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Douglas Nagel, Director

Native Montanan Douglas Nagel graduated from the University of Wyoming and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music before beginning a very active singing career. Douglas was last heard in the San Francisco Bay area in West Bay Opera’s critically acclaimed Der fliegende Holländer in May 2008. Previously, with that same company, he appeared as Father Trulove in The Rakes Progress.

He maintains a very busy schedule as the general director for Rimrock Opera (Billings MT) where he produces and directs two productions each season in addition to all of the administrative trappings of holding this position. He has been with the company for eleven years and will have completed twenty-two productions at the end of the 20010/11 season.

Mr. Nagel made his directing debut at 21. At that time, he was the youngest opera theater director in a university. After receiving his MM, Douglas joined the faculty at California State University, Hayward, and held a similar position at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR. For Rogue Opera Company, as their opera director, he produced, directed and often conducted
Die Fledermaus, The Tales of Hoffmann, Gigi, Pajama Game, The Pirates of Penzance, Il Tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, The Hand of Bridge, L'Egisto, Riders to the Sea, The Magic Flute, The Scarf, The Telephone, The Impresario and L'Ormindo. In 2005, he was invited to direct The Merry Widow for Northern Plains Opera (North Dakota). He has also directed productions for Sacramento Opera (Madama Butterfly), West Bay Opera (Cosi fan tutte), Kansas Summer Opera (La Bohème) and directed at Mobile Opera in their 2009/10 season (Manon Lescaut).

Mr. Nagel held two Artistic Director positions concurrently: Opera Idaho in Boise and Rimrock Opera in Billings, Montana until the end of the 2006 season when he decided to devote his time solely to Rimrock Opera and other guest directing duties. However, between the two companies, he produced and directed Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Don Pasquale, The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel among others He directed a full-length version of Fanciulla del West for Rimrock Opera at the beginning of their 2007/08 season and also directed a highlights version of this same opera for Opera Santa Barbara.


As a singer, Mr. Nagel made his American Wagner singing debut as the title role in
The Flying Dutchman for Greater Buffalo Opera Company. He reprised this role with Mobile Opera in March 2010. Other debuts included Arizona Opera, Sacramento Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Cedar Rapids Opera and Eugene Opera. Other orchestra works include 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.

Mr. Nagel has expanded his repertoire to over 40 roles 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. Mr. Nagel is currently the General Director of Rimrock Opera and will reprise his Le nozze di Figaro’s Dr. Bartolo with the Helena Symphony in 2009.