dulcamara

La Fille du Regiment

Hortensius

Galuppi

Il mondo alla roversa

Giacinto

Gilbert & Sullivan

Mikado

Pooh Bah

Gounod

Faust

Mephistopheles

Romeo et Juliette

Capulet

Henze

Prinz von Homburg

von Kottwitz

Léhar

Die lustige Witwe

Baron Zeta

Menotti

Amahl and the Night Visitors

King Melchior

Mozart

Così fan tutte

Don Alfonso

Die Zauberflöte

Papageno

Die Zauberflöte

Sprecher

Don Giovanni

Leporello

Le Nozze di Figaro

Figaro

Le Nozze di Figaro

Bartolo

Mussorgsky

Boris Godunow

Warlaam

Nicolai

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Falstaff

Offenbach

Les Brigands

Antonio

Poulenc

Les Dialogues des Carmélites

Marquis de la Force

Puccini

Il Trittico

Gianni Schicchi

La Bohème

Colline

La Bohème

Benoit / Alcindoro

Rossini

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Bartolo

Il Turco in Italia

Don Geronio

Il Viaggio a Reims

Don Profondo

La Cenerentola

Don Magnifico

Wilhelm Tell

Gessler

Smetana

Der verkaufte Braut

Kecal

Steinhäuser

The Speed of Light

Wissen

Telemann

Pimpinone

Pimpinone

Trojans

Was Ihr Wollt

Der Narr

Verdi

Aida

Ramfis

Don Carlos

Il Grand Inquisitore

Nabucco

Zaccaria

Wagner

Tannhäuser

Biterolf

Wargo

A Chekhov Trilogy

Dmitri / Sergei

 

 

ENGAGED BY

 

Alden Biesen Festival

Opera Company of Philadelphia

Avery Fisher Hall

Opera Holland Park

Basel Summer Festival

Opera Thessaloniki

Bebelplatz, Berlin

Royal Swedish Opera

Buffalo, New York

Salzburger Landestheater

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

Shaker Mountain Festival

Festival de la Vezere

Stadttheater  Gießen

Finnish National Opera

Stadttheater  Münster

Greek National Opera

Theater Bielefeld

Landesbühnen Sachsen

Theater Bremen

Landestheater   Schleswig-Holstein

Theater Chemnitz

Landestheater Linz

Theater Heidelberg

Landestheater Niederbayern

Theater Hof

Lismore Music Festival

Theater Lübeck

Lord Mayor of London Charity Trust

Theater Regensburg

National Opera of Cyprus

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

New Jersey Opera

Volkstheater  Rostock

New Opera of Geneva

Western Opera Theater

Okanagan Arts Festival

Zurich Opera

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater

Zurich Summer Festival

 

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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

 

Damon Nestor Ploumis liefert nicht nur optisch einen exzellenten Titelhelden, der sogar Schläge erdulden muss. Seinem geschmeidig fülligen Bass, Beispielsweise im köstlichen Vendetta-Duett war so amüsant fast zungenbrecherisch plappernd, wie eben nur auf Italienisch möglich.
-Drehpunktkultur

 

Bejubelt wird am Ende Damon Nestor Ploumis, dem der Tevje stimmlich wie schauspielerisch auf den stattlichen Leib geschneidert ist. Er füllt die Rolle ganz aus, zwischen Zornausbrüchen, die einer Naturgewalt gleichen, und lyrischen Passagen, in denen ein großes Herz spricht. Erstaunlich auch, wie behände und fast akrobatisch dieser baumstarke Kerl die temperamentvollen Choreografien umsetzt.
-Mittelbayerische Zeitung

 

All credit must, therefore, go to baritone Damon Nestor Ploumis (singing Don Bartolo in alternate performances), who almost single-handedly rescues the show.  With a strong voice and fabulous sense of comic timing, he energises every scene he's in and could make a corpse giggle - which is just as well, really."
-The Evening Standard

 

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

 

