A “tall, majestic bass” with “impeccable technique” and “a palpable presence on stage,” Canadian bass-baritone Nathan Berg has enjoyed a career spannning a vast range of repertoire on the concert and operatic stage.
He has recently earned worldwide acclaim for his portrayals of the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in his Bolshoi Theatre debut, Alberich in Das Rheingold with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, Doktor in Wozzeck with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, for which he won a Grammy Award, and his company debut at Teatro alla Scala in Robert Carsen’s world-premiere production of Battistelli’s CO2.
In the 2022-2023 season, Nathan Berg will return to the LA Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, will debut the role of Melisso in Alcina with Les Violons du Roy, join Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain for Bach’s Mass in b minor, and the New Jersey Symphony for Bruckner’s Te Deum. Mr. Berg also returns to the Metropolitan Opera to undersudy the roles of Balstrode in Peter Grimes, Filippo in Verdi’s Don Carlos and the Marquis de La Force in Dialogues des carmélites.
In the 2021-2022 season, Mr. Berg made his Metropolitan Opera stage debut as The Father in the New York premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, returned to Theater Basel for his first King Philippe in Don Carlos, and debuted the role of Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Taiwan Philharmonic. He also led a residency with Opera Lafayette in Taos, New Mexico, culminating in peformances of Grétry’s rarely-performed Silvain in both New York and Washington, DC.
In his vast range of styles and repertoire, Mr. Berg is in demand by the world’s most distinguished conductors, including Sir Andrew Davis, Hannu Lintu, Roger Norrington, Hans Graf, Donald Runnicles, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Born in Saskatchewan, Nathan Berg studied in Canada, the United States, and Paris, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music, London, where he won the prestigious Gold Medal for Singers.