06. September 2010 · Comments Off on Nathan Gunn · Categories: Quotes, Symphony

Our first Symphony Silicon Valley will include Nathan Gunn. He’s such a fabulous singer, and I’m looking forward to it. He’s got such a great voice, and I do hope we get a good audience.

(Now I will confess that right now my “fear factor” is high and my “courage card” is missing. Go figure. Something about a — cough cough — concert I played last season that shall not again be mentioned.)

Nathan Gunn has also done Camelot with the New York Philharmonic (yep, they did musical theater … we do musical theater too … how ’bout that?). I ran across an interview with him and Part Two includes this:

I love doing “Camelot” and working with the musical theater people. What I love about them is that they have an incredible work ethic. They put in so many hours. They put on eight shows a week and seem tireless in the amount of time that they dedicate to preparing and performing these shows. We are pampered as opera singers.

Would I commit to a Broadway show? I can’t imagine it happening.It doesn’t fit the operatic world, in which we contract for our time so many years in the future. I will do semi-staged musicals and concerts with excerpts from musicals, but that is as far as I would be able to go.

Currently, I am planning a show with Mandy Patinkin. He loves words and storytelling. We are getting together something on the order of a “Martin and Lewis” collaboration.

Here’s Part One if you are interested in that as well.

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