Douglas Nagel, Baritone

1988 – 1992

During the 2011-12 season, DOUGLAS NAGEL serves as stage director for Rimrock Opera’s production of The Crucible  in April 2012, and produced that company’s production of Rigoletto in Oct. 2011 . Previously, he appeared as Scarpia (Tosca) and also directed that production in April 2011.

Mr. Nagel received rave reviews for his performance in the title role of The Flying Dutchman for West Bay Opera’s May 2008 production. He repeated the role at Mobile Opera in 2010. As General Director of Rimrock Opera, Mr. Nagel directed performances of The Barber and Seville and La bohéme for their 2009 – 2010 season.

During the 2006 – 2007 season, Mr. Nagel left his Artistic Directing position at Opera Idaho and returned to OSJ to serve as Director of Education, bringing a tour of The Night Harry Stopped Smoking, an anti-smoking musical theatre production, to more than 30 schools within Santa Clara County. The performances, which were made possible by grants from Kaiser, Good Samaritan and O’Connor Hospitals, was praised by the schools and health educators for its innovative and engaging approach to teaching children about the dangers of smoking.

After serving as Artistic Director of Rimrock Opera for eight seasons, Mr. Nagel created the role of General Director of that company starting in 2007, the position he currently holds. Rimrock Opera is celebrating 20 years of productions. During that time, Mr. Nagel has produced and directed most productions including The Marriage of Figaro, Così, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, The Merry Widow, Elixir of Love, La traviata, Die Fledermaus, Hansel & Gretel, Girl of the Golden West, Tosca and Die Zauberflöte.

Mr. Nagel has sung many roles including Bartolo (The Barber of Seville) with Cedar Rapid’s Opera, Helena Symphony, Intermountain Opera, Bear Valley Music Festival, OSJ; Thomas Putnam (The Crucible) for OSJ; Scarpia (Tosca) for Virginia Opera, Opera Idaho, El Paso Opera, Rimrock Opera; Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni) Virginia Opera; Leporello (Don Giovanni) for Virginia Opera, Opera Idaho; Germont (La traviata) Opera San Angelo, Virginia Opera; Wotan (Das Rheingold) for the Wagner Society of Northern California; Creon (Oedipus Rex) with Berkeley Symphony; Jokanaan (Salome) for Virginia Opera, Opera Co. of Philadelphia, Opera Columbus; Francisco de Santander in the world premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Simón Bolívar, which he also performed in London’s Royal Albert Hall in a concert presentation sponsored by the BBC; Title role in Busoni’s (Doktor Faustus) with Berkeley Symphony; Trulove (The Rakes Progress) for West Bay Opera; Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro) at Western Slope Music Festival; Count Orlock (Dracula) in Alva Henderson’ world premiere of Nosferatu; Magnifico (La Cenerentola) for Eugene Opera and Opera Santa Barbara; Monterrone (Rigoletto) for OSJ.

Following his departure from Opera San José in 1992, Mr. Nagel made his European debut in Rostock, Germany, as Jokanaan in Richard Strauss’ Salome which he repeated for that same company the following season.

For more information, contact Mr. Nagel directly at gd@rimrockopera.org