Pianist, composer and lecturer Nicolas Reveles is a San Diego County native. He holds a BA in Music from the University of San Diego, an MA in Choral Conducting from the University of Redlands and a Doctorate in Piano Performance (DMA) from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Gary Graffman.
In 1993 he began a five year relationship with the White Oak Dance Project as pianist for their chamber ensemble providing integral musical accompaniment for the performances of Mikhail Baryshnikov and his company. In this capacity the pianist appeared throughout the United States, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. During these tours he performed at La Scala in Milan, the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Coliseum in London and at the National Theatre in Prague in a solo capacity with Baryshnikov in the presence of Vaclav Havel, the president of the Czech Republic. He also accompanied Baryshnikov in a performance at the 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C. Reveles has also performed with such notable musicians as cellist Milos Sadlo and singers Carol Neblett, Vivica Genaux, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Silvia Tro Santafé, Ailyn Perez, Stephen Costello, Latonia Moore, Jill Grove, Priti Gandhi, Lise Lindstrom, Brian Asawa, Danielle DeNiese and Patricia Racette.
Dr. Reveles is currently the Director of Education and Community Engagement for San Diego Opera. His relationship with the opera goes back to 1978 when he began offering occasional lectures concerning the annual opera season. Since 1990 he has been the regular opera preview lecturer, offering over 60 presentations during each season. He is currently the host of OperaTalk on UCSD-TV and recently won First Place in Community Service and Public Affairs Programming from the San Diego Press Club. He has composed three operas, two in collaboration with librettist J. Sherwood Montgomery: an operatic setting of The Sleeping Beauty which toured schools and theatre venues in a production by the San Diego Opera Ensemble beginning in the Fall of 2005 and Rumpelstiltskin, which toured with the Ensemble beginning the Fall of 2007. Rumpelstiltskin was also produced by Lyric Opera San Diego in 2009. His third opera Sextet was produced by Diversionary Theatre in October, 2010.
Besides opera and classical music, his great passions are cycling and native California plants. In the summer of 2013 he competed at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio in the 5K and 10K time trials placing in the top third of his age category in both events. His garden, El Jardín de Márta, was featured in the first garden tour of the California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter in 2012.