Nathan Berg
Bass-baritone

“This tall, majestic bass is a brilliant actor and a palpable presence on stage” (Financial Times)

Contacts

Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Biography

Early in his career Nathan Berg established his name as an outstanding interpreter of baroque and pre-classical music, both in concert and opera. To this he soon added multiple Mozart operatic roles with performances around the globe. He has in recent seasons made a move into dramatic repertoire including the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in his Bolshoi Theatre debut, Alberich (Das Rheingold) with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung and Doktor (Wozzeck) with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Berg continues this move in 2015/16 with Mariusz Trelinkski’s new production of Bluebeard’s Castle for Teatr Wielki, Vodnik (Rusalka) for Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and a return to Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as Doktor under Markus Stenz.

Early in his career Nathan Berg established his name as an outstanding interpreter of baroque and pre-classical music, both in concert and opera. To this he soon added multiple Mozart operatic roles with performances around the globe. He has in recent seasons made a move into dramatic repertoire including the title role in Der fliegende Holländer in his Bolshoi Theatre debut, Alberich (Das Rheingold) with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung and Doktor (Wozzeck) with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Berg continues this move in 2015/16 with Mariusz Trelinkski’s new production of Bluebeard’s Castle for Teatr Wielki, Vodnik (Rusalka) for Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts and a return to Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra as Doktor under Markus Stenz.
 
In his vast range of styles and repertoire Berg is in demand by some of the world’s most distinguished conductors including Kurt Masur, Esa-Pekka Salonen, William Christie, Roger Norrington, Hans Graf, Philippe Herreweghe, Vasily Petrenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Michael Tilson Thomas. As a recording artist he has performed on over 30 recordings with multiple Grammy nominations.

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Ian Stones +44 (0)20 3725 9104
Clare Erskine +44 (0)20 3725 9145

Reviews

“...bass baritone Nathan Berg was superb as the desperate and furious Sam.” (Lev Bratishenko, The Gazette, August 2014)

“Baritone Nathan Berg, as Pater ecstaticus, soared.” (Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman, June 2014)

“We happily find once again the Huascar of Nathan Berg, an extraordinary actor, who transfigures his character, plying his resonant voice... the hymns to the sun become compliments to Phani.” (Laurent Bury, Forumopera, February 2014)

“...bass baritone Nathan Berg was superb as the desperate and furious Sam.” (Lev Bratishenko, The Gazette, August 2014)

“Baritone Nathan Berg, as Pater ecstaticus, soared.” (Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman, June 2014)

“We happily find once again the Huascar of Nathan Berg, an extraordinary actor, who transfigures his character, plying his resonant voice... the hymns to the sun become compliments to Phani.” (Laurent Bury, Forumopera, February 2014)

“Baritone Nathan Berg looked and sounded the part and his singing had excellent presence and intensity.” (John Quinn, Seen and Heard International, July 2013)

“As the star Elijah, Nathan Berg sang with a ringing bass-baritone snarl, and gave his many recitatives fiery and passionate expression ... His final aria, in which Elijah gladly accepts his fate and death, was beautifully sung from start to finish.”
(Examiner.com, May 2013)

“Nathan Berg, bass-baritone, sang the role of Elijah. He has an enormous voice and his diction was absolutely consistent and superb…[he] had seemingly infinite control over dynamics.” 
(OpusColorado.com, May 2013)

“Nathan Berg’s muscular, earthy bass-baritone was ideal for Raphael and, in Part III, Adam [Haydn’s The Creation].” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, December 2012)

“His large voice, his impeccable vocal production and his indisputable stage presence allow him to triumph on stage” (Classiqueinfo, May 2012)

“One must say that theatrically Nathan Berg as Huascar is of a brutality that terrorizes, and his voice seems immense. . . At the very top [of the soloists] the Huascar of baritone Nathan Berg is worthy of admiration for his incarnation which is nearly cinematic. The voice is large and the vocal production solidly in place.” (Classiquenews, May 2012)

“It is to the music and to it alone that we are left, magnificently served by Nathan Berg, a Huascar of high class” (Anaclase, May 2012)

“Even if he has - alas! - little to do in this work, Nathan Berg, who clearly has much practice with the role of Valens, offered a miracle of vocal ease and theatrical characterization.” (Theodora Enflamme l’Arsenal - ResMusica, March 2012)

“Among the outstanding soloists, Nathan Berg’s oaken bass-baritone suggested in the Tuba mirum that the Day of Judgement was at hand.” (Mozart:Requiem - Financial Times, February 2011)

“Berg produces a deep, rich bass sound, and yet, up higher, it's a gorgeous light baritone. He's very intelligent and expressive, easily and convincingly changing moods and characters . . . Diction, phrasing, tuning and ornaments are all top-notch, and he works with a range of colours and shades.” (Opera Canada, February 2009)

“Berg's assets are many. His technique is impeccable, and a byproduct of that is beautiful diction. He can differentiate the sound at will from brilliant to soft and at both extremes of his wide range... His articulation is utterly precise in even the smallest of turns or division notes.” (Opera News, February 2009)

“…the singer Nathan Berg is one of the best oratorio singers ever to have appeared in the Mann Auditorium. His voice has excellent resonance, is quite clear, and handles without difficulty even the lowest notes.” (HA’ARETZ, March 2009)

“Berg's deep, profound tonings are gorgeously virile and downright chilling in the more fearsome portrayals, yet, on occasions when more affection is called for, he can carry in that manliness a certain emotional restraint. This is a superb voice delivering both beauty and vigour” (The WholeNote, December 7, 2008)