Master Class with Baritone Nathan Gunn

October 25, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Nichols Concert Hall | 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston
Christine Aznavoorian |

Free with MIC ID.  Open to MIC students, faculty, trustees, and staff only.

The Music Institute of Chicago is honored to host Grammy Award winner Nathan Gunn, one of the most exciting and in-demand baritones of the day, for a special master class.


Mr. Gunn will introduce himself and will briefly discuss his background and career.

Master Class
Each singer will work with Mr. Gunn for approximately 20 minutes.



“Sei tu mami”......Alessandro Parisotti
“Apres un reve”......Gabriel Faure

      Danaelyn Baroja, soprano

“Saper vorreste” from Un Ballo In Maschera......Giuseppe Verdi
“Will He Like Me?" from She Loves Me......Harnick & Bock
     Elisa Germond, soprano

“Batti, batti, o bel Masetto” from Don Giovanni......Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“What good would the moon be?” from Street Scene......Kurt Weill
     Katharine Estes, soprano


"Morrò, ma prima in grazia" from Un ballo in Maschera......Giuseppe Verdi
"Mal d'amore"......Arturo Buzzi-Peccia
     Lindsay Barche, soprano

Matthew Hagle, piano


Q & A 
Students and faculty will participate in a question and answer session.

Meet & Greet 
Post-event meet and greet with Mr. Gunn.  

About Nathan Gunn


Nathan Gunn has appeared in internationally renowned opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Royal Opera House, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Theater an der Wien, Teatro Real in Madrid,  and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.  His many roles include the title roles in Billy Budd, Eugene Onegin, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Hamlet; Guglielmo in Cosí fan tutte, the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucetia, Danilo in The Merry Widow, and  The Lodger in The Aspern Papers.

Also a distinguished concert performer, Mr. Gunn has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Rundfunkorchster, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.  The many conductors with whom he has worked with include, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert, Daniel Harding, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Mark Wigglesworth.

Mr. Gunn has recently ventured outside the standard opera repertoire with appearances in performances of the title role in Sweeney Todd with the Houston Grand Opera, Camelot and Carousel with the New York Philharmonic (both broadcasted on PBS) and Show Boat at Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  He also appeared in the New York Philharmonic’s 80th birthday gala celebration for Stephen Sondheim and appeared with the orchestra in an evening of Broadway classics with Kelli O’Hara.  Other engagements have included appearances with Mandy Patinkin in Rochester, the Krannert Center the Ravinia Festival and on tour in Australia and New Zealand, a series of cabaret shows at the famed Café Carlyle in New York City and at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, special guest artist in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s annual Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, and a performance of Sting and Trudie Styler’s work, Twin Spirits in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Gunn’s solo album, Just Before Sunrise, was released on Sony/BMG Masterworks. Other recordings include the title role in Billy Budd with Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra (Virgin Classics), which won the 2010 Grammy Award;  the first complete recording of Rogers & Hammerstein’s Allegro (Sony’s Masterworks Broadway), Peter Grimes with Sir Colin Davis and London Symphony Orchestra (LSO Live!) which was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (SONY Classics), Cold Mountain (Pentatone Music), The Hubble Cantata (Naxos), Kullervo with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Telarc), and American Anthem (EMI).  He also starred as Buzz Aldrin in Man on the Moon, an opera written specifically for television and broadcast on the BBC in the UK. The program was awarded the Golden Rose Award for Opera at the Montreux Festival in Lucerne.

Mr. Gunn is also an alumnus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where he is currently a professor of voice and the General Director of  the Lyric Theater @ Illinois.  Mr. Gunn is a partner in the Los Angeles City Club, RVCC, which is a forward thinking analog space for artists and entrepreneurs changing the downtown of Los Angeles.

Photo credit: Sandra Powers