Nathan Gunn


Nathan Gunn Photo credit: Sandra Powers

Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. This season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera in The Magic Flute, appears in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra, and presents recital in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Kalamazoo, and Thomasville, and at Vanderbilt and Notre Dame universities. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. A supporter of new works, he most recently created the role of Inman in Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain at the Santa Fe Opera. Also a distinguished concert performer, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchster, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. His 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, and the first complete recording of Rogers & Hammerstein's Allegro (Sony's Masterworks Broadway). He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he is currently a professor and the general director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.