Nathan Granner enjoys a unique and diverse performing career which has allowed him to leverage his distinctive timbre and impressive range in a multitude of projects and productions.
Most recently, Mr. Granner has achieved critical success in a challenging and unique mix of roles and works including a debut of Verdi’s Alfredo with both Fort Worth Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, an on-film and studio album recording of the title role in Gordon Getty’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and Rob Hall in the award-winning animated film Everest, produced by Opera Parallèle and presented by The Dallas Opera.
"Nathan Granner was a winning, worthy Chips, credible at every age, conveying his emotions with a stirring tenor of equal parts metal and warmth. He projected strength, dignity, compassion and joy." —Joanne Sydney Lessner | Opera News
"Granner’s poignant tenor expresses Rob’s adventurous spirit, his sense of responsibility for his clients—rather than leaving the ailing Doug behind, he drags him along and finally dies beside him—and his love for Jan."
—Heidi Waleson | Wall Street Journal
Granner’s unique versatility and easy command of varying styles of compositions has lead to engagements creating numerous new opera roles for an extensive range of works including Kanye West in Fair Looks and True Obedience, to Aubrey Wells in Today it Rains and the Pulitzer prize-winning Korey Wise in The Central Park Five.
New roles for the upcoming season will include Don Ottavio, Don José, Cavaradossi, and Bill Watson in Paul Moravec’s The Shining.
Mr. Granner is fiercely devoted to various philanthropic efforts, and has performed at dozens of charitable fundraisers with David Foster and Friends. In the process, he has helped to raise tens of millions of dollars to fund the researching of cures for Parkinson’s disease and cancer, and for aid in the areas of children’s health, wildlife conservation and substance abuse.
Granner’s early studies included training with Utah Festival Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera Center. Granner was also a semifinalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City. During one whirlwind period which showcased his varied interests and versatility, Nathan was singing on the stage of the Met, played his first rock performance in a popular Orlando bar, and was signed to a recording contract by Sony Classical. Between it all, he sang Camille in The Merry Widow at Light Opera Oklahoma and Beppe in I Pagliacci with Opera Tampa under the baton of Anton Coppola.
Other early career engagements for Mr. Granner included Nemorino at Lyric Opera Kansas City and Remus at Opera Theater Saint Louis. He also sang with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Irish Radio Orchestra, the Handel/Haydn Society, and Kansas City Symphony performing the tenor parts in the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem, Elijah, Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and a number of Bach Cantatas (collaborating regularly with the Bach Aria Soloists).
In the early 2000s, Nathan was a founding member of The American Tenors, whose Sony Masterworks Classical album reached top five in the classical crossover charts. He has also toured extensively with classical guitarist Beau Bledsoe, singing new arrangements of lieder and chanson, authentic Flamenco, Tango, Turkish music and new compositions.
There is always something going on in the Granner sphere
2022-2023 Granner signs with noted opera firm, Quintana Artist Management. Stay tuned for debut roles of Don Ottavio at Charleston Opera Theater this coming October, as well as Cavaradossi and Don Jose all coming up in the coming year.
There will be more announcements soon. What an incredible season it was!!
Sees Nathan in two leading principal film roles, making company debuts with Portland Opera and Fort Worth Opera, returning to Opera Santa Barbara and concertizing in Minneappolis/ St. Paul with Philip Brunelle's group, VocalEssence.
"Everest" |Feature Film by Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer | Opera Parallele an Arizona International Film Festival selection
an intensely gripping animated feature film currently released on The Dallas Opera Network. Everest is an animated graphic novel turned into a film. In this complex process, hand drawn illustrations by Mark Simmons are digitized and animated by artist David Murakami using a fusion of the illustrations and motion capture video of the artists' performances. Joby Talbot, the composer, realized the musical score in his own studio, recording the instruments using midi and live sound. The vocals were recorded at Skylight Sound in Oakland, CA.
"Goodbye Mr. Chips" | Feature Film by Gordon Getty | screened Nov.14 , 2021 & March 9 2022 with Festival Napa Valley/Mill Valley Film Festival and at Lincoln Center through New York City Opera. Playing at Opera America Convention May 2022.
A live action feature was recorded and filmed May-August and is currently in post production. Based on James Hilton’s classic novella, composer Gordon Getty’s opera Goodbye, Mr. Chips tells of the life of beloved English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping, known to his students and others as “Mr. Chips.”
