Guest ArtistsNathan Berg, baritone

Nathan Berg’s career to date has encompassed a vast range of styles and repertoire, and he is in demand by some of the world’s most distinguished conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Emmanuelle Haïm, Roger Norrington, Hans Graf, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Michael Tilson Thomas.

During his early career Mr. Berg made his name as an outstanding interpreter of the baroque and pre-classical repertoire in both concert and opera around the world. He later added leading Mozart roles to his repertoire, including the title role in Don Giovanni in London, Paris and Vancouver. This season he makes his Salzburger Festspiele debut as the King in Christoph Loy’s new production of Ariodante, also on tour in concert to Monte Carlo.

In recent seasons Mr. Berg has simultaneously moved towards the dramatic repertoire, adding the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in his Bolshoi Theatre debut, Alberich (Das Rheingold) with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung, Doktor (Wozzeck) with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and most recently Bluebeard (Bluebeard’s Castle) for Teatr Wielki as well as his role debut as Vodnik (Rusalka) for Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. This season Mr. Berg returns to the role of Alberich for Minnesota Opera, marking his stage debut in Das Rheingold, under Michael Christie.

An active concert artist, Mr. Berg joins the San Diego Symphony Orchestra for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Edo de Waart and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Gianluigi Gelmetti for Missa Solemnis. Whilst at the Salzburger Festspiele Mr. Berg will also make his role debut as Douglas D’Angus in La donna del lago in a concert and recording project.

A Grammy®-nominated and Juno Award-winning artist, Mr. Berg has recorded extensively with Les Arts Florissants, including Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. His Lieder recordings include songs by Othmar Schoeck and the album Lieder Recital with pianist Julius Drake. He has also recorded Dvořák's Stabat Mater with Robert Shaw and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Recent DVD releases include Lully's Armide from the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under William Christie, Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Rameau’s Les Indes galantes with Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset.

Born in Saskatchewan, Nathan Berg studied in his native Canada, the United States, Paris and at the Guildhall School of Music where he won the Gold Medal for Singers.