Unter den Solisten muss an erster Stelle Dulcamara genannt werden.  Locker im Spiel, kraftvoll und schön in der Stimme, dazu artistische Einlagen, die das Publikum zu spontanem Szenenapplaus hinrissen - Damon Nestor Ploumis werden wir hoffentlich einmal wieder auf der Bühne erleben.
-Rostock Blick

 

Wenn Damon Nestor Ploumis zum Abschlussapplaus auf die Bühne springt, findet eine Art Entfesselung statt.  Zweieinhalb Stunden hat dieser großartige Sänger hundert Prozent überzeugend einen alten Mann gespielt: schwerfällig, arthritisch, langsam, ab und an desorientiert und überfordert und am Ende gekränkt von einer Welt, deren Tempo und Begierden schon lange nicht mehr die Seinen sind.
-Ostthüringer Zeitung

 

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

 

Von den zahlreichen Bühnenakteuren bestach an diesem Premierenabend vor allem Damon Nestor Ploumis, der in der Hauptrolle des Milchmanns Tevje viel Gespür für die jiddische Mentalität und den jiddischen Humor entwickelte.
-Oberpfalznet.de

 

Dominating the proceedings, as Méphistopheles 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 onstage.
-The Berkshire Eagle

Il burbero Dottor Bartolo aveva il volto di Damon Nestor Ploumis, artista dall’incredibile presenza scenica, duttilità e talento comico, anch’egli avvezzo ai personaggi rossiniani.
-Central Palc

 

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

 

Ploumis made Bartolo, Almaviva's rival in love, an absolute riot, skipping and cavorting as he sang the most difficult music imaginable.
-The Buffalo News

 

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

 

Damon Nestor Ploumis ist kein Dummkopf als Bartolo, sondern ein eleganter Bariton.
-Salzburger Nachrichten

 

Doktor Bartolo (Damon Nestor Ploumis) geradezu ein Stuntman (beklatschter akrobatischer Sturz zu Boden mit Rolle!), wird nicht - wie leider zu oft - als Trottel dargestellt.  Mit markanter Stimme offenbart er unmissverständlich seinen Hochmut, seine  Selbstüberschätzung und seine Eitelkeit, bleibt aber dabei immer noch 'quasi eine Standesperson'.
-Der neue Merker

 

Damon Nestor Ploumis' lustvoller, leichtlebiger, selbstbewußter Don Profondo und Peteri Salomaas als Spanischer Admiral sind beide sowohl grossartige Charakterdarsteller und herausragende Sänger.
-Helsingan Sanomat

 

Damon Nestor Ploumis was a menacing Mephisto that matched well with Monica Groop. His fine bass rang with metal but with a supreme ease.
-Etalan Sanomat

 

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

 

 

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2014-2015

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Lismore Music Festival

Tevje

Anatevka

Theater Regensburg

Director

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Theater Rudolstadt

Juror & Guest Instructor

China International Vocal Competition

Ningbo, China

Guest Masterclasses

Curso Internacional de Verão de Brasília – Civebra

Brazil



2013

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Oldenburgisches Staatstheater

Juror &

Guest Instructor

Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas

Chile

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landestheater Linz

Director

Aida

Beijing

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

Director

Così fan tutte

Theater Rudolstadt



2012

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landestheater Linz

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Lismore Music Festival

Dulcamara

L’Elisir d’amore

Theater Chemnitz

Marquis de la Force

Les Dialogues des Carmélites

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

Baron Zeta

Die lustige Witwe

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar



2011

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Landestheater Niederbayern

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Greek National Opera

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Theater Regensburg

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

Marquis de la Force

Les Dialogues des Carmélites

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

Baron Zeta

Die lustige Witwe

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

 


2010

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Alden Biesen Festival

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Theater Bremen

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landesbühnen Sachsen

Geronzio

Der Menschenfeind

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

 


2009

Geronzio

Der Menschenfeind

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Theater Hof

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Royal Swedish Opera

Gallwurm

Die Grille

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

Don Magnifico

La Cenerentola

Theater Bremen

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar

Bartolo

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Salzburger Landestheater

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Landesbühnen Sachsen

 


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