Nathan Munson

Nathan Munson - Instructor of Voice - Kennesaw State University
Nathan Munson - Instructor of Voice

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, tenor Nathan Munson has been praised for his vocal beauty, and proven to be a versatile presence on the concert and operatic stage.  His training includes a season as Young Artist with Opera North, Il Corso Estivo per Giovani Cantanti Lirici in Urbania, Italy, a master's degree in Voice Performance from the University of Kentucky, a bachelor's degree in Opera and Musical Theater Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, the University of Miami in Salzburg summer vocal program, and the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), in Graz, Austria. Additionally, he is nearing completion of work towards a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance and Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was awarded two University Fellowships, the Joseph Schlanger Award for Excellence in Opera, two Illinois Opera Theater Enthusiast Excellence Awards, and was the first ever recipient of the Jerry Hadley Memorial Award. As a voice instructor, he serves on the faculty at Kennesaw State University, and has served at Emory University, Campbelsville University, the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, and the Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Recent operatic roles include Beppe in I pagliacci with both the Sarasota Opera and the Hawaii Opera Theatre.  Also with HOT, he debuted as the tenor soloist in Carmina Burana, as Tom Snout in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and in performances of the Steersman in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer. With the Atlanta Opera, he has performed Emperor Altoum in Turandot, the Camera Man in The Golden Ticket, Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rodolfo in La bohème (as a cover and in a touring production). He will return to the Atlanta Opera in their upcoming production of Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins. Other recent performances include Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne and Alberto in La Curandera with Opera Piccola San Antonio, Valére in Tartuffe with Capitol City Opera , El Dancaïre in Carmen with Opera North, and Dr. Baglioni in a world premiere revision of Daniel Catan’s La Hija di Rappaccini with the Illinois Opera Theater. Other roles include Roméo in Roméo et Juliette, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Cassio in Verdi’s Otello, Laurie in Adamo’s Little Women, and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.  As a Young Artist at Opera North, he appeared in various venues in semi-staged scene performances as Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos and Lippo Fiorentino in Street Scene.

In addition to his operatic appearances, Mr. Munson has been a frequent visitor to the concert stage. His recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as as the tenor soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with Manhattan Concert Productions.  In December of 2014 he made his debut with the Helena Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah.  He has been a featured soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Augusta Choral Society, Bach’s B-minor Mass with the Atlanta Sacred Chorale, Handel’s Messiah with the Michael O’Neal Singers, Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn's Creation with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart’s Requiem with the Dartmouth College Glee Club.  Other concert appearances for the tenor include Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity, Saint-Seans’ Christmas Oratorio, Schubert’s Mass in G, Schumann’s Requiem, Bach’s G-minor Mass and Johannes-Passion (aria soloist), and Handel’s Alexander’s Feast.

Mr. Munson can be heard on the world premiere recording of The Golden Ticket (Albany Records).  He has also been a featured soloist in a Christmas Concert with the Atlanta Opera, which was recorded live for broadcast by WABE-Atlanta.