Jonathan Nussman is a baritone whose varied interests include opera, theater, and art song, with a special emphasis on music from the 20th and 21st centuries. His strong musicality and thoughtful interpretation have made him a unique performer and contributor to the music scene on both the East and West Coasts.


Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, Mr. Nussman began singing, acting, and composing at an early age. His formal training began at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied voice under Timothy W. Sparks, piano under Zina Astrakhan, and composition with Allen Anderson.  He moved to Boston in 2006 to pursue his master studies at The Boston Conservatory, where he studied voice with Dr. Rebecca Folsom.  Since graduating with his M.M., he has collaborated with many New England opera companies, including Guerilla Opera, Cape Cod Opera, Opera Boston, Longwood Opera, Intermezzo, Juventas New Music Ensemble, MetroWest Opera, the North of Boston Arts Center, Opera del West, the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Light Opera, OperaHub and the Monadnock Music Festival.  

 

As a performer of contemporary art music he frequently premieres new concert pieces by composers from around the world, including works by John Bavicchi, Marti Epstein, Alla Cohen, and John Murphree. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Fellowship in Voice at the soundSCAPE New Music Festival in Maccagno, Italy, where he presented new works by Brian Hulse and David Cutler. He has sung leading roles in the world premiere performances of many operas including Rudolph Rojahn’s We Are Sons (Guerilla Opera, 2008), Jeffrey Brody’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (Longwood Opera, 2011), and Nicholas Vines’ Loose, Wet, Perforated (Guerilla Opera, 2011). In 2012 he collaborated with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra in the world premiere of Pullitzer Prize-nominated composer Harold Farberman’s Three Letters for soprano, baritone, and orchestra. 


The Fall of 2009 marked the beginning of his collaboration with soprano Aliana de la Guardia in a series of innovative recitals under the banner of Dirty Paloma productions. Their debut recital was presented in Brookline, MA, with subsequent performances in Boston and Westwood.  His performance in this program was described as “stunning” by The Boston Music Intelligencer. The duo continue to collaborate frequently, and are currently working on a new project, expected to premiere in the near future; a theatrical collage which re-imagines Schubert’s iconic song cycle Winterreise as a story about death, desperation and zombies. For more information, please visit the Dirty Paloma website.


As a recitalist, Mr. Nussman’s repertoire includes major song cycles and chamber pieces by such composers as Barber, Butterworth, Fauré, John Harbison, Kurtag, Aperghis, Rorem, Honegger, Brahms, Ibert, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, and Poulenc. Notable operatic roles 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). 


In September of 2014 Mr. Nussman moved to West Coast, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in contemporary vocal performance at the prestigious Univisity of California, San Diego.