A native of Billings, Montana, bass-baritone Doug Nagel graduated from the University of Wyoming and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Before beginning a very
active singing career for over 10 years, Nagel taught three
years at the University of California, East Bay.
made his American Wagner debut as the title role in The Flying
Dutchman for Buffalo Opera, and later sang the role for Mobile
Opera, West Bay Opera and the San Francisco Wagner Society.
Other company debuts included Arizona Opera, Sacramento
Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Cedar Rapids Opera,
Opera Columbus, Des Moines Metro Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera
Co. of Philadelphia, Opera El Paso, Longview Opera, Nevada
Opera, Rogue Opera, Opera Idaho, and Eugene Opera.
sang a wide repertoire from Scarpia, Giovanni, Germont,
Magnifico, Falke, Frank, Michele, Dulcamara, Sharpless,
Pasquale, Onegin, Renato, Zurga, Leporello, Marcello, Bartolo,
Timur, Trulove, Blitch, Simone, Schicchi, Sprecher, Danilo,
Figaro, and Wotan.
The role of John the Baptist in Salome
was one of Mr. Nagel’s signature roles as he made his European
debut in Rostock, Germany, and repeated it with Opera Columbus,
The Virginia Opera and The Opera Co. of Philadelphia. In fact,
he even traveled with his own “head.”
Doug created the
role of Theseus in Roumanis’ Phaedra, broadcast on PBS
throughout the U.S. He received international attention when he
created the role of Francisco de Santander in the Virginia Opera
world premiere of Thea Musgrave’s Simon Bolívar, later singing
excerpts from the production at the Royal Albert Hall, London,
broadcast on the BBC.
Other world premiere operas
include West of Washington Square, Polpolvu, Powder Her Face,
and Wuornos. Mr. Nagel is heard on CD by Albany Records in the
title role of Count Orlock (Dracula) in Rimrock Opera’s world
premiere recording of Henderson/Gioia’s Nosferatu. Nagel covered
the role in 2018.
After holding Artistic Director (AD)
positions at Rogue Opera and Opera Idaho, Mr. Nagel helped the
board of directors form a new company in Billings-The Rimrock
Opera, where he was the AD for 13 years.
and directed two productions each season, toured throughout
Montana and Wyoming with a school tour, in addition to all of
the administrative trappings of holding this position.
Mr. Nagel is Department of Music CoChair and Associate
Professor of Voice and Choral Studies at Montana State
In addition to conducting two
choirs and teaching Vocal Pedagogy, Choral Conducting and Lyric
Diction, Doug maintains a large applied Voice Studio.
Mr. Nagel is VP on the Nova board of directors, where he also
continues to direct and sing operatic productions.