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Washington National Opera presents
Nathan Gunn in Concert
Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 4 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House
Acclaimed American baritone will present a diverse program of opera arias and popular favorites
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Washington National Opera (WNO) presents American baritone Nathan Gunn in concert as part of its Celebrity Series on Sunday, September 23 at 4 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Accompanied by the WNO Orchestra under the baton of Tony Award® winner Ted Sperling, Gunn will perform selections from operas by Mozart, Rossini, and Bizet, plus songs by Sondheim and other Broadway composers. American tenor William Burden will join him for a few duets. All three artists will make their WNO debuts with this performance.
Nathan Gunn is the rare singer equally at home on both the classical and musical theater stages. In opera, his repertoire includes the title roles in Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Hamlet; Guglielmo in Così fan tutte; the Count in Le nozze di Figaro; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte; Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucetia; Malatesta in Don Pasquale; Belcore in L’elisir d’amore; and Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea.
A noted supporter of new works, he most recently created the role of Paul in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia at Seattle Opera. He also created the roles of Alec Harvey in André Previn’s Brief Encounter at Houston Grand Opera, Father Delura in Péter Eötvös’ Love and Other Demons at the Glyndebourne Festival, and Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera. In the summer of 2013 he returns to San Francisco Opera for the premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and in the summer of 2015 he will return to Santa Fe Opera for the premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain.
He has recently ventured outside the standard opera repertoire with appearances in Show Boat at Lyric Opera of Chicago and concert versions of Camelot with the New York Philharmonic and Show Boat with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, both at Carnegie Hall. He also appeared in New York Philharmonic’s Sondheim: The Birthday Concert and appeared with the orchestra in an evening of Broadway classics with Kelli O’Hara. He has also performed a series of cabaret shows at Café Carlyle in New York. His solo album Just Before Sunrise, a collection of introspective and romantic songs by the likes of Sting, Tom Waits, and Billy Joel, was released on Sony/BMG Masterworks in 2010.
He was the recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera. He is an alumnus of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and was a winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is also an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is currently a professor of voice.
Conductor Ted Sperling won a Tony Award® for his orchestrations for The Light in the Piazza in 2005 and was music director of the smash Tony-Award®-winning revival of South Pacific in 2008, both for Lincoln Center Theater. He is also a longtime collaborator with Broadway leading ladies Audra McDonald, Victoria Clark, Patti LuPone, and Deborah Voigt.
Tenor William Burden appeared in two world premieres last season: Christopher Theonidis’ Heart of a Soldier at San Francisco Opera and Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night at Minnesota Opera. He also created the roles of Gilbert Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera and Dodge in Daron Hagen’s Amelia at Seattle Opera, both with Nathan Gunn. This summer he sings the role of the Shepherd in King Roger at Santa Fe Opera, and next season returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the new production of Thomas Adès’ The Tempest.
The September 23 concert is the first of WNO’s 2012-2013 season’s Celebrity Series performances. On Monday, April 8, 2013, WNO presents acclaimed German soprano Diana Damrau in her WNO debut, accompanied by the WNO Orchestra conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.