Baritone, Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation. He was heard most recently as Papageno in Madison Opera’s production of The Magic Flute, and as the bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Voices of Ascension. Past performances and accolades include a staged version of Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition at the Ordway with the MN Source Song Festival, numerous productions with Madison Opera (including Schaunard in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking), Barber’s Dover Beach at the Apollo Music Festival, the title role of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Santa Fe Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals at the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute. Alan has performed with Madison Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and at the Natchez Opera Festival. In 2009 Alan made his Europeansolo recital debut at the Oslo Grieg Festival, performed as bass soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and won the grand prize at the 2009 Grieg Festival in Winter Park, FL. He also sang the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Renée Fleming and Peter Mattei, and has collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard.
Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College 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 chamber vocal ensemble Cantus, and sang throughout North America and Europe with the ensemble from 1998-2004.
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 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Gordon Lightfoot), Alleluia Amen, Bashana Haba’ah (Manor/Hirsh), and Stick to the Craythur (trad. Irish).