"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
"Tall and stocky veteran baritone (bass) Nathan Stark is ideal as the blustering but warm-hearted Sulpice"
- Isthmus - The Daily Page, February 2014
"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
- Opera Lively, July 2013
"Stark, Dayton Opera's Hunding in our Die Walküre, is a major voice and stage presence."
- Burt Saidel, Oakwood Register, July 2013
"Nathan Stark made a stentorian Commendatore."
- Cincinnati Enquirer, June 2013
"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
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.”
News, November, 2010.