Istituto per la Bella Voce - Institute for the Beautiful Voice

photo of Doug Nagel


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Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Studies, MSU Billings

Native Montanan Douglas Nagel is Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Studies at MSU Billings. Mr. Nagel graduated with a BA in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and a MM of Music from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music before beginning a very active singing career.

As Assistant Professor of Voice and Choral Studies at MSU Billings, his duties include conducting two choirs, teaching all Applied Voice, Lyric Diction for Singers, Choral Conducting, Aural Perception III & IV, and Vocal Pedagogy.

Nagel maintains his position as the artistic director for Rimrock Opera, Billings, where he produces two productions each season in addition to all of the administrative trappings of holding this position.  He has been with the company since its inception and will have completed twenty four productions at the end of this season.

Doug Nagel performing onstage in ScarpiaOther company and symphony debuts include Arizona Opera, Sacramento Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Cedar Rapids Opera and Eugene Opera, Western Slope Music Festival, Bear Valley Music Festival & Music in the Mountains. A favorite of Maestro Kent Nagano and the Berkeley Symphony, Mr. Nagel sang Doktor Faust, Oedipus Rex and Das klangende Lied. Baritone Nagel has expanded his repertoire to over 40 roles, recently being heard in West Bay Opera's & Mobile Opera's Der fliegende Holländer.  He made his American Wagner singing debut as the title role in The Flying Dutchman for Greater Buffalo Opera Company. Mr. Nagel recently sang an all Wagner program for the newly formed Utah Lyric Opera, Orem, Utah. with The Virginia Opera, El Paso Opera, West Bay Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, singing a wide repertoire from Scarpia, Giovanni, Germont, Magnifico, Sharpless, Pasquale, Onegin, Renato, Zurga, Leporello, Marcello, Bartolo, Trulove, 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."

Douglas 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 Bolìvar, 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. Recently, Douglas sang the evil Baron Scarpia in Rimrock's Tosca, while directing the production. Douglas will sing the bass solos in Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the Helena Symphony in May of 2012, and in the fall of that same year, return to the Rimrock stage to sing the title role in Don Pasquale.

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