alan dunbar, bartione
Lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation, baritone Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, at home in opera, oratorio, art song, and folk and popular music. Upcoming engagements include Bartolo in Madison Opera’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and a solo recital with pianist Gregory Martin at the 2015 International Grieg Festival. Recent performances and accolades include Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking with Madison Opera, the title role of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Santa Fe Opera, the world premiere of Shawn Allison’s Age of Catastrophe’s with the Spektral Quartet, Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals at the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute. In 2012 Alan debuted with Madison Opera as Alidoro in La Cenerentola, and covered the lead role of Prophet/King in the world premiere of Dark Sisters with Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia. Other opera appearances include the Composer and the cover of Mr. Scattergood in Menotti's The Last Savage with Santa Fe Opera, Sweeney Todd in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Scenes, the title role in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle at the Natchez Opera Festival, and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Renée Fleming and Peter Mattei. During his time at Indiana University, Alan sang principal roles in twelve IU Opera Theater productions, including Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Leporello (Don Giovanni), Dulcamara (L'elisir d'Amore), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), and Jules Goddard (A Wedding).
In addition to opera, Alan has extensive experience on the concert stage, singing bass solos in performances of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Mozart Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, and the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has also garnered special praise for his interpretation of J. S. Bach’s Passions and sacred cantatas. In conjunction with winning the 2009 Grieg Festival Competition in Winter Park, FL, Alan made his European solo recital debut with performances at the 2009 Oslo Grieg Festival and the Troldhaugen recital series in Bergen, Norway. He has collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard. A strong proponent of new works, Alan continues to collaborate with established and emerging composers. He has premiered pieces by Elliot Carter, Nico Muhly, Shawn Allison, and Edwin Penhorwood.
Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MM and DM in vocal performance from Indiana University, where he studied with Costanza Cuccaro. Alan was a founding member of the Minnesota-based internationally acclaimed male chamber vocal ensemble Cantus, performing for seven seasons throughout the United States and Europe. During his tenure with Cantus, he recorded ten albums and appeared as a soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, at the Oregon Bach Festival, the 2002 World Choral Symposium, and the 2003 Polyphonia Festival in Normandy, France. He has also composed and arranged many pieces for the ensemble, including Alleluia Amen, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Bashana Haba'ah, and Stick to the Craythur.