Nathan Whitson


“Fafner (the giant who proved the efficacy of Alberich’s curse on his stolen creation by killing his brother Fasolt back in “Rheingold”) was turned into a dragon by his greed; he was sung with wicked basso gusto by Nathan Whitson.”
— Saint Louis Post-Dispatch

“Fafner is the giant who killed his brother for the Rhine gold. Now, in the form of a dragon, he guards it under a mountain. Basso Nathan Whitson is himself a giant of a man. He sings this role with all the beautiful strength and depth one could desire.”
— Broadway World

“Nathan Whitson provided a solid bass as Norma's father, leader of the Druids.”
— The Tampa Bay Times


Nathan Whitson’s Hunding was recently hailed as “a hulking basso tyrant in a hillbilly beard . . . impressive in every way, with a big dark voice that didn’t quit,” by the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch. His stage presence and rich resonant voice have both been noted for their authoritative and stentorian qualities, making him well suited to the bass roles in Wagner’s demanding operas.

Whitson resides in Kansas City, Missouri, and has performed operatic roles with a number of companies near and far, including regular engagements with The Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Winter Opera St. Louis, The St. Petersburg Opera, Union Avenue Opera, and The Ohio Light Opera. In 2008 he was featured in the role of Charles Robinson in Kurt Mechem’s world debut of John Brown with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Known to the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as a dependable professional, Mr. Whitson was honored to be invited to perform the role of Oroveso in Norma on a short four hours’ notice in 2010 when the principle artist could not perform.

His recent engagements have included the roles of Frére Laurent in Romeo et Juliette where he “brought a powerful voice and stentorian presence to his portrayal of Frere Laurent,” according to the Tampa Bay Times, and Oroveso in Bellini’s Norma with the St. Petersburg Opera in Florida. Closer to home, he has recently appeared as both Hunding and Fafner in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Here in Kansas City he recently stunned audiences with his performance as Ciaiphas in Jesus Christ Superstar with the acclaimed Music Theater Heritage where he “deployed a rich bass of operatic resonance, making you fear for the theater's structural integrity." -- The Pitch Whitson discovered his passion for music in high school and subsequently went on to study in New York. There, he was privileged to study under renowned voice teacher, Armen Boyajian, a premiere teacher for male voices with a student roster that has included Samuel Ramey, Gerald Finley, and Paul Plishka.

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