Nathan Stark
                                             
Bass
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." 
 - John Wooden,   (1910-2010)

                                              Biography

      


Praised by the Washington Post as having a voice of "unearthly power," The Houston Press as being a "blow away singer," and the San Jose Mercury News as a "natural comic actor," American bass, Nathan Stark, has performed on operatic, concert and recital stages throughout the United States, Europe and China.

Hailing from Hughson, California, Mr. Stark has performed with opera houses throughout the United States, including the Metropolitan Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Virginia Opera and Arizona Opera, to name a few. Some of his noted operatic roles have included Mustafà in L'Italiana in Algeri,
both Don Basilio and Don Bartolo in il Barbiere di Siviglia, both Leporello and il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, both Monterone and Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Colline in La Boheme, both Zuniga & Escamillo in Carmen, and Bottom in A Midsummer's Night Dream.  Equally comfortable on concert stage, he has given solo performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.  

In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Stark
returns to Hawaii Opera Theatre singing the role of Colline in La Boheme, the BARD Music Festival as Petr Fedorovič Basmanov in Dvořák's Dimitri, Opera San Jose as General Audebert in Silent Night, Madison Opera as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Dayton Opera as Escamillo in Carmen, Cincinnati Opera as Colline in La Boheme, the Canton Symphony Orchestra as the bass soloist for the Verdi Requiem, Cathedral Productions as the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah, and returns as a guest soloist for the 2017 OperaArts Festival of Opera & Art in Palm Desert, California. He also makes company debuts this season with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Marke in a concert production of Tristan und Isolde, the Houston Symphony Orchestra singing the role of Rocco in a concert production Beethoven's Fidelio, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as the bass soloist for the Verdi Requiem, the Chicago Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as the bass soloist for The Defiant Requiem, and both the Pacific Chorale and the University Musical Society as the bass soloist for Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Mr. Stark has given recitals throughout the United States and Germany, concerts at the Great Wall of China, the U.S. Colombian Embassy, U.S. French Embassy, the U.S. Austrian Embassy and the Washington National Cathedral. In 2005 he was chosen to be the featured soloist for the nationally televised opening ceremonies of the Air Force One exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library for former First Ladies, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan, members of the United States Senate and Congress, and for, then President of the United States, George W. Bush.

 

Mr. Stark has been a recipient of several vocal awards including the 2010 Fort Worth Opera Marguerite McCammon Competition, the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition, the Brentwood Artist of Tomorrow Competition, the Sun Valley Opera Competition, the Westwood Vocal Competition, the Burbank Aria Competition, first place winner of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Corbett Scholarship Opera Competition, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition, the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition, the Opera Buffs Competition, first place winner of the Classical Singers Association Vocal Competition in Los Angeles, and was the 2006 district winner of the Metropolitan Opera Vocal Competition, San Diego District.

 

He holds degrees in vocal & opera performance from California State University, Long Beach (B.M. & M.M.) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (A.D.) His voice teachers have included Dr. Lewis Woodward, Dr. Cherrie Llewellyn, Ms. Shigemi Matsumoto, Ms. Marilyn Horne and Mr. Kenneth Shaw.


                                                                                                


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