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    Nathan Granner

    tenor | producing artist 

  • Release Date: Aug 16, 2024

    Stay tuned for a new operatic release - "Ombre di Luce" 14 Classical Epoch Arias for tenor and orchestra.

    Nathan Granner as Aubrey Wells in "Today it Rains" by Laura Kaminsky

    Operatic Tenor Nathan Granner enjoys a unique and diverse performing career, allowing him to leverage his distinctive golden age timbre and impressive range in many projects and productions.


    New for 2024 were debut performances with Opera Parallele in Birds and Balls, a double bill of "Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera" by david T. Little and "Balls" by Laura Karpman.


    August 16th marks the release of a new album of Classical Epoch arias under the aegis of the San Francisco Classical record Company, for the venerable Pentatone Music label.

    Ombre di Luce - 14 arias for tenor, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, conducted by Clelia Cafiero.


    The orchestra partnered with Granner to navigate a vast emotional landscape of classical period arias producing a timeless and compelling musical experience.


    The 2022-23 season was bright with highlights. Mr. Granner performed four highly acclaimed debut roles, including Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni at the new Charleston Opera Theatre, Lloyd / Watson in Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell's The Shining with long-time collaborator Opera Parallele, Don Jose in Carmen at Opera Santa Barbara and Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca at Orlando Opera.


    More, he learned and sang Prince Hal and Shallow in a new version of Gordon Getty's hilarious and poignant opera "Plumpjack" with Rork Music.


    In the recent past, Mr. Granner achieved critical success in a challenging and unique of roles and works including a reprise of his role of Korey Wise in Pulitzer Prize-winning The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis, a debut of Alfredo (La Traviata) 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 (now adapted into an immersive experience).

    G​ranner’s unique versatility and easy command of varying styles of composition have led to engagements creating numerous New Opera roles for an extensive range of works, Aubrey Wells in Today it Rains Laura Kaminsky (Mark Campbell / Kimberly Reed - libretto) and Korey Wise in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis and the title character in The Invention of Morel by Stewart Copeland and Johnathan Moore.


    Mr. Granner is fiercely devoted to various philanthropic efforts and has performed at dozens of charitable fundraisers with David Foster and Friends, Jamie Chamberlin, and countless others.


    In the process, he has helped to raise tens of millions of dollars to fund the research of cures for Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Cancer, Covid-19 and aid in the areas of children’s health, wildlife conservation, and wrongful incarceration. ----->>


    Soprano Jamie Chamberlin, Esther the Opera Dog, & Nathan Granner on scene filming Sing Out Loud for LA Opera

    Soprano Jamie Chamberlin, Esther the Opera Dog, & Nathan Granner on scene filming Sing Out Loud for LA Opera







    >> 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.

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    Early career engagements for Mr. Granner include 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, Judas Maccabeus, and a number of Bach Cantatas (collaborating regularly with the Bach Aria Soloists).


    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, and new compositions.


    "Granner’s poignant tenor expresses Rob Hall’s adventurous spirit, his sense of responsibility... and his love for Jan."

    —Heidi Waleson | Wall Street Journal






    Nathan Granner sings As Rob Hall in Opera Parallele's new fully immersive film production, "Everest - An Immersive Experience."

    "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




    Nathan Granner as Chips in Gordon Getty's new opera "Goodbye, Mr. Chips"

    Nathan was slated to sing another role for the staged premiere of the new Gordon Getty opera, but when covid closed the production down, rather than put it on ice, Mr. Getty and the producers of the show asked Nathan to sing the role of Chips. It's one of the longest roles in the repertoire (for anyone) and Nathan was up for the task. The film premiered at a special Mill Valley Film screening and has now been shown across the USA and has also played to 150 million homes in China. There is a new album being recorded, a new version, just for audio this summer 2023 and will be released on Pentatone Records in late 2023 or early 2024.

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    There is always something going on in the Granner sphere2022-23

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    Mr. Granner will sing four debut roles and workshop a new Laura Kaminsky Opera entitled "February" at Opera on the Avalon this season:

    Don Ottavio | Don Giovanni | Charleston Opera Theater | October 20th and 22nd (2022)

    Bill Watson, Lloyd the Bartender | The Shining | Opera Parallèle June 2,3,4 (2023)

    Cavaradossi | Tosca | Opera Orlando | October 27th and 29th (2023)

    Don Jose | Carmen | (Opera Santa Barbara) | September 2023

  • Features

    Goodbye Mr. Chips - by Gordon Getty - a new Opera adapted for film

    "Tenor Nathan Granner brings to the central role of Chips a voice of burnished tone and admirable flexibility, at times richly emotive, at others light and winsome, admirably distinguishing among the various epochs of the character’s life and career: - BY CHARLES GEYER La Scena Musicale




    EVEREST  - A Graphic Novel Opera

    Our wonderful Everest--A Graphic Novel Opera was selected by the Arizona International Film Festival @azfilmfest! and won the Jury Prize for achievement! 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.


    Heidi Waleson of The Wall Street Journal reports:

    -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. -

    Featured Video

    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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