Praised by the Washington Post as having a voice of “unearthly power,” the Houston Press as being a “blow away singer,” and the San Jose Mercury News as a “natural comic actor;” American bass-baritone Nathan Stark has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and China. In the 2017-18 season, Mr. Stark debuts with Boston Baroque as Rocco in Fidelio, Opera Orlando as Colline in La bohème, Opera Santa Barbara as Basilio in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Opera San Antonio as Banco in Macbeth. He sings the Judge in Ruo Huang’s An American Soldier with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the King in the English-language premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella with Opera San José. Concert engagements include soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with Dayton Opera, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Greenville Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in the 2018-19 season include Pasha Selim in The Abduction from the Seraglio with Opera San Jose, General Audebert in Kevin Puts’ Silent Night with Arizona Opera, and soloist in Messiah with Boston Baroque.
Mr. Stark’s engagements in the 2016-17 season included performing Colline with Hawaii Opera Theatre and Cincinnati Opera, Rocco in Fidelio with Houston Symphony, King Marke in Tristan und Isolde for his Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra debut, Escamillo in Carmen with Dayton Opera, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera, and General Audebert in Puts’ Silent Night with Opera San José. His concert engagements included singing Defiant Requiem for his Chicago Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony Orchestra debuts, Missa solemnis with Pacific Chorale and University Musical Society, and Verdi’s Requiem with Canton Symphony Orchestra and New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2015-16 season, Mr. Stark debuted with Tulsa Opera as Colline, Hawaii Opera Theatre as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and with Fort Worth Opera in a reprisal of The Gravedigger in Buried Alive and Montressor in Embedded. He made returns to Cincinnati Opera as Rocco, Bard Music Festival as Emperor Altoum in Busoni’s Turandot, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem under Robert Spano, and OperaArts as featured soloist in their Festival of Opera & Art.
Mr. Stark has performed with opera houses throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, Atlanta Opera, Virginia Opera, and Arizona Opera, to name a few. Some of his noted operatic roles included Mustafà in L’Italiana in Algeri, Don Basilio and Don Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Leporello and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Zuniga in Carmen, and Cardinal Barberini in Glass’ Galileo Galilei. Equally comfortable on concert stage, he has performed with Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, and Modesto Symphony Orchestra.
In 2005, Nathan Stark was featured soloist in the nationally televised opening ceremony of the Air Force One exhibit for The Honorable George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan, and members of the United States Senate and Congress. He has performed at the Great Wall of China, the U.S. Colombian Embassy, U.S. French Embassy, U.S. Austrian Embassy, and the Washington National Cathedral.
Mr. Stark is prizewinner of several awards, including Fort Worth’s McCammon Voice Competition, Opera Columbus’ Cooper-Bing Vocal Competition, Brentwood Artist of Tomorrow Competition, Sun Valley Opera Competition, Westwood Vocal Competition, Burbank Aria Competition, Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition, Pasadena Opera Guild Competition, and the Opera Buffs Competition. He is first place winner of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Corbett Scholarship Opera Competition, the Classical Singers Association Vocal Competition in Los Angeles, and was district winner of the 2006 Metropolitan Opera Vocal Competition, San Diego District.
He holds degrees in vocal & opera performance from California State University, Long Beach (B.M. & M.M.), and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (A.D.). His voice teachers have included Dr. Lewis Woodward, Dr. Cherrie Llewellyn, Ms. Shigemi Matsumoto, Ms. Marilyn Horne, and Mr. Kenneth Shaw.”
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