by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Nathan Herfindahl, a baritone with an impressive opera resume, will be the director of a new young men’s chorus in Elk River that will start organizing next week.
“We are very excited about him,” said Eileen Bowersox, director of Command Performance, the local organization for girls choirs that’s now adding a boys group. “He has an incredible opera background, including the Metropolitan Opera. Six months ago he had the lead role in a Beijing opera.”
Herfindahl is currently teaching at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, which Bowerox’s daughter Emily attends. The Silver Bay native is living in Elk River, and his wife Amy is an elementary music teacher in Zimmerman.
The new choir for middle and high school boys will have its first rehearsals on Monday, March 21. Interested persons should contact Bowersox at 441-2837 or Herfindahl at 218-290-2509.
“Before he started his performance career, Nathan did a lot of conducting,” said Bowersox. “That’s his day job now, working with high-school-age students at the Conservatory.”
Herfindahl’s web site, nathanherfindahl.com, lists his many roles including title roles in Rigoletto and Ganni Schicchi, Marcello in La Boheme, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Prince Yamadon in Madame Butterfly, and Gene in Evelyn, World Premier.
He recently completed his tenure as a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with Washington National Opera, where he performed the roles of Ping in Turnadot, Baron Douphol and Germont in La Traviata, Schaunard in La Boheme, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Father in Hansel and Gretel. He was involved in the Metropolitan Opera’s premier of Shostakovich’s “The Nose.”
In the past year, he participated in recital in Beijing, China with Placido Domingo; made his European debut singing Massetto (Don Giovanni) in Monte Carlo, and attended the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy working with Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Frederica von Stade.