Nathan Gunn was born in Indiana in 1970, and studied at the University of Illinois and on the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program; early successes included the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award. His repertoire includes the title-roles in Eugene Onegin and Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia, Mozart’s Count Almaviva, and Marcello in La bohème.
Gunn has created several significant roles in new American operas, including Sid in Jake Heggie’s Great Scott, Clyde Griffiths in Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, Inman in Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and Alec in André Previn’s Brief Encounter; he has also had considerable success in musical theatre roles including Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat, Billy Bigelow I Carousel, and the title-role in Sweeney Todd.
Other key recordings include Bob in Bernstein’s Wonderful Town with Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, the title-role on Daniel Harding’s Grammy-winning recording of Billy Budd from 2007 (‘Gunn is wonderfully touching as Billy Budd’ – The Guardian), John Adams’s The Wound-Dresser with Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and Peter Eötvös’s Love and Other Demons with Vladimir Jurowkski.
Further Reading: Nathan Gunn
Bernstein's 1953 musical receives a sparkling performance from the London Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, with a cast led by Danielle de Niese, Alysha Umphress, and Nathan Gunn.