From: South Bend, Indiana. LA Opera: Belcore in The Elixir of Love (2009, debut); Figaro in The Barber of Seville (2009); soloist in The Hubble Cantata (2017). He will return in In Our Daughter's Eyes (2022).
Nathan Gunn has made a reputation as one of the most exciting and versatile baritones performing today. He 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 Covent Garden, Paris Opera and Bavarian State Opera.
Also a distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn appears regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra, and has been presented in recitals in new York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Toronto, London and Brussels.
His growing discography includes Billy Budd (Virgin Classics) which won the 2010 Grammy Award, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Allegro (Sony Masterworks Broadway), The Barber of Seville (Sony Classics) and his solo albums Just Before Sunrise (Sony/BMG Masterworks) and American Anthem (EMI). He also starred in the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcasts of The Magic Flute and The Merry Widow.
Mr. Gunn 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.
He is the director of the American Repertoire Council at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and is also a professor of voice at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and general director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.