Douglas Nagel Bass-Baritone
Artistic Director


Phone:  406.671.2214

Native Montanan Douglas Nagel (Count Orlock) baritone made his operatic debut at 19, with the Billings Symphony under George Perkins in The Magic Flute. After receiving his MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Douglas joined the faculty at California State University, Hayward, and held a similar position at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR.

As 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, LíEgisto, Riders to the Sea, The Magic Flute, The Scarf, The Telephone, The Impresario and LíOrmindo. While in Hayward he began a Summer Opera Theater program with attendance of over 50 singers.

Active as a dramatic baritone, Mr. Nagel has sung with such companies as Opera San Josť, The Virginia Opera, Opera Idaho, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Eugene Opera, Arizona Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera Company, The Western Slope Summer Music Festival, CO, and Bear Valley Music Festival, CA. His repertoire includes Scarpia, Don Giovanni, Germont, Sharpless, and Eugene Onegin to Wotan. Recent engagements included roles in La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Fledermaus, The Flying Dutchman and Don Giovanni. The role of John the Baptist in Salome was one of Mr. Nagelís 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.

Douglas takes great pride in bringing Opera to Children. He adapts full-length operas to mini versions for touring in the schools. Those operaís include The Tales of Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, Trouble in Tahiti, Hansel and Gretel, The Impresario and The Magic Flute. Douglas received a grant from the Utah Arts Council, along with the National Endowment for the Arts to produce "Letís make an Opera" in a Salt Lake area grade school. Mr. Nagel will join Opera Idaho Adult and Childrenís Chorus Master, Linda Berg, to instruct a summer camp for young adults. Mr. Nagel made his OI directing debut with The Magic Flute.

As Artistic Director of Opera Idaho from 2003-2005, along with the same position at Rimrock Opera, Douglas directed Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Don Pasquale, Carmen, The Merry Widow, and Hansel and Gretel for both companies. He is currently Education Director at Opera San Josť in addition to his Rimrock Opera position.




©2000-2004 Rimrock Opera Company. All rights reserved