‘Solo’ turn is a new experience for famed baritone Nathan Gunn
We’ve created a really universal story that’s funny, beautiful, touching, sad, uplifting. It isn’t just my story – it’s everybody’s story.Nathan Gunn, speaking with Eric Marchese (The Orange County Register)
Nathan Gunn is about to “fly solo” in an all-new show that uses text and songs to depict the famed opera baritone’s singular career and life.
The world premiere of “Nathan Gunn: Flying Solo,” opening at Laguna Playhouse, stars Gunn, was developed by Gunn and Hershey Felder, and written and directed by Felder.
The show’s title derives from the fact that Gunn has never appeared on stage without being part of a cast. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera in London, Paris Opéra and dozens more of the world’s most famous opera houses – so doing a solo show in a more intimate 500-seat theater marks a huge change of pace.
In a recent phone interview, Gunn said the show’s roughly 20 selections represent “a wide variety” of styles: “opera, musical theater, old Scottish tunes, lullabies, arias.” Their purpose? “All fit into the story to help move it along.”
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