The Kennedy Center

Nathan Gunn


This season, baritone Nathan Gunn returned to the Metropolitan Opera in The Magic Flute, appeared in concert with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and presented recitals in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Kalamazoo, and Thomasville, as well as at Vanderbilt and Notre Dame universities. He also performed Paola Prestini’s The Hubble Cantata at the Ford Theater in Los Angeles, appeared in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Bernstein celebration, and premiered his one-man show, Flying Solo, at the Laguna Playhouse and the San Diego Repertory Theater. Next season he returns to the Metropolitan Opera for The Magic Flute and makes his debut at the English National Opera in The Merry Widow.
Gunn has sung leading lyric baritone roles and appeared in several world premieres in many of the most renowned opera houses of the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, and Bayerische Staatsoper. Also a distinguished concert performer, Gunn has appeared regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also presented recitals in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, London, and Brussels.
Gunn has recently ventured outside the standard opera repertoire with performances of the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Houston Grand Opera, Camelot and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (both broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances), and Showboat at Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Gunn’s recording of Billy Budd with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra (Virgin Classics), won the 2010 Grammy Award. Other recordings include his solo album Just Before Sunrise (Sony/BMG Masterworks), Rogers & Hammerstein’s Allegro (Sony Masterworks Broadway), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (SONY Classics), and his debut album, American Anthem (EMI). He also starred in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of The Magic Flute and The Merry Widow.
Gunn is currently the Director of the American Repertoire Council at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. He is also a professor of voice at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and is General Director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.
May 2018