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starkANathan Stark returns to OSJ in the 2017-18 season, appearing as the King in the North American premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella. Mr. Stark most recently was seen as General Audebert in OSJ’s West Coast premiere of Puts and Campbell’s Silent Night. He made his company debut as Mustafa (Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers) in the company’s 2014-15 season.

Other recent engagements include his debut on the Metropolitan Opera stage as the One-Armed Man in Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten; First Nazarene in Strauss’ Salome with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; the world premieres of Myers’ Buried Alive and Soluri’s Embedded with Fargo-Moorhead Opera’s Poe Project; his return to Madison Opera as Sulpice in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment; bass soloist with Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; featured soloist with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in A Madison Symphony Christmas; Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen and Sylvano in Cavalli’s La Calisto, both with Cincinnati Opera; and bass soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Defiant Requiem Foundation at Strathmore and at the University of New Mexico, under Murry Sidlin.

On the concert stage, Mr. Stark has been a featured soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Verdi’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Elijah, El retablo de Maese Pedro, and Handel’s Messiah. Additionally, he has given recitals throughout the United States and Germany, a concert of American spirituals at the Great Wall of China, performances at the U.S. Colombian Embassy, U.S. French Embassy, the U.S. Austrian Embassy and the Washington National Cathedral. In 2005 he was the featured soloist at the nationally televised opening ceremonies for the Air Force One Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library for former First Ladies, Laura Bush and Nancy Reagan, members and former members of the US Senate and Congress, and former President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Mr. Stark has been a recipient of several vocal awards including the 2010 Fort Worth Opera Marguerite McCammon Competition, the Opera Columbus Vocal Competition, the Brentwood Artist of Tomorrow Competition, the Sun Valley Opera Competition, the Westwood Vocal Competition, the Burbank Aria Competition, first place winner of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Corbett Scholarship Opera Competition, the Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal Competition, the Pasadena Opera Guild Competition, the Opera Buffs Competition, first place winner of the Classical Singers Association Vocal Competition in Los Angeles and was the 2006 district winner of the Metropolitan Opera Vocal Competition, San Diego District.

He holds degrees in opera performance form California State University, Long Beach (B.M. & M.M.) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (A.D.)

Visit Mr. Stark’s website for more information.