Nathan has made a name for himself as a conductor, performer, and educator. As an operatic baritone he is a former member of the prestigious Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera (WNO) where he had the distinguished pleasure to work extensively with famed tenor, Plácido Domingo. Nathan’s many past engagements have included turns as Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Rigoletto (Rigoletto), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marcello (La Bohème), Ping (Turandot), Count di Luna (Il Trovatore), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Daniel Webster (The Devil and Daniel Webster), Prince Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Gene (Evelyn, World Premiere), Dancaïro (Carmen), and Gianni Schicchi (Gianni Schicchi). Nathan has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Opera de Monte Carlo, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Minnesota Concert Opera, The National Symphony Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Duluth Festival Opera, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the Keweenaw Symphony, the Buffalo Community Orchestra, and the Heartland Symphony Orchestra.
As a conductor, Mr. Herfindahl has directed choirs in performance of works including; Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem. His choirs have been featured in performance throughout the region including engagements as a showcase ensemble at the MMEA Midwinter Clinic, the SCSU Big Sing, and recently earned a Cantus High School Residency. Throughout his tenure, his choirs have been praised for their “exquisite tone” and “mature phrasing.” As a director, Nathan has staged performances of numerous musicals including; Newsies, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, Gianni Schicchi, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Seussical, My Fair Lady, The 146 Point Flame, Nora’s Lost, Fire Exit, and The One Act Play Disaster. Nathan holds a B.M. in Vocal Music Education and a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota Duluth and is currently pursuing his D.M.E. in Music Education from Liberty University. See more at www.nathanherfindahl.com