Nathan Stark
                                             
Bass
 
          

"Stark is the stand-out comic performer in the piece. His buffoonish Mustafa growls and whines, blusters and gapes, while engaging in a barrage of physical schtick that words cannot capture. Among a weaker cast, he would easily steal the sh
ow, but his costars give him a run for his money."
- Metroactive Arts, November 18th, 2014.
(l'Italiana in Algeri)



"Stark’s acting chops absolutely made this performance."
 - The Stark Insider, November 18th, 2014.
(l'Italiana in Algeri)



"Much of the remaining laughter was generated by bass Nathan Stark, who plays the Mustafà with a stout voice and an impressive package of comic skills: pratfalls, dance moves, striptease, hisses, gasps, barks, and a series of rubberized facial expressions that make one suspect that he is, in fact, a cartoon character."
- Operaville, November 18th, 2014
. (l'Italiana in Algeri)



"Stark proved that his characterization and comedic skills are on a par with his impressive voice."
- Peninsula Review, November 19th, 2014.
(l'Italiana in Algeri)


"In particular, there is one blow-you-away performance, by bass Nathan Stark, singing the role of Mustafa, the Bey of Algiers. At Sunday's performance -- the second of six, through Nov. 30 -- his stentorian voice was impressive, for sure. But more than that, Stark, also debuting with the company, is a natural comic actor with a memorably plastic face that puts his characterization of this wildly rich, lecherous, spoiled and foolhardy ruler over the top."
 - San Jose Mercury News, November 17, 2014.
(l'Italiana in Algeri)



"The other blow-away singer is bass Nathan Stark, as thug Sparafucile. The role is short, but meaningful, and Stark's cistern-deep voice is chilling with menace and evil life force. Never once do you doubt that this hired assassin is the real thing.(I missed his first appearance at OH during the 2011 season when he sang the conflicted Philip in Verdi's masterpiece Don Carlo - that's the trouble with double casting - but I'm honored to have heard him now.)"
- Houston Press, September 29th, 2014 (Rigoletto)



"Bass Nathan Stark cut a chilling figure as the assassin Sparafucile, not only because of his voice's ominous black sound, but also because of the cold-bloodedness conveyed in his face: the pride as he discussed his skill with a knife, the fake courtliness as he greeted a victim, and the stoniness as he demanded payment. "
- Houston Chronicle, September 30th, 2014.
(Rigoletto)



"Stark's voice is intoxicating. It is as toasted and oaken as the bourbon cask it was surely matured in."

- Katricia Lang, BroadwayWorld.com, 2014 (Rigoletto)




“The sonorous bass Nathan Stark [was an] outrageously funny goat-footed satyr.”

Rafael de Acha, Seen and Heard International, 2014 (La Calisto)



“Nathan Stark was a marvelous Sylvano, with his rich, sonorous bass.”
MAuer, OperaLively, 2014 (La Calisto)


“Bass Nathan Stark made a strong, blustery Zuniga.”

Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music in Cincinnati, 2014 (Carmen)


"Nathan Stark was fine as Zuniga, and his fight in the tavern with Don José was impressive."

Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer, 2014 (Carmen)


“Cincinnati Opera regular Nathan Stark brought his familiar big, rich bass to Zuniga.”

MAuer, OperaLively, 2014 (Carmen)




"As always in Cincinnati, secondary roles were strongly cast. Nathan Stark, who has been heard here as the Commandatore in Don Giovanni, was a Zuniga (in Carmen) of real stature."
- Opera News, September 2014 (Carmen)



"Although more often than not tasked with portraying serious bass roles such as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Mr. Stark was perfectly charming as the oafish Sulpice, leader of the regiment that has raised Marie, and primary father figure to the lass.  He made Sulpice lovable, believable and amusing. One wonders whether singing basso buffo roles might prove to be a gold mine for Mr. Stark. He was certainly very successful with this one!"
- Taminophile, February 8th, 2014 (La Fille du Regiment)


"Tall and stocky veteran baritone (bass) Nathan Stark is ideal as the blustering but warm-hearted Sulpice"
- Isthmus - The Daily Page, February 2014 (La Fille du Regiment)


"As Pope Urban VIII, a.k.a. Cardinal Barberini, as well as the philosopher Simplicio in Scene 5, Nathan Stark made a strong impression with his rich, authoritative bass and his portrayal of the fundamentally selfish man beneath the genial intellectual."
 - Opera Lively, July 2013 (Galileo Galilei)



"Stark, Dayton Opera's Hunding in our Die Walküre, is a major voice and stage presence."
  - Burt Saidel, Oakwood Register, July 2013 (Die Walküre)



"Nathan Stark made a stentorian Commendatore."

- Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2013 (Don Giovanni)



"His sidekick, Leporello, was hilarious as the long-suffering servant. You don’t often get real belly laughs in opera, but Nathan Stark, an accomplished patter singer, did while delivering perfect dialogue in a booming bass."
- Michigan Live, February 2013


" In the comprimario role of the Duke of Norfolk, Nathan Stark displayed a fresh, sharply focused [bass].”
Opera News, 2012


"In the small but key role of the tribe’s “enforcer,” Nourabad, bass Nathan Stark was particularly adept at using his dark instrument to create a sense of menace and foreboding once he’s discovered the forbidden love between Leila and Nadir."
                                              — The Washington Times, October 2012


" Mr. Stark’s unusual, variegated voice had already impressed me in earlier concerts. He is an original, gifted with a large, piebald voice of power and resonance...he was entirely in his element on the operatic stage. "

 - New York Arts
, August 2012



"The bass, Nathan Stark as the King of Egypt has become one of my favorite performers at the Virginia Opera over the recent years. He did a spectacular job as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni and as Sparafucile in Rigoletto. Mr. Stark has a booming rich bass voice and is consistently called on for roles that demand great stage presence, which he fulfills so naturally."
                                        - The Schiller Institute, November 2011       


Most telling of the solos was the ominous and unearthly power of Nathan Stark.”     
                                 - The Washington Post, February 2010."



" From both a singing and acting standpoint, he was one of the most effective          Sparafuciles this reviewer has been privileged to see and hear.” 
                                        - Washington Times, October, 2010



There was much to admire in the strong-voiced, authoritative Bonze of Nathan Stark.                                                                                                                            
                                                - Opera News,  November, 2010.



                                                                 



Mr. Stark is represented by 
Barrett Vantage Artists
                                                        phone: 212-245-3530
                                                 For scheduling inquiries please contact
                                                                 John Anderson or
Alexandra Bacon
                 
                                                                   




  
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