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International Baritone Nathan Gunn Appointed Director of Opera Company of Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Council

09.12.12
Nathan Gunn
Opera Company of Philadelphia

Affirming its place as an emerging leader in the development of new operatic works, the Opera Company of Philadelphia announced today that Nathan Gunn, internationally-renowned baritone, has been appointed as the director of its newly-formed American Repertoire Council.  In this capacity, Gunn will work with Opera Company of Philadelphia General Director David B. Devan to lead and populate a steering council focused on advancing the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s American Repertoire Program, a commitment to produce a new American work in 10 consecutive seasons.  The program launched in June 2012, with four announced co-commissioned operas as part of both the Aurora Series for Chamber Opera at the Perelman Theater and the Opera at the Academy Series. 

 “We are honored and thrilled to have Nathan step into this prominent role at the Opera Company of Philadelphia,” shared Devan.  “This partnership is born out of a genuine alignment between our company goals of driving momentum in the creation of new opera, and an artist who has an authentic track record as a performer and champion of American works throughout his career.  Nathan has been contributing to our company on stage since 1996, and we believe that in this new position, he will play a key role in bringing countless important new opera projects to fruition in coming seasons."

“It is a privilege to be asked by the Opera Company of Philadelphia to take on this role at such a pivotal time in my career and in the company’s history,” Gunn shared at the press conference.  “I know, firsthand, the many challenges of creating lasting new work – the importance of putting together complementary creative partners, choosing the right artists, and identifying the resources to create something meaningful and relevant for today’s audiences.  I always enjoy when my work on the stage brings me to Philadelphia.  I think it’s particularly appropriate that a city known for its revolutionary spirit has made this significant commitment to the future of American work.”

Gunn will work closely with General Director Devan, Music Director Corrado Rovaris, and OCP Artistic Advisor Mikael Eliasen on artistic planning for future seasons, and will lead meetings of the American Repertoire Council, a committed group of national advisors with varying roles and involvement in the creation of new repertoire.  Gunn will also serve as artistic counsel to OCP’s two Composers in Residence, Lembit Beecher and Missy Mazzoli, as they each pursue their three-year development track in the creation of new operatic works.

Gunn’s appointment begins this month, with further announcements regarding the American Repertoire Council are planned for the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s season gala, N.O.W.:  A Celebration of New Operatic Works, which coincides with the East Coast Premiere if Silent Night in February 2013.