Nathan Berg

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Nathan Berg
Bass-baritone Nathan berg.jpg
Bass-baritone Nathan berg
Background information
Born Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada
Genres Classical, Adult Contemporary, Opera, Vocal
Occupation(s) Musician, Actor, Songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Labels ATMA Classique, Harmonia Mundi, Virgin, Telarc, Erato
Website Nathan Berg

Nathan Berg (born Spalding, Saskatchewan, Canada)[1] is an operatic bass-baritone who has had a concert, opera and recording career largely in North America and Europe. He is a Juno award winner[2] (2002 JUNO award classical album category - vocal or choral performance), a 2014 Juno Awards nominee[3] and three-time Grammy nominated.[4][5][6]


After some studies at the University of Western Ontario and the Maîtrise nationale de Versailles Nathan Berg carried out the majority of his formal musical training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England studying with legendary pedagogue Vera Rózsa.[1][7] While at the Guildhall School he won prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier Competition,The Royal Overseas League,[8] Peter Pears Competition, Walter Gruner International Lieder Competition and the Guildhall's Gold Medal for Singers joining a list of singers that includes Bryn Terfel and Benjamin Luxon.[1][9]

The English journalist Bernard Levin once wrote of the young Nathan Berg in The Times; "A Canadian baritone, Nathan Berg by name, with a voice not only powerful and full of meaning, but of such velvet beauty that the comparison cannot be avoided: surely the young Fischer-Dieskau sounded like this.".[10]

Since his debut singing Messiah in Paris in December 1992[11] Berg has become known for his contributions in Early to Classical music periods in opera and concert. Highlights from his earlier career include performances and recordings with French early music group Les Arts Florissants with whom he recorded often (see recording list below). He also recorded Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony which proved to be Shaw's final recording[12] and a German Lieder disc with pianist Julius Drake.

His career has moved among recital, concert and opera. In recital he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, Lincoln Center in New York, Musee d'Orsay in Paris, BBC Radio Studios in London, the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France, the Winspear Centre in Canada and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.[13] with pianists Graham Johnson, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles, Michael McMahon and Martin Katz.[1][13][14] Mr. Berg's early work in concert and opera concentrated on Early Music and Classical. He has since also engaged in Romantic and later with recent operatic debuts as Wagner's Dutchman,[15] and Alberich, Puccini's Scarpia[16] and Bartok's Bluebeard and in concert with Mahler's Kindertotenlieder.[17] A bass-baritone with "a first-class voice" (Boston Globe),[17] he has worked with conductors including Abbado, Boulez, Davis, Dohnányi, Hogwood, Jacobs, Jurowski, McGegan, Mackerras, Nelson, Spano, Zuckerman, Masur, Dutoit, Salonen, Eschenbach, Hogwood, Maazel, Marlot, Norrington, Slatkin, Christie, Herreweghe, Tortelier, Leppard, Rilling, Haenchen, Ozawa, Welser-Möst and Tilson Thomas.[1][14] He has performed in concert with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony (Washington), Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Colorado Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, Handel and Haydn Society, Seattle Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Minnesota Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, London Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Arts Florissants, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Freiburg Baroque, Les Talens Lyriques, Concert d’Astree, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, São Paulo Symphony and Concertgebouw Orchestra. Apart from these orchestras' home concert halls his performances have also taken place at prestigious venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, The Saratoga Festival, Tanglewood, The Grant Park Festival in Chicago, and Vienna's Musikverein. Among his operatic work he has appeared in Mozart's Figaro, Don Giovanni, Guglielmo and Leporello (a role which Berg won the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards award for Best Male Singer[18]), Puccini's Scarpia, Marcello and Coline, Wagner's Dutchman, Verdi's Ferrando, Rossini's Alidoro, Rameau's Huascar and multiple Handel roles (for example, Hercules, Zoroastro, Achilla) in such places as Glyndebourne, Paris National Opera, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, New York City Opera, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Teatro Verdi in Trieste, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra de Lyon, Royal Swedish Opera, Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Opera de Lille, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Edmonton Opera, Austin Lyric, Arizona Opera, Utah Opera, Opera de Nice, and the Bavarian State Opera.[14]

