Operatic Tenor, Nathan Granner is recognized throughout the world as a generative, solo and collaborative artist. His buoyant yet elegant personality shines from the stage and his voice fills the hall with a beautiful rich timbre.
Granner is a uniquely gifted. As a founding member of the Sony Masterworks recording group, The American Tenors and with leading operatic characters such as Nemorino, Ferrando, Fenton and Tamino under his belt, his voice fits that rare heroic, vulnerable, refined quality that defines the classic lyric tenor.
Through collaborations with multiple artists and producers in the medium of Opera, Concerts, Recorded Audio, Musical Theater and Performance Installation, Nathan has received critical acclaim from The Boston Globe, The London Times, The New York Times, Opera News, Washington Post, USA Today, Kansas City Star and KCMETROPOLIS.org among others.
A graduate of University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and a Metropolitan Opera National Council Semi-Finalist, Mr. Granner performs all over the world in opera, concerts, recitals with avant-garde and pop/ jazz being his guilty pleasure. He is also an avid karaoke devotee.
Starting his career as a young artis with Utah Festival Opera, Glimmerglass opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Granner soon after went on to sign with Sony Classical (now Sony Materworks) under the leadership of now Metropolitan Opera Genreral Director, Peter Gelb and has spent the early part of his career singing with Amarillo Opera, Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Wolf Trap Opera, as well as having been a featured artist with Opera Tampa and Tulsa Opera.
He loves and champions new opera most recently creating roles in four short operas by Russell Thorpe, John Chittum, Hunter Long and Eli Houghland with Blackhouse Improvisers Collective and Kansas City Electroinic Music Association. One of those operas garnered his most interesting role to date as that of Kanye West.
Granner concertizes regionally, nationally and internationally with the likes of fellow tenor Ben Gulley, guitarist Beau Bledsoe, pianists Jesse Lynch, Mark Lowrey and a handful of otherworldly talented artists from every genre of music and the visual arts. Notably, he has been with the Diaghilev Seasons Festival in Perm, Russia, the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Irish Radio Orchestra, the Handel/Haydn Society, and Orchestra Iowa, among others.
In addition to true solo artistic and hand-made concerts, he performs the tenor parts in the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven's 9th, Mozart Requiem, Elijah, Carmina Burana (with the high D), Handel's Messiah and in a number of Bach Cantatas, collaborating regularly with the Bach Aria Soloists, all to very favorable critical review.
As an artist, the intense exploration of his voice and the elements of vocal music has taken Nathan from creating Pop adventures with composer Jeffrey Rukaman (WeeSmallHours), to singing Classical Repertoire, authentic Flamenco & classic Turkish styles with Ben Gulley (Gulley/Granner) Beau Bledsoe (Granner/Bledsoe). Jazz and new compositions with composers such as Brad Cox, Hunter Long, John Chittum and others and has even led him further to study and write music in Kargyraa style (Throat or Overtone singing) with a Tibetan Monk. For some, this may seem a bit exotic, but for the contemporary artist, it is basic that one must travel a thousand miles to take one step.
Nathan Granner recently artistic directed and sang in the first National PBS taping at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City and was producing artist and co-producing artist in three national tours.
His latest endeavors are creating the Multi-Course Performance, an immersive installation experience of Classical Music, Cuisine and Projective Art and singing with guitarist Krzysztof Meisinger ensemble and State theater of Poland (Teatr Polski) to sing the tenor in Astor Piazzolla's opera, "Maria de Buenos Aires," where Granner will be returning summer 2014.
Please browse around the nathangranner.com website to learn more about the artist.