• Nathan Granner

    tenor | producing artist 

  • New operatic release

     

    Release Date: September 20, 2024

    "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.

     

    Mr. Granner is achieving critical success on stage and screen with roles such as Korey Wise in Pulitzer Prize-winning The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis and George Wesley, 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).

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    Coming up:

    Ombre di Luce - 14 arias for tenor, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, conducted by Clelia Cafiero. September 20, 2024 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.

     

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

     

    "Indivisible: The Glory of Lincoln's Musical Soul" ​

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    Oct. 16-20, 2024,

    With his presidency plagued by war and civil unrest, Abraham Lincoln often turned to music for comfort, encouragement, and hope. Nathan will be collaborating with musical hits popular to Lincoln in his life.

     

    The Shining

    Portland Opera

    March 15-24, 2025

    Nathan will be performing his debut of Stuart Ullman & Spencer Grady (he had previously been cast as Loyd / Bill Walton) in Moravec and Cmpbell's adaptation of King's ultra-popular horror novel. It's just a great night of theater.

     

    Aida

    Dayton Opera

    April 4 & 6, 2025

    Mr. Granner makes his debut as Radames in Verdi's Aida

    An intimate story of love—forbidden and unrequited—enmeshed in a struggle for imperial power between Egypt and Ethiopia.

     

    The Central Park Five

    Detroit Opera

    May 10, 16 & 18, 2025

    Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Music for this true story adaptation of systemic discrimination, this gripping opera follows the wrongful convictions of five African American and Latino teenagers in the assault of a white female jogger in Central Park. Despite racial injustice, resilience and redemption emerge as the five men fight for freedom.

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    2023-2024 were debut performances as Don Jose in Carmen at Opera Santa Barbara and Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca at Orlando Opera. Later Granner tackled the tricky roles of Bobby Riggs and Hans Sach's Trainer in Opera Parallele's acclaimed Birds and Balls, a double bill of "Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera" by david T. Little and "Balls" by Laura Karpman. He fineshed off the season with a lovely performance with the Verdi Chorus in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and soprano Jamie Chamberlin.

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

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    "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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  • American tenor NATHAN GRANNER is a producing artist, world-renowned leading tenor, headliner, solo and collaborative artist, specializing in Contemporary Opera and late Bel-Canto repertoire.

     

    The San Francisco Chronicle recently described Mr. Granner’s singing as possessing a "sinewy, ringing tone; splendidly flexible" and the San Francisco Classical Voice extolled "tons of squillo on his top notes, his honeyed tone, and his sensitive dynamic choices..."

     

    Currently starring as the quintessential teacher, Mr. Chipping in Gordon Getty's newest opera feature film "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," and as Rob Hall in Opera Parallèle / Dallas Opera's new film adaptation of "EVEREST," Nathan is on the forefront of opera across the USA.

     

    Mr. Granner's intense performance style hits all of his characters, singing lyric tenor parts like Puccini's Rodolfo, Mozart's Ferrando, Verdi's Jacopo Foscari, and originating numerous roles in world premieres; Korey Wise in Anthony Davis' 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera "The Central Park Five." and Aubrey Wells in Opera Parallèle's beautiful work "Today it Rains," by the Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reid team.

     

    Gaining chart-topping success as a founding member of the Sony Classical group, “The American Tenors”, Nathan has also toured extensively as a solo artist accompanied by classical guitarist/record producer Beau Bledsoe. Together they’ve brought arrangements of Lieder and Chanson, Flamenco, Tango, Turkish styles and new compositions to such remote places as Glendive, Montana and Perm, Russia, *a city of more than a million people held secret until the cold war between the U.S.S.R. and The United States of America ended.

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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)

     

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    In memoriam. Hy little H.G. was a courageous and sweet cat. he was one of my best friends and I miss him. Every day!

  • 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. -

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    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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    Opera Santa Barbara, La Boheme--

    Nathan Granner’s electrifying Rodolfo occupied the center of the show’s Parisian universe --

     

    A gorgeous and beautifully sung production featuring some of the most exciting performances we’ve seen from the company ...

    Santa Barbara Independent
    -Charles Donelan 

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