NATHAN GRANNER is a world-renowned leading tenor, headliner, solo and collaborative artist. Specializing in Contemporary & Classic Opera, Vocal Jazz, Authentic Flamenco and Tango, Soul, Pop, Crossover and even Tuvan Throat Singing, Mr. Granner keeps a varied and interesting variety of projects on his schedule.
Nathan has created numerous characters in world premiere operas including the role of Korey Wise in Anthony Davis' Pulitzer Prize winning "The Central Park Five," the title character in Stewart Copeland’s "The Invention of Morel" for Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera and the role of Aubrey Wells in Laura Kaminsky's newest opera Today it Rains with Opera Paralléle.
This year Nathan has entered the film and animation world as Rob Hall in the animated graphic novel adaptation of "Everest" and the title character in Gordon Getty's new film, "Goodbye Mr.Chips." Later he will be in Portland Opera in a new production of "Central Park Five" and sings his first Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata" at Fort Worth Opera.
Mr. Granner has used his skills as a producing artist to create a multitude of video performances for a number of different organizations, including "Sing Out Loud" a web series for LA Opera’s (with his wife, soprano Jamie Chamberlin).
Granner's work as a recording artist (with Sony Classical, as a founding member of The American Tenors), netted a top five on the Billboard Classical-Crossover charts and as a headliner has sent him touring across the nation and into the EU and Russia.
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Interview with Nathan Granner
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I’d love to work with pianist Stanislav Iudenitch (again). He’s one of the best pianists in the world and when we played together the world stopped. He plays the piano with an intensity of feeling, and also allows for others to offer their own artistic statement. What happens for the audience is a once in a lifetime musical experience.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The performance is everything.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I am currently working on a cross of classic and contemporary opera.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is honestly my tone, followed by the ability to make the music sound completely natural.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a multiple of levels to a song. First, I love to sing. The art is the most important thing. I have a core tone. It’s a combination of brightness at the center, surrounded by a rich mahogany to balance it out. I can put lots of styles to play. Classically virtuosic, old school jazz, sophisticated pop, even soul. It really depends upon the arrangements.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When learning and realizing music, I usually work on the notes and rhythms first, then I move to the text. The text to me, though is the key. Live performances are sacred to me. I am a performer and my every aim is to connect the music to the occasion and connect my patrons to the music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record anywhere from a closet studio, to high-end studios. I make a good recording, but higher quality can be reached.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by all types of music and producers. Awet Artegun, Brian Wilson are both some classic producers and sounds I love, but I also just like to throw a great mic in a nice space and capture the reality.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly am a leading tenor for 19th century and new opera works. Singing on the stage is the bulk of my work in normal times. But I have lots of recordings on both major and smaller labels and have some television experience.