NATHAN MEDLEY has emerged in recent years as one of the leading younger-generation countertenors, with notable success internationally in concert and opera. He has sung at some of the major stages of the world, including the English National Opera and Barbican Centre in London; La Salle Pleyel in Paris; Palais de Musique, Strasbourg; Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw; the Lucerne Festival; Avery Fisher Hall in New York; and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Recent performances have brought him to the Boston Early Music Festival (as Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Opera Omaha, Pacific MusicWorks, Mercury Baroque, Seraphic Fire, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Cincinnati Collegium, Miami Bach Society, and Dayton Bach Society. He is a member of Echoing Air, an ensemble focused on music of the Baroque and modern eras composed for countertenor.
He made his professional debut in 2012 in John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which was recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon label. He returned to Los Angeles in 2013 for Peter Sellers’ staged performances of The Gospel, which toured to Switzerland and New York City, and again in 2015 under the baton of John Adams, performing Olga Neuwirth’s theatrical song/play, Hommage á Klaus Nomi.
His opera credits include Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina (Opera Omaha), Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Boston Early Music Festival), Athamus in Semele (Pacific Music Works, Seattle), Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dema in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, La Peinture in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants, Acteon in Charpentier’s Acteon, and Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, where critics in Cleveland praised him for an interpretation “sung with Baroque perfection.” In May 2016 he premiered a new piece by John Harbison for countertenor and viola da gamba consort in Chicago with Second City Musick.