Baritone Nathan Gunn to perform
January 5, 2010
Baritone opera singer Nathan Gunn will perform Jan. 14 as part of Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series. Described as “velvet-voiced” by New York magazine, Gunn is one of the nation’s most in-demand opera singers. He will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel.
Richard Heard, associate professor of music at Wake Forest, will give a pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. in the Balcony Room of Wait Chapel.
Gunn originally planned to perform at Wake Forest one week later, but made a switch in his schedule when he was asked this fall by Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell to join him for a “musical soiree” that will be broadcast live from Lincoln Center Jan. 21 on PBS.
Gunn has earned critical praise for his many roles including the title roles in “Billy Budd” and “Hamlet,” Guglielmo in “Cosi fan tutte,” the Count in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” and Ottone in “L'incoronazione di Poppea.” Gunn created the role of Clyde Griffiths in the world premiere of “An American Tragedy,” a new opera by Tobias Picker at the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Paris Opera, and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.
He most recently appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as the comic bird-catcher Papageno in “The Magic Flute” (2007/08) and Mercutio in “Romeo et Juliette” (2008/09).
Gunn’s recent first solo album, “Just before Sunrise,” showcases his ability as a contemporary pop singer as well. He has also performed as a concert soloist with orchestras around the country. Gunn was the recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award, and was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he is a professor of voice in the school of music. His wife, Julie, professor of accompanying and mother of their five children, will be his piano collaborator for the Wake Forest performance.
Tickets are $22 general admission; $17 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; Tickets are available at the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for Wake Forest faculty, staff and students.
For ticket availability or more information contact the Box Office at (336) 758-5295 or the Secrest Office at (336) 758-5757. Gunn will also offer a master class for selected Wake Forest voice students at 11 a.m. Jan. 15 in Brendle Recital Hall. The public is invited to attend the class as members of the audience.
Ellen Sterner Sedeno