Friday, September 25, 2009

FM Nathan Resika

Nathan Resika commented on a previous post about multiple Mike's, Capablanca's, and Marisol's.

Following his invitation I did visit his website, and recommend you go to his audio samples - - he has a beautiful voice - perfect for loading your ipods for a big tournament. rjo

Hi Bernardo!! I knew the resemblance was uncanny , Maestro! check my website! ... and yes I still play chess for fun and I'm now Fide master. I learned a lot at the Boylston club. I remember playing you in my first Boylston tourney in 86! at the Combat zone location.;p with Lukowiak giving a lecture. Best always and How are you?
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from his bio on his website:
While carving out a niche for himself as a Mozartian singer who also often interprets modern works, Bass Nathan Resika has been praised for his “sonorous” voice by more than one critic. Metropolitan Opera tenor and diction coach Nico Castel wrote that Nathan is ”gifted with a splendid bass instrument…musical…intelligent..He had an excellent working relationship with his colleagues”. Of Nathan's february'09 performance in Center for Contemporary Opera's "Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", Award winning composer Barry O'Neal noted "Nathan can really act with his voice,which has an amazingly rich, dark sound,with powerful low notes". Raised in New York City by a musical family, Nathan sang, acted, and played classical & folk guitar from an early age,and continued his studies at both New England Conservatory and the Longy School. Nathan’s rising career has seen him performing roles with, among others, the Caramoor Opera Festival, the Center for Contemporary Opera, New Jersey Opera, Connecticut Lyric Opera, the Belleayre Music Festival, Utah Festival Opera, and Opera Orchestra of New York’s Artist Program. Upcoming performances include a May 9th concert as bass soloist in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the New Britain Symphony and Hartford Chorale , Colonna(cover) in Wagner’s Rienzi with Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall(2010) , Colline in La Boheme with Opera in the Heights(Houston, 2010), as well as Don Silva in Ernani(2011), also with the latter. Highlights of the pastyear and 1/2 have seen Nathan performing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera in the Heights, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Irvington Music Festival, Colline in New Jersey Verismo Opera’s La Boheme, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni with St.Petersburg Opera, and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with Underworld Productions at Symphony Space, NYC. In July, Mr.Resika made his debut at Caramoor as the Marchese di Calatrava in La Forza del Destino(while covering Padre Guardiano), and accompanied tenor Barry Banks on classical guitar in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (while covering Don Basilio). Recently performed roles also include Ferrando in Il Trovatore, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Ramfis in Aida, Sparafucile and Monterone in Rigoletto, Police Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance, and Superintendent Budd in Britten’s Albert Herring. Nathan has performed in concert in Hungary, Greece, throughout the United States, and has sung the national anthem at several sporting events. Also a chessmaster and tutor, Mr.Resika has been ranked among the top 200 players in the USA.

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