Canadian-American baritone, Nathan David McDonald, is an artist committed to fostering connection and cultivating beauty through the vocal arts. Often lauded for his vocal versatility, Nathan commands a repertoire spanning several centuries, from Renaissance Polyphony to Modern Opera. With a diverse musical background, including a degree in trumpet and seven years as a church Music Director, Nathan brings a wealth of experience and musicianship to his craft.
Active as an oratorio singer, Nathan has appeared with a variety of West Coast ensembles such as the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Victoria Baroque Players, Cowichan Consort, and Vox Humana Chamber Choir. 2016-2017 season highlights included Handel's Joshua and Mozart's Requiem with the Victoria Choral Society, Monteverdi's Vespers with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Bach's St. John Passion with the Victoria Baroque Players, Bach's Magnificat with the Sook Philharmonic, the debut of a recently uncovered cantata by Graupner at the Pacific Baroque Festival, a solo recital featuring Brahms' Four Serious Songs, and a concert of Venetian choral music with the Tallis Scholars under Peter Philips in New York City.
Recent operatic highlights include Nathan's mainstage debut with Pacific Opera Victoria (POV) as Fiorello in Rossini's Barber of Seville; solo chorus in the POV's school touring production of Mary's Wedding by Andrew Macdonald; performing the role of Papageno in POV's Living Opera in schools program; and singing the role of Marcello in Puccini's La Bohème at Edmonton's NUOVA festival. Other operatic roles include Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro - Mozart), Dandini (La Cenerentola – Rossini), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte – Mozart), Marco (Gianni Schicchi – Puccini), Colas (Bastien und Bastienne – Mozart), and Mr. Gobineau (The Medium – Menotti).
Nathan has presented recitals in Canada and the United States, and has sung professionally in choirs on 4 continents. A veteran of youth-oriented choral projects, Nathan has sung several times with the National Youth Choir of Canada and World Youth Choir, as well as the Carnegie Hall Chamber Choir (New York, NY), JSB Ensemble (Stuttgart, Germany), and Academia Internacional Teatro del Lago (Chile). Nathan is a member of the Voice Factuly at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is mentored by soprano, Nancy Argenta.