Nathan Granner is an American tenor who performs in opera and oratorio, as well as more popular genres. He has toured the United States and into Russia and Ireland. He appeared on PBS as a member of Sony Masterworks The American Tenors, a vocal trio created by Frank McNamara. In 2003, their album was No. 5 on Billboard's Crossover Classical Chart.
A 2002 Metropolitan Opera National Semi-Finalist, Granner trained at the University of Missouri–Kansas City conservatory where he graduated in vocal performance in 1996. He made his operatic debut in 1998 as Ferrando in the Wolf Trap Opera Company production of Così fan tutte. Other notable performances include Nemorino Lyric Opera of Kansas City 2003,Mr. Owen, Celestino Medeiros/Lowell in the world premiere of Anton Coppola's opera Sacco and Vanzetti at Opera Tampa (2001), and Remus in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha (2000).
2002 Granner/Bledsoe perform classical music in a rock club for the first time at The Social in Orlando, FL with Mercy Machine and In 2006, he and classical guitarist, Beau Bledsoe (Granner/Bledsoe), performed a multi-city tour of their show Mozart Was a Punk: How to Make Classical Music Not Suck. The programme draws from many genres, including opera, art song, gospel, flamenco, folk song and Baroque and forms the basis of their 2007 CD, Departure.
In 2005 Nathan Granner was awarded Alumnus of the year from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance
In 2007 Granner/Bledsoe performed in Perm, Russia for the "Diaghilev Seasons Festival."
In 2008 Nathan Granner co-founded KCMetropolis.org; Kansas City's Journal of the Arts a weekly online magazine.
In 2011 Granner Artistic Directed and performed in "Homecoming, an Evening with Virgil T," the first national PBS taping at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2011-2012 Granner produced The American Tenors national tour for Nashville based tour company Live on Stage.
In 2012 He co-founded Gulley/Granner an operatic tenor duo.
In 2017 he performed as The Magician in Long Beach Opera's "The Consul."
In 2018 he will perform as Dr. Morel in Long Beach Opera's "The Invention of Morel.
- "Nathan Granner and Beau Bledsoe: "Selections from Winterreise" (Songs by Schubert, Duparc, Giuliani, Hahn). Touchartists (067461700221)
- The American Tenors. Sony Classical/Odyssey SK87893
- Nathan Granner and Beau Bledsoe: Departure (Songs by Villa-Lobos, Dowland, Lorca, Puccini and others). Tzigane CDNB-202
- Tango Lorca: "Mujer Sola" Granner performs on track 16 Vuelvo al Sur.
- Bradley Cox Ensemble: "Beginners" Granner performs on tracks 2, 12.
- Gulley/Granner: "HYMN --Songs of Great Faith" Hymns, Spirituals and Contemporary Classical pieces.
- Anthony Tommasini, 'A Wistful Smile for Treemonisha, a Sad Farewell (but Not Addio) for Violetta', The New York Times, June 7, 2000. Accessed 12 November 2007
- Richard Buell, Review: Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Messiah, The Boston Phoenix, Issue Date: December 2–8, 2005. Accessed 12 November 2007
- Drew Minter, 'CD Review: Departure, Opera News, September 2006. Accessed 12 November 2007
- Paul Horsley, 'Mozart was a punk, so Schubert was a goth: Musicians travel the country to prove classical is anything but dull', The Kansas City Star, September 17, 2006. Accessed 12 November 2007 via HighBeam Research.
- Joseph McLellan, 'From the NSO, Two Faces Of Bernstein', The Washington Post, July 12, 1999. Accessed 12 November 2007 via HighBeam Research.
- Pierre Ruhe, 'A Captivating Cosi Fan Tutte': Wolf Trap's Lively Cast Reinvigorates Mozart's Tale of Innocence Lost', The Washington Post, June 26, 1998. Accessed 12 November 2007 via HighBeam Research.
- Paul Horsley, 'The newest singing threesome: the American Tenors', The Kansas City Star, February 21, 2003. Accessed 12 November 2007 via HighBeam Research.
- Eugene H. Cropsey, 'Sacco and Vanzetti: An American World Premiere', The Opera Quarterly, 2003 19(4):754-780, Oxford University Press.
- 'An American Tenor', Encore, The University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory of Music, 2003, pp. 2–3
- KCMetropoilis.org via .
- There Stands the Glass, 'Review: An Evening With Virgil T. at Helzberg Hall via .