College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Music

Douglas Nagel
Assistant Professor


phone:   (406) 657-2048
office:   Cisel Hall 218


Voice, Choral Conducting, Lyric Diction, Vocal Pedagogy, University Chorus and Chamber Singers
Native Montanan Douglas Nagel received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Wyoming and Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.


Douglas has produced and directed operas at Sacramento, Longview Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Rimrock Opera, Rogue Opera, Opera Idaho and Nevada Opera Theater including  The Tales of Hoffmann, Gigi, Pajama Game, Pirates of Penzance, Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, Hand of Bridge, L’Egisto, Riders to the Sea, Magic Flute, Roman Fever, The Scarf, The Telephone, Impresario, L’Ormindo, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Don Pasquale, The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Merry Widow, La Bohème, Die Fledermaus, Susannah, Hänsel and Gretel, La Traviata and Così fan tutte.


As a dramatic baritone, Nagel sang with opera companies in San José, Virginia, Idaho, Eugene, Bozeman, Palo Alto, Santa Barbara, Cooperstown, El Paso, Oakland, San Luis Obispo, Phoenix, Tucson, Mobile, Cedar Rapids, Fort Collins, Des Moines, Springfield, Buffalo, Crested Butte and Bear Valley. His repertoire included Scarpia, Zuniga, Pizzaro, Michele, Renato, Giovanni, Pasquale, Germont, Thomas Putnam, Dutchman, Magnifico, Bartolo, Sharpless, Wotan and Onegin. The role of John the Baptist in Salome was one of Nagel’s signature roles, making his European debut in Germany, and later repeating the role in Columbus, Virginia, and Philadelphia. In the world premiere of Nosferatu, Douglas sang Count Orlock (Dracula), produced by Albany records.


No stranger to concert work, Nagel has sung with orchestras in Berkeley, San Francisco, San José, San Mateo, Helena, Denver, Billings, and at Royal Albert Hall in London with the BBC Orchestra.


Douglas has twice sat on the National Endowment of the Arts grant committee, and has judged for the National Council Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera. Nagel is a current member of Rimrock Opera’s Artistic Committee. As Montana’s state president of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Nagel has revived the state-wide student auditions competition. Biannually, Nagel directs a solo-singing camp for high school singers preparing for the rigors of college. Through the MSU Billings exchange program, Douglas has taught voice at Xuchang University, China.