|Praised by the Washington Post as having a voice of "unearthly power," Nathan Stark has performed on operatic and concert stages throughout the United States, China and Europe. Mr. Stark's 2010-11 season currently involves several engagements including returns to Cincinnati Opera to sing Monterone in Rigoletto, Virginia Opera to sing Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and to Kentucky Opera to sing both Bonze in Madama Butterfly and Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia. He also performs the role of Philip II in Don Carlo with Opera in the Heights, appears as soloist in Elijah with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, and in Mozart's Requiem, also Basilio in a semi-staged production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, both with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
In the 2010-11 season Nathan Stark sings as Monterone in Rigoletto in a return to Cincinnati Opera. His 2010-11 season included the role of Montano in Otello with Cincinnati Opera, and Commendatore in Don Giovanni and Colline in La boheme with Virginia Opera. He will cover the role of Mr. Flint in Billy Budd at the Met during the 2011-12 season.
Additional highlights in operatic repertoire include Don Quichotte in Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit with Kentucky Opera, Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims with Music Academy of the West, Somnus in Semele and Farfallo in Die Schweigsame Frau with Long Beach Opera, and Pistola in Falstaff, Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Colline, and Seneca in L'incoronazione di Poppea with the Cincinnati Conservatory in Music.
Among Mr. Stark's concert credits are Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Cincinnati Conservatory Philharmonia and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra; Don Quixote in El retablo de Maese Pedro with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Beethoven's Mass in C Major, Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the CSU Long Beach Symphony Orchestra; and Verdi's Requiem with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Mr. Stark has given recitals throughout the United States and Germany, concerts at the Great Wall of China, the U.S. Colombian Embassy, and the U.S. Austrian Embassy. In 2005 he performed as soloist at the nationally televised opening ceremonies for the Air Force One Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California for former First Ladies, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan, and former President of the United States, George W. Bush.
Mr. Stark has been a recipient of several awards and scholarships including the 2010 Fort Worth Opera Marguerite McCammon Voice Competition, Opera Columbus Vocal Competition, Brentwood Artist of Tomorrow Competition, Sun Valley Opera Competition, Westwood Vocal Competition, Burbank Aria Competition, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Corbett Opera Competition, Palm Springs Opera Guild, Pasadena Opera Guild Opera Buffs Competition, Classical Singers Association and was the 2006 San Diego district winner for the National Metropolitan Opera Council Competition.
Mr. Stark holds degrees California State University, Long Beach (B.M. & M.M.), and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (A.D.) He has studied with Dr. Cherrie Llewellyn, Ms. Shigemi Matsumoto, Ms. Marilyn Horne, and Mr. Kenneth Shaw. [March 2011]