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Bass-Baritone

Nathan Berg is a native of Saskatchewan and pursued vocal studies in Canada, the US, France, and England. While at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he studied with Vera Rozsa and won the Gold Medal for Singers. He has also won prizes in the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, as well as in the Peter Pears, Kathleen Ferrier, and Walther Gruner competitions. Mr. Berg made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in June 1997 as a soloist in works of Schubert and Bach; he last appeared here in 2011, as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Nathan Berg has performed with such orchestras as the Chicago, Montreal, and Saint Louis symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and National Symphony in Washington DC. At the Proms in London he has performed with the English Concert and the BBC Symphony. Mr. Berg's recent concert engagements have included L'Enfance du Christ with the Orchestre de Paris, Haydn's Creation with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle with the Montreal Symphony, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the Toronto Symphony, Mozart's Mass in C minor with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall, and Haydn and Rameau concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic. In his early career, Nathan Berg made his name as an interpreter of the Baroque and pre-Classical repertory; more recently he has added leading Mozart roles, including the title roles in Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. His performance as Alidoro in the Glyndebourne Festival’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola was filmed for release on DVD. He has also sung the title roles in The Flying Dutchman and appeared as Scarpia in Tosca. This season he sang Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, performed with Le Concert Spirituel in Handel’s Theodora in Paris, Metz, Brussels, and Vienna, and was featured in a new production of Les Indes galantes at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. A Grammy®-nominated and Juno Award-winning artist, his recording highlights include collaborations with Les Arts Florissants, various lieder recordings including songs by Othmar Schoeck, the album Lieder Recital with Julius Drake, and Dvořák's Stabat Mater with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

(June 2012)