"The Central Park Five" | Portland Opera | performances March 18-26, 2022 "Absolutely stunning. Riveting. The best and most ambitious production Portland Opera has presented in my 31 years of reviewing. PO continues to up the ante." -Angela Allen - Oregon Arts Watch.
Winner of the Pulitzer Price for Music in 2020, The Central Park Five takes us to New York City in the late 80s—when five Black and Latino teenagers were falsely accused of rape and assault, and coerced into confession, during a terrible incident that gripped the nation, and still strikes our hearts.
"La Traviata"|Fort Worth Opera | performances April 22 & 24, 2022 "Alvarez had good chemistry with tenor Nathan Granner, voicing Alfredo. Together they made their relationship feel natural and believable, drawing audiences into their story. Granner put his robust tenor to full use, passionately conveying Alfredo's desires or showing his more delicate side." Tim Diovanni - The Dallas Morning News
75th Anniversary! From the mind of brilliant young director, choreographer, and opera librettist John de los Santos (FWO’s María de Buenos Aires, The Pearl Fishers, The Mikado, Frontiers ad more), this emotionally gripping, ninety-minute chamber realization of the opera is reimagined through a contemporary lens with a unique sculptural aesthetic courtesy of illustrious set designer and sculptor Liliana Duque Piñeiro and wildly inventive visual artist and costume designer, Ashley Soliman.
The VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers tell the story of creation through the voices of composers across time and cultures, culminating in the regional premiere of “Satan’s Fall,” a new composition by Stewart Copeland, drummer for British hitmakers The Police. Fell the driving rhythm of the voices in this oratorio inspired by John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost” at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Set in a time of speakeasies and extravagance, Verdi’s most popular and intimate opera is transported to the Roaring 1920s. At the center of the glitz and glamour is one of opera’s foremost leading ladies, Violetta Valéry. Known for her legendary parties, the famous courtesan is accustomed to the affection of others, but the young and passionate Alfredo stirs new emotions and a desire to be truly loved. Will Violetta risk it all for this new love?
Mr. Granner had a full season of singing from west to east coast and was the Director of Marketing at Long Beach Opera. But with the pandemic cancellations, Nathan began producing (again) and formally started a new production company,
A Lab Studios' most recent offering ("Hot Shots: a Covid Vaccine Story based on Rossini's Otello") is a music video to bring vaccine awareness to the Black Community has been selected for two film awards from Big Bear Film Festival and the Los Angeles Music Video Awards. In addition, he and his wife Jamie Chamberlin (soprano) produced two seasons of "Sing Out Loud," an opera web series geared for children from 7-12yrs old, as well as a full production of "The Telephone" by Gian Carlo Menotti and multiple live and recorded videos released for numerous companies.
On the back of this work, plus a delightful new drive-in Cosi Fan Tutte with Pacific Opera Project on the tail-end of the year, Nathan was invited to sing in two new major upcoming films, turning 2020-2021 into something pretty remarkable.
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EVEREST - A Graphic Novel Opera
Our wonderful Everest--A Graphic Novel Opera has been selected for screening by the longest running film festival in Arizona, the Arizona International Film Festival @azfilmfest! There are So Many GREAT films out there and only so many slots available in these top festivals. Getting through to this step is its own journey. Everest is screening there on May 1. Wish us all the luck to pick up a win here. One More Step!
-This ingenious production's vocal characterizations are distinctive: Nathan Granner’s poignant tenor expresses Rob’s adventurous spirit, his sense of responsibility for his clients—rather than leaving the ailing Doug behind, he drags him along and finally dies beside him—and his love for Jan. -
The Two Hot Shots | a Covid Vaccine Story - Adapted from Rossini's "Otello" Duet
Normally this scene from Rossini's 1816 opera "Otello" is two guys (Otello and Rodrigo) arguing over the love of Desdemona, but in this scene, the two man are seated in a hospital room, waiting to get their vaccine administered. They bicker about their own macho ways, but when it comes time to get the vaccine shot, both at first, chicken out. All’s well that ends well, however, when the two finally take their medicine ... and sing really great high notes.
About the Production: As we look to the road to recovery during this pandemic, one known obstacle is building vaccine trust. Many communities distrust the medical community and we wanted to create a project that reflected the honest and genuine concerns of communities but that ultimately illustrates the trust in science and our medical communities required to achieve large scale immunity that allows us to put this pandemic behind us.
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