About Nikolas Sean-Paul Nackley





Music and DanceCollege of Liberal and Creative Arts


At SF State Since:

August, 2014


Baritone and educator, Nikolas Nackley, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe for his ability to “continually impress with his beautiful voice and acting.” Equally regarded for his concert and dramatic work, Mr. Nackley’s career has spanned the American, European, and Asian continents and he has been featured in such venues as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Los Angeles’s Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Davies Symphony Hall. 

Mr. Nackley is especially in demand for his interpretations of baroque and contemporary music as well as art song and lieder. He has worked as a principle artist with orchestras and opera companies including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, The Carmel Bach Festival, The Boulder Bach Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Festival Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Roger Norrington, Joana Carneiro, Bruno Weil, Craig Smith, Harry Christophers, John Harbison, and Pablo Heras Casado.

Nikolas recently made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut singing the role of Joe Pitt in the West Coast premiere of Peter Eötvos’s opera, “Angels in America.” Other recent engagements include the world premier of Stacy Garrop’s oratorio, “Terra Nostra”, Bach’s Magnificat with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Adonis in “Venus and Adonis” with Marin Baroque, Beethoven’s 9th and Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte” at Hertz Hall in Berkeley, and a recital series in Newcastle, England. This past season also marked his professional counter-tenor debut when he performed Handel and Scarlatti duet cantatas with Marin Baroque.  He will make his West Edge Opera debut this summer singing the title role in Monteverdi's "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria". 

Nikolas is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has taught private voice, diction, and opera workshop for the past 15 years at colleges and institutions including the North Shore Conservatory of Music, Endicott College, The Westwood Prodigy Program, and the Piedmont Unified School District. In addition to his work as a visiting lecturer in voice, opera, and lyric diction at SFSU's School of Music, he is also a voice faculty member at Santa Clara University and  serves as the Director of Outreach and Education for Livermore Valley Opera.