Olivier Nilles

All prize winners
First Prize
Nationality: Luxembourgish
Instrument: Voice
Date of birth 2001/02/11
Promoted by EMCY, Discover Music Tour 2023

The lyric baritone Olivier Nilles, originally from Luxembourg, is currently studying with Prof. Marion Eckstein at the Staatliche University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. Already at the age of 6 he began his musical education at the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg.

Born in 2001 into a family of musicians who have been influenced by singing for generations, in 2020, after passing his abitur, he began his regular studies for the Bachelor of Music in singing as his main subject. Further, Olivier Nilles received training from Robert Baerwald, OlgaWien, Götz Payer (Lied) and Peter Kranefoed (Early Music). He intensified his vocal training with master classes with Patricia Petibon, James Bailleu, MalcomWalker and Catherine Motuz.

Already at the beginning of his career Olivier Nilles can look back on numerous first prizes and special awards. Thus the young baritonewon the first prize Thomas Kuti in 2022, was awarded the Gold Medal, the EMCY Prize and the prize for Best Soloist of the entire competition at the Concours Luxembourgeois pour Jeunes Solistes & European Competition for Young Soloists.

Besides numerous concerts in Luxembourg, Stuttgart and the surrounding area, the young baritone is already performing on other international stages. Concert tours have taken him as a soloist with the boys’ choir “Pueri Cantores Luxembourg” through North America (San Francisco), Asia (Seoul) and Europe. In the 2021/2022 season Olivier Nilles was cast as Prince Björn in the world premiere of the opera ,,The Heartless Giant” under thebaton of David Niemann at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. On the same stage he made his debut in the 2016/2017 season as Magnus’ brother in Sir Peter Maxweel Davies’ children’s opera “The Hogboon” under the baton of Karina Canellakis. In addition to his operatic activities, he is increasingly devoting himself to the concert and repertoire with, among others, J. S. Bach’s St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Cantatas, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, G. F. Handel’s Messiah, masses by W. A. Mozart, and songs by F. Schubert, R. Schumann and H. Pfitzner.

If you are interested in working with Olivier, please get in touch with the EMCY Office.


With Piano

A. Adam, Minuit, chrétiens
L. Van Beethoven, Sechs Lieder von Gellert, op. 48
J. Brahms, O’ wüsst ich doch den Weg zurück, op. 63 Nr. 8
J. Brahms, Auf dem See, op. 106 Nr. 2
B. Britten, I will give my love an apple
B. Britten, Sailor-boy
S. De Brossard, O Plenus Irarum dies
F. Busoni, Fünf Goethe-Lieder
A. Copland, At the river
C. Debussy, Beau soir
H. Duparc, Chanson triste
H. Duparc, L’ Invitation au Voyage
G. Fauré, Après un rêve
G. Fauré, En prière
G. Fauré, Les berceaux
G. Fauré, Les roses d’Ispahan
G. Giordani, Caro mio ben
J. Haydn, Sailors Song
E.W. Korngold, Einfache Lieder, op. 9
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Andres Maienlied (Hexenlied)
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Auf Flügeln des Gesanges
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Frühlingslied (I) and (II)
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Neue Liebe
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Sonntagslied
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Suleika
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Das Waldschloss
H. Purcell, Hark! The ech’ing Air
J.G. Rheinberger, Sechs religiöse Gesänge, op. 157
C.F.D. Schubart, Die Forelle
F. Schubert, D 123 Sehnsucht
F. Schubert, D 224 Wandrers Nachtlied I
F. Schubert, D 328 Erlkönig
F. Schubert, D 343 Am Tage Aller Seelen
F. Schubert, D 478 Gesänge des Harfners
F. Schubert, D 489 Der Wanderer
F. Schubert, D 524 Der Alpenjäger
F. Schubert, D 768 Wandrers Nachtlied II
F. Schubert, D 774 Auf dem Wasser zu singen
F. Schubert, D 785 Der zürnende Barde
F. Schubert, D 911 Winterreise
F. Schubert, D 957 Ständchen
R. Schumann, Frühlingsfahrt
R. Schumann, Dichterliebe
R. Schumann, Lieder und Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister
R. Strauss, Heimliche Aufforderung
G. Verdi, In solitaria stanza
G. Verdi, Non t’accostare all’urna
H. Wolf, Anakreons Grab

Chamber music

S. Barber, Dover Beach, op. 3
C. Debussy, Beau soir
H. Duparc, L’ Invitation au Voyage
C. Monteverdi, Ego dormio
H. Purcell, Wondrous Machine
H. Schütz, Kleine Geistliche Konzerte I.
H. Schütz, Symphoniae Sacrae II., Nr. 22
L. Spohr, Erlkönig
G.P. Telemann, Moralische Kantaten, Das Glück

With orchestra

A. Adam Minuit, chrétiens
J.S. Bach, BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden
J.S. Bach, BWV 32 Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen
J.S. Bach, BWV 36 Schwingt freudig euch empor
J.S. Bach, BWV 49 Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen
J.S. Bach, BWV 56 Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen
J.S. Bach, BWV 58 Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid
J.S. Bach, BWV 82 Ich habe genung
J.S. Bach, BWV 152 Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn
J.S. Bach, BWV 158 Der Friede sei mit dir
J.S. Bach, BWV 232 Messe in h-moll
J.S. Bach, BWV 244 Matthäus Passion
J.S. Bach, BWV 245 Johannes Passion
J.S. Bach, BWV 248 Weihnachtsoratorium
J.S. Bach, BWV 249 Osteroratorium
G. Fauré, Missa, c-Moll KV 427 “Große Messe”
G. Fauré, Requiem
J. Haydn, Die Jahreszeiten
J. M. Haydn, Missa in honorem Sancta Ursulae (Chiemseemesse)
G.F. Händel, Messiah HWV 56
G.A. Homilius, Auf, Auf, ihr Herzen, seid bereit
F. Mendelssohn, Bartholdy Paulus op.36
F. Mendelssohn, Elias op. 70
F. Mendelssohn, Magnificat in D
W.A. Mozart, Requiem
M. Ravel, Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
C. Saint-Saëns, Messe de Requiem
G.P. Telemann, Der Schulmeister


E.W. Korngold, Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen – Die tote Stadt
W.A. Mozart, Papageno – Zauberflöte
G.P. Telemann, Guarda guarda un poco – Pimpinone
R. Wagner, O du mein holder Abendstern – Tannhäuser

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