Bass Nathan Resika is delighted to return to Connecticut Lyric Opera to make his debuts as both the Grand Inquisitor (opening night) and the Monk( 3 other shows). His Past Ct.Lyric Engagements were as Leporello(Don Giovanni) and Daland( Flying Dutchman) in 2013, and as Il Commendatore( Don Giovanni)way back in 2006. Nathan’s favorite repertoire includes the great bass roles of both Verdi and Mozart, of which he has sung almost all. Nathan has performed roles with Caramoor, Opera North, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Cleveland Opera Circle, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera New Jersey, the New Britain Symphony, and Utah Festival Opera, among others. He has performed return engagements for many of these companies. Nathan proudly and joyously Made his Carnegie Hall debut on June 2nd, 2018, as Bass soloist In both Beethoven and Haydn Masses for Mid America productions. Nathan was one of 8 finalists out of over 100 singers in the 2016 New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition. Nico Castel wrote of Nathan: “Mr. Resika is gifted with a splendid bass instrument. Musical…intelligent…He had an excellent working relationship with his colleagues.” Nathan helped to create several roles in modern operas; among them Senator Heflin in Clarence and Anita by Ben Yarmolinsky, the diabolical Sir Danvers Carew in Barry O’Neal’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Man in J D McClatchy and Francis Thorne’s Mario and the Magician, which was recorded for Albany Records. Nathan has been a resident artist at Caramoor(2008), Utah Festival Opera(2006), and Opera New Jersey(2004). Nathan has performed in concert in Hungary, Greece, throughout the United States, and has sung the national anthem at many sporting events. Raised in New York City by a musical family, Nathan sang, acted, and played folk and rock guitar from an early age, studied classical guitar with Julio Prol and John Williams (Cordoba, Spain), and continued his studies at both New England Conservatory and the Longy School. Also a great lover of the gospel and spiritual music, Nathan was a featured performer at the first Sam Cooke memorial tribute concert in Atlanta in 2002, where he sang for Sam Cooke’s family. A FIDE( World Chess Federation) Master of chess, Nathan is also the 2013 United States senior Chess co-champion. He enjoys teaching the fine points of the game to children in after-school programs as well as private instruction for children and adults.