Jonathan Nussman is a baritone whose varied interests include opera, theater, and chamber music, with a special emphasis on music from the 20th and 21st centuries. His strong musicality and thoughtful interpretations have made him a unique performer and contributor to the music scene on both the East and West Coasts. As a performer, he explores multi-disciplinary intersections of contemporary vocal practice, theater, new technologies, performance art, visual art, movement and dance, improvisation, and more traditional operatic and concert repertoire.

Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Jonathan began singing, acting, and composing at an early age. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then received a masters degree in music from The Boston Conservatory. He lived in Boston for eight years, working as a freelance singer in the New England area and maintaining an active private teaching studio. During this time Jonathan performed with approximately twenty Boston-area opera companies and musical organizations, and appeared at music festivals in New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, North Carolina and Italy. He also made several appearances with the innovative company Guerilla Opera, including a devilish production of Andy Vores’ No Exit, in which he was described by The Boston Globe as bringing a “stentorian voice and implacable demeanor to [the role of] the Valet.” 

In 2014 Jonathan moved to the West Coast, where he is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) in contemporary vocal performance at the University of California, San Diego. Recent major performances include George Crumb’s Songs, Drone and Refrains of Death, György Kurtág’s Hölderlin-Gesänge, and Luciano Berio’s Sinfonia with the La Jolla Symphony.

As a recitalist, Mr. Nussman’s repertoire includes major song cycles and chamber pieces by such composers as Barber, Butterworth, Fauré, John Harbison, Kurtág, Aperghis, Rorem, Honegger, Brahms, Ibert, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and Poulenc. On the operatic stage he has performed over forty roles, including thirteen world-premiere productions. Notable roles in his repertoire include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Bluff (The Impresario), Colas (Bastien und Bastienne), Enrico (L’isola disabitata), Marcello (La Bohème), Angelotti (Tosca), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Don Inigo Gomez (L’Heure Espagnole), Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors), John Brooke (Little Women), Sid (Albert Herring) and Junius (The Rape of Lucretia).