Faculty Profile

Jonathan Nadel
Voice

Jonathan Nadel, lyric tenor, has performed opera, oratorio, concert, and choral roles throughout the United States and Western Europe. 

He has sung with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Festival Opera, Golden West Opera, Berkeley Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, Opera Piccola, Mendocino Music Festival, Sonoma City Opera, North Bay Opera, Apollo Educational Touring Opera, Trinity Repertory Company, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the San Francisco Sinfonietta, Harvard Pro Musica, Mill Valley Festival, Belmont Symphony, the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute, the American Bach Soloists, and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, among others.

In recent seasons, Nadel performed the roles of Emperor Altoum in Turandot with his company debut at Festival Opera, Enki in Marcia Burchard’s new opera The Descendent of Inanna at Dominican University, Alfredo in La Traviata with the San Francisco Lyric Opera, Edgardo in Lucia Di Lammermoor with Golden West Opera and the tenor roles of Obadjah and Ahab in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the San Jose Symphonic Choir. Other operatic roles include Bastien with Pocket Opera, Basilio with North Bay Opera, Nemorino with Arizona Opera Outreach, the Witch in Hänsel and Gretel at Quisisana resort in Maine, and Strange Man in the world premiere of Wuornos at the Yerba Buena Center. Concert roles include Schubert’s Mass in G and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis Gloria at the Mondavi Center, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G, Finzi’s Magnificat with the Contra Costa Chorale, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Andover Academy, Theobald in Schubert’s Wedding Roast with Pocket Opera, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass at Brandeis University, Mozart’s Mass in C at the Church of the Advent in Boston, and the title role in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the West Marin Music Festival.

His students have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Festival Opera, West Bay Opera, Sacramento Opera, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, The China Broadcasting Performing-Arts Group, Institut Goethe – Paris, Aspen Music Festival, BASOTI, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Woodminster Summer Musicals, TheatreWorks, New Conservatory Theater, Mission City Opera, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Seaside Music Theater – Florida, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Oakland East Bay Symphony Chorus, Théâtre Adyar – Paris, Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Quisisana Resort – Maine, Les Misérables National Tour, and many others.

In addition to his applied voice studio at UC Davis, Mr. Nadel teaches in Berkeley and El Cerrito. He holds degrees in Music and History from UC Berkeley and earned a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied voice under Richard Hughes. He has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi USA, Koch International, Centaur, Arsis, Newport Classics, and Pro Música labels.

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