Baritone Nicholas J. Ward returns to Florida Grand Opera this season for a second year in the company’s Young Artist Program. Last season on the FGO stage, he was seen as Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, while study-covering the roles of Figaro in Barber and Tadeusz in The Passenger. In the summer of 2016, he sang the role of Pish-Tush in The Mikado with Union Avenue Opera, and debuted in two new works at Thompson Street Opera in Louisville, KY. Previously, he was a member of the young artist program at Central City Opera for three seasons, where his roles included the Elder Son in Britten’s The Prodigal Son, Marchese D’Obigny in La traviata, and the Trio Baritone in Trouble in Tahiti. He has also participated in the young artist programs of Toledo Opera, Opera Saratoga, and the Seagle Music Colony. Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and is a district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. This season at FGO, he appears as Moralès in Carmen and Silvano in A Masked Ball, while study-covering Le Dancaïre in Carmen and A Captain in Eugene Onegin.