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Nathan Berg (Bass-Baritone)

Born: Saskatchewan, Canada

The Canadian bass-baritone. Nathan Berg, studied in Canada, America, and Paris. His studies have taken him finally to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to study with Vera Rozsa. Winner of the Gold Medal for Singers at the Guildhall, he has also won prizes in the Royal Overseas League, Peter Pears, Kathleen Ferrier and Walther Grüner Lieder Competitions.

Nathan Berg has given recitals at the Blackheath Concert Halls, Wigmore Hall, the Musee d'Orsay in Paris with Roger Vignoles, the Harrogate International Festival, the Three Choirs Festival and in Detroit and Montreal for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. With concert repertoire he has travelled extensively with such conductors as Les Arts Florissants, Kurt Masur, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnányi, Philippe Herreweghe, Tortelier, Roger Norrington, Hartmut Haenchen, Helmuth Rilling, Robert King and Raymond Leppard, singing repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel to Gustav Mahler. Recently he has sung Schubert songs with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, Schubert's Mass in A flat at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Belohlavek, L.v. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Washington and his debut at the Edinburgh Festival in a Wolf recital.

Operatic roles have included Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro in Nice and Tourcoing, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for Welsh National Opera, Masetto Don Giovanni and Mercurio in L'Incoronazione di Poppea for Netherlands Opera; Leporello for Tourcoing Opera and Schaunard for the Canadian Opera Company. Most recently he has sung the roles of Leporello and Masetto in the new Peter Brook production of Don Giovanni, conducted by Claudio Abbado and Daniel Harding in Lyon, Milan, Brussels and Tokyo and Les Indes Galantes at the Bastille. Future performances include Leporello at English National Opera, Masetto at Glyndebourne, Les Indes Galantes at the Bastille and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro at Netherlands Opera.

Recent engagements included performances of the Mozart C minor Mass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and The Seasons in Atlanta, Mozartís Requiem with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Missa Solemnis in Baltimore, Jeptha with the RIAS Kammerchor, J.S. Bachís B minor Mass (BWV 232) in Boston and G.F. Handel's Rinaldo with the Academy of Ancient Music. Future concerts include Theodora with Les Arts Florissants, Verdiís Requiem with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Brahmsí Requiem in Colorado, St Louis and Atlanta, Mozartís Requiem at Carnegie Hall and Messiah with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Source: Hyperion Website (1999)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

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Nathan Berg - baritone (Hyperion)


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