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Nathan Medley



Biography

Countertenor Nathan Medley has emerged in recent years as one of the leading younger-generation countertenors, with notable success internationally in concert and opera. He has sung at some of the major stages of the world including the English National Opera and Barbican Centre in London, La Salle Pleyel in Paris;  Palais de Musique, Strasbourg, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw,  The Lucerne Festival; Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Recent performances have brought him to the Boston Early Music Festival (Ottone in Monteverdi’s 'L'Incoronazione di Poppea), the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Opera Omaha, Pacific MusicWorks, Mercury Baroque, Seraphic Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Cincinnati Collegium, Miami Bach Society, and Dayton Bach Society.

He is a member of Echoing Air, an ensemble focused on music of the baroque and modern eras composed for countertenor.

Nathan Medley made his professional debut in 2012 in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonoic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which was recorded for Duetsche Grammophon. He returned to Los Angeles in 2013 for Peter Sellar’ staging of The Gospel According to the other Mary which toured to Switzerland and New York City, and again in 2015 under the baton of John Adams performing Olga Neuwirth’s staged song/play, Hommage á Klaus Nomi. He made his English National Opera debut in 2014 in Adams’ The Gospel According to the other Mary, also staged by Peter Sellars.

Other opera credits include Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina (Opera Omaha). Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Boston Early Music Festival), Athamus in Semele (Pacific MuisicWorks, Seattle), Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dema in Cavalli's L'Egisto, Le Peinture in Charpentier's Les Arts Florissants, Acteon in Charpentier's Acteon, and Ottone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, where critics in Cleveland praised him for an interpretation "sung with baroque perfection.”

In May 2016 he premiered a new song cycle by John Harbison for countertenor and gamba consort in Chicago with Second City Musick. The 2016-17 season will bring debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony (in St. Louis and at Carnegie Hall), London Symphony Orchestra, and return appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, and in 2017-18, his debut with the New York Philharmonic.
Nathan Medley