Berg is an established recording artist with over thirty CD and DVD recordings to his name.[19] He has recently appeared on a DVD releases of Lully's Armide[20] conducted by William Christie and directed by Robert Carson and the 2011 production of Handel's Giulio Cesare (Opera National de Paris with Natalie Dessay conducted by Emmanuelle Haim). In 2012 he appeared as bass soloist on a recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (released in 2013),[21][22] and recorded the role of Zoroastro in Handel's Orlando with Pacific Baroque released by ATMA Classique also in 2013. In the 2013 season Mr. Berg has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall in Haydn's Creation[23] with the Houston Symphony in Berg's Wozzeck[24] and the Valencia's Palau de les Arts in Mozart's Magic Flute.[25]

In 2015 Mr. Berg made his debut at the Teatro Alla Scala, Milan in the world premier of Battistelli's opera CO2.[26] In 2016 he will premier in the role of Bluebeard in Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle directed by Mariusz Treliński (co-production with the Metropolitain Opera, New York) at the Polish National Opera, Warsaw[27] and the role of Vodnik in Dvořák's Rusalka at the National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing. [28] He had his debut in the role of Alberich (Wagner's Reingold) with Myung-Whun Chung conducting in 2014 [29] and his debut at Moscow's Bolshoi Opera in the title role of Wagner's Flying Dutchman in 2013[30] and returned to Carnegie hall later in that season to appear with Roger Norrington.[31] He was nominated for a 2014 Juno for Handel's Orlando.[32]

Nathan Berg's Recordings[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Tatou Communications - "Les Violons Du Roy > Store > Mozart Requiem". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Juno Nominees". Junos. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  4. ^ "Boston Baroque — Recordings: Purchase CDs". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  5. ^ "2004 Grammy® Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ a b "42nd Annual Grammy® Awards Nominations Coverage (2000)". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
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  10. ^ Levin, Bernard/ The Times/ Sept.26,1991
  11. ^ So, Joseph. "Onstage: Nathan Berg," Opera Canada, vol 44, Summer 2003
  12. ^ "Dvorak: Stabat Mater/Shaw - Classics TodayClassics Today". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  13. ^ a b "Nathan Berg (Bass-Baritone) - Short Biography". 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  14. ^ a b c "Career Info". Nathan Berg. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  15. ^ (2007-03-03). "Utah Local News - Salt Lake City News, Sports, Archive - The Salt Lake Tribune". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  16. ^ "Edmonton Opera 2010/2011 Season: Tosca". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  17. ^ a b "Recent Press Release | Seattle Symphony Orchestra". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  18. ^ "I'd Like to Thank ... The 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards - Arts". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  19. ^ "Nathan Berg Recordings". Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
  20. ^ /humans.txt. "DVD Armide William Christie". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  21. ^ "San Francisco Symphony - MTT conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 9". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  22. ^ "SF Symphony releases Beethoven's 7th, records 9th". SFGate. 2012-06-24. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  23. ^ "The New York Virtuoso Singers - Friday, December 21, 2012". Carnegie Hall. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  24. ^ "Wozzeck in Concert". Houston Symphony. 2013-03-01. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  25. ^ "Die Zauberflöte". Palau de les Arts Reina Sophia. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  26. ^ "CO2". Teatro alls Scala. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  27. ^ "Iolanta". teatrwielki. Retrieved 2015-07-23.  Text " Bluebeard's Castle : Teatr Wielki Opera Narodowa " ignored (help)
  28. ^ "schedule". Nathan Berg. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  29. ^ "Maestro Chung's Wagner". Seoul Philharmonic. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  30. ^ "season-238-eng" (PDF). Bolshoi. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  31. ^ "Missa Solemnis". Carnegie Hall. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  32. ^ "Juno Nominees". Junos. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  33. ^ "43rd Annual Grammy Awards Nominations Coverage (2001)". Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  34. ^ "Juno Nominees". Junos. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 

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