Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of
the day. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses, including the
Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House in
Covent Garden, Opéra national de Paris, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival,
Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid, and Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels. His many
roles include the title roles in Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Il barbiere
di Siviglia, and Hamlet; Guglielmo in Così fan
tutte, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in The Rape
of Lucretia, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L'elisir
d'amore, and Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea.
A noted supporter of new works, Mr. Gunn recently created the role of Paul in the
world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia at Seattle Opera. He also created the
roles of Alec Harvey in André Previn's Brief Encounter at Houston Grand
Opera, Father Delura in Peter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons at the
Glyndebourne Festival, and Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker's An American
Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera. He was recently named director of the American
Repertoire Council at the Opera Company of Philadelphia, a steering council focused on
advancing the company's American Repertoire Program that is committed to producing a new
American work in 10 consecutive seasons.
Also a distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn has appeared with the New York and
Rotterdam philharmonic orchestras; the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh,
Cleveland, Minnesota, and London symphony orchestras; and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester.
He has worked with conductors Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph
Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Antonio
Pappano, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson
Thomas, and Mark Wigglesworth.
Mr. Gunn's solo album Just Before Sunrise was released on Sony / BMG
Masterworks. Other recordings include the title role in
Billy Budd with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra (Virgin
Classics), which won the 2010 Grammy Award; the first complete recording of Rodgers and
Hammerstein's Allegro (Masterworks Broadway); and Peter
Grimes with Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!), which was
nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award.
Mr. Gunn was the recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, and was awarded
the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera
Lindemann Young Artists Development Program and was the winner of the 1994 Metropolitan
Opera National Council Competition. Mr. Gunn is also an alumnus of the University of
Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he is currently a professor of voice.