Nathan Gunn, the acclaimed baritone and Indiana native who's become a hot property on international opera stages, will replace soprano Deborah Voigt in a recital next Tuesday presented by Cliburn Concerts. Voigt canceled for unspecified medical reasons.
Gunn performs at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Bass Performance Hall. Think of it as a local preview for the Dallas Opera's 2013 production of The Aspern Papers, in which Gunn will star.
Here's more from the Cliburn news release.
The Van Cliburn Foundation has announced that acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn will perform his Cliburn Concerts debut recital on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Gunn, whose appearance also marks his first Bass Hall performance, will replace soprano Deborah Voigt, who is unable to appear due to medical reasons. Single tickets are available from $15-$90, and can be purchased at Cliburn.org, by calling 817.212.4280, or in person at the Bass Hall Box Office (525 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas). Tickets to Deborah Voigt's recital will be honored, and ticket holders with questions should contact the Box Office at 817-212-4450.
Mr. Gunn has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day. He has been characterized as a "singer of unmistakable star power" (Opera News), and has been praised as "a baritone whose mighty heft and richness confer an outsize authority on everything he touches" (The New York Times). He has performed worldwide in major opera houses and festivals like the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, and Theater an der Wien, among others. His many roles include the title role of Hamlet, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore, and Ottone in L'incoronazione di Poppea.
Mr. Gunn is a frequent interpreter of new works, and he recently created the role of Paul in the world premiere of Daron Hagen's Amelia at the Seattle Opera. He also originated the roles of Alec Harvey in André Previn's Brief Encounter at the Houston Grand Opera, Father Delura in Peter Eötvös's Love and Other Demons at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, and Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera. A distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
His solo album, Just Before Sunrise, was released in 2007. It joins his growing collection of recordings that includes the title role in Billy Budd with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra, which won the 2010 Grammy Award; Peter Grimes with Sir Colin Davis and London Symphony Orchestra; Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Kullervo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; and American Anthem. He also starred as Buzz Aldrin in Man on the Moon, an opera written specifically for television and broadcast on the BBC in the United Kingdom. The program was awarded the Golden Rose Award for Opera at the Montreux Festival in Lucerne.
Mr. Gunn was the recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award and was also awarded the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award. He is an alumnus of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and was the winner of the 1994 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition. Mr. Gunn is also an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he is currently a professor of voice.
Accompanying Mr. Gunn in performance will be his wife, pianist Julie Gunn. An established vocal coach and song arranger, she has appeared on many prestigious series and in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Gunn is a faculty member of the University of Illinois School of Music, where she works with both singers and pianists. She has served on the music staff at the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program, Wolf Trap Opera, St. Louis Opera Theatre, Southern Methodist University, Opera North, Theaterworks, Chicago Opera Theater, and Cincinnati Opera, and given master classes at universities and young artists's programs all over the United States, including the Ryan Young Artists's Program, Houston Grand Opera Studio, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.