Nathan Munson is emerging as a talented young tenor with diverse capabilities. He has rapidly become in demand as a recitalist, concert, and operatic singer. ?In 2009, Munson’s year began with a world premiere performance of Dr. Baglioni in a revised version of Daniel Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini under Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana, Illinois), followed by receiving the first ever Jerry Hadley Memorial Award from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Munson also made his debut with Opera North as Le Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Maestro Louis Burkot. A busy 2010 began with an appearance in the finals of the National Opera Association Competition (Artist Division), as tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Opera North Orchestra and Dartmouth College Glee Club under Maestro Burkot, followed by staged performances as Valére in Mechem’s Tartuffe (“Nathan Munson… sang an appealing Valère, with an Italianate gleam in his tone.” – Pierre Ruhe, artscriticatl.com, September 14, 2010). Munson sang La bohème in October, covering the role of Rodolfo for the Atlanta Opera. This season also held performances of Bach’s Magnificat with the Cobb Symphony Orchestra, a Christmas concert with the Atlanta Opera, and tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Michael O’Neal Singers. In early 2011, Mr. Munson toured an abridged, English version of La bohème with the Atlanta Opera in January, was soloist in Bach’s B-minor Mass with the Atlanta Sacred Chorale in February, and Mozart’s Requiem in March with the Peachtree Presbyterian Church. He performed the role of Normanno in the Atlanta Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor, sang for the company’s Opera Ball, its season preview concert, “Opera with an Edge”, and a Holiday Concert with the same in December. In March of 2012, Munson returned to the Atlanta Opera as the Camera Man in Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket. In April, he sang Uriel in Haydn’s The Creation and a recital at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Most recently, Mr. Munson was the tenor soloist for the 50th Anniversary Opening Concert of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra in Cookeville, Tennessee, and Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Augusta Choral Society. Other recent engagements included a reprise performance of the Holiday Concert with the Atlanta Opera, Handel’s Messiah in Southern Pines, North Carolina, a recital and master class as a guest artist for the 100th anniversary of Western Michigan University in March of 2013, and a recital of works at the Cumming FUMC Arts Festival, in Cumming, Georgia. Last December, Mr Munson sang Handel’s Messiah and appeared as a featured soloist along with Sylvia McNair in the gala concert “Nicholas Bowden and Friends”. In 2014, he has performed Bastien in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne and Alberto in Rodriguez’s La Curandera in a double bill of one-act operas for Opera Piccola San Antonio, as well as Beppe (I pagliacci) and the Roasting Swan (Carmina Burana) for Hawaii Opera Theatre. This season, the tenor made his debut with Sarasota Opera as Beppe (Pagliacci) and with the Helena Symphony Orchestra (Soloist, Handel’s Messiah). Mr Munson returned to the Hawaii Opera Theatre in January to sing Der Steuermann in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. In April of 2015, he made his Carnegie Hall debut as the tenor soloist in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with Manhattan Concert Productions, under the baton of Maestro Thomas Bookhout. In 2016, he sang the role of Tom Snout in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Pedrillo in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and will reprise his solo in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the New Jersey and Connecticut Choral Societies under Maestro Eric Dale Knapp. Other operatic appearances include the roles of Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2006) and Laurie in Little Women (2007) with the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Mr. Munson sang Cassio in two concerts of Verdi’s Otello with the Kentucky Symphonic Orchestra (2004), fully staged performances of Ferrando (2007), Roméo (2008), Don Basilio (2005), the Snake (The Little Prince, 2004), Tobias (Sweeney Todd, 1999), Little Bat (Susannah, 1998), and Albert Herring (1996, at age 19). On the concert stage, he has been a featured soloist in concerts with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and University of Kentucky in the Stars of Tomorrow Opera Gala, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra under Yoshimi Takeda. With the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, he performed Bach’s Johannes Passion, G-minor Mass, and Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah and Alexander’s Feast, for which he was praised by the News-Gazette for having sung “with extraordinary clarity; every word rang clear.” (Champaign, Illinois, March 25, 2009)? ?Mr. Munson’s training includes a season as Young Artist with Opera North (Lebanon, New Hampshire, 2009), Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantanti Lirici (Urbania, Italy, 2006), a Master’s degree in Voice Performance from the University of Kentucky (2003), a Bachelor’s degree in Opera and Musical Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1999), the University of Miami in Salzburg summer vocal program (1999), and the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), in Graz, Austria (1996). Additionally, he has completed his coursework towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was awarded two University Fellowships, the Joseph Schlanger Award for Excellence in Opera, two Illinois Opera Theater Enthusiast Excellence Awards, and was the first ever recipient of the Jerry Hadley Memorial Award.
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