Baritone 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, Paris Opera, and Bayerische Staatsoper. Also a distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn has appeared 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 discography includes Billy Budd (Virgin Classics) which won the 2010 Grammy Award, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (SONY Classics), Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro (Sony Masterworks Broadway), Bernstein’s Wonderful Town (LSO Live) 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 has also 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), Showboat at Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Wonderful Town with the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Gunn is a professor of voice at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and General Director of the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.
Nathan Gunn was Guest Faculty at the 2018 Schmidt Vocal Institute.