'Barihunk' Nathan Gunn's Top Shirtless Roles

Monday, May 07, 2012

Opera singers have been rarely known for their toned physiques but that is gradually changing as a generation puts to rest the old "fat lady sings" cliché.

Among them is baritone Nathan Gunn, who has received almost as much fame for his strapping build — and unbuttoned shirts — as for his vocal and dramatic talents. For this "topless five," we asked him to name the most memorable roles in which he had to shed some clothing for the sake of the art form.

5. Daniel Catán - Florencia en el Amazonas (Riolobo)
4. Tobias Picker - An American Tragedy (Clive)
3. Péter Eötvös - Love and Other Demons (Father Delaura)
2. Benjamin Britten - Billy Budd (Billy Budd)
1. Gluck - Iphigénie en Tauride (Oreste)

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Peter O'Malley from Oakland

Too bad this is what we think we need to focus on to expand the dwindling audience for opera and real singing!

May. 09 2012 04:44 PM
Karen Ann from Morristown, NJ

It's interesting to compare this with the discussion of the young female pianist who dresses in revealing attire.

May. 09 2012 12:07 PM
David from Flushing

I recall a famous soprano relating that a quick costume change in Salome led to a near disaster during the Dance of the Seven Veils. The undermost upper garment was omitted in error and the soprano was not aware of this until she had discarded all of her veils. She coped by placing her arms alternately over her chest and by instructing nearby male cast members to avert their eyes.

May. 07 2012 02:04 PM

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