Bass Nathan Anthony Resika has been praised for his “sonorous”and"resonant" voice by critics and colleagues alike, while carving out a niche for himself as both a classic basso cantante and an interpreter of modern works.
News: Nathan will return for his third engagement with Hudson Opera theater to reprise the role of Colline in La Boheme this June, 2017.He was heard as Baron Zeta in the Merry Widow with the same Company this past February,as well as Prince Gremin in Eugene Onegin Last November. In January 2017 Nathan performed the role of Alidoro in La Centerola with Winter Opera Saint Louis. Nathan also recently performed the role of Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Cleveland Opera Circle(June, 2016).Both of the above performances garnered Nathan excellent reviews. Nathan performed his first Banquo in Verdi's Macbeth in summer of 2016 with La Forza Dell'Opera ( though his 10 year old son Fabian stole the show as Fleance).
Nathan was recently named as one of eight finalists, from over 100 singers, in the 2016 New Jersey Verismo Opera Competition.
Nathan has performed roles with Caramoor, OperaNorth, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Cleveland Opera Circle, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera New Jersey, the New Britain Symphony,Opera in the Heights, and Utah Festival Opera, among others.
He has performed Concerts recently with the New York Opera Society and Dunch Arts.
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."
In April of 2016, Nathan returned for his fifth engagemnent with New Jersey Verismo Opera to Perform the role of Alvise Badoero in Ponchielli's classic, La Gioconda.
Also in April 2016, Nathan performed the fantastic bass role of Filippo ll in Verdi's Masterpiece, Don Carlo,fully staged with a 35 piece orchestra in New York City(Vocal Productions).
In 2015, Nathan inhabited the suave and demonic role of Don Giovanni in Mozart's masterpiece, fully staged,in 5 performances with the Amore Opera and Orchestra, in New York City.
2013 saw Nathan returning to Connecticut Lyric Opera as Leporello in 4 shows of Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.He later performed his first Wagner role as Daland in The Flying Dutchman with the same company. Of Nathan's performance as leporello, Award winning New England critic Milton Mooore wrote a stellar review : "At its best, this opera becomes Leporello's tale, and Resika, with perfect comic timing, a gift for the double take, and a commanding and rich timbre, very much made this opera his. As a duo, the baritones' comic and vocal chemistry alone made the performance worthwhile....... Two hours-plus of fine music and comedy, led by Resika".
2012 brought Nathan great artistic success as he was able to perform the role of Don Giovanni with palisades opera and, the very next day, perform the role of Leporello with Capitol Heights Lyric Opera.
One of the highlights of Nathan's 2011 was covering the Grand Inquisitor in l'africaine with Opera Orchestra of NY, where he sang solos with superstar tenor Marcello Giordani.
Among Nathan's recent roles are: Commendatore and Leporello in two seperate casts of Mozart's Don Giovanni at OperaNorth, Don Giovanni himself with New York Lyric Opera, Constable and Die Sanger in the World premiere of J.D. McClatchy and Michael Dellaira's "the Secret Agent" with the Center for contemporary Opera, The Title Role in Opera in the Heights' Marriage of Figaro, the Marchese di Calatrava in La Forza del Destino at Caramoor, and Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with Underworld Productions at Symphony Space.
. Other career highlights include Colline in La Boheme with both NJ Verismo Opera and Opera in the Heights,Sarastro in Die Zauberflote with NY Lyric Opera, Police Sergeant in Pirates of Penzance with Opera New Jersey, Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea at the Irvington Music Festival,Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Riverside Opera, as well as the bass soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Britain Symphony and Hartford Chorale.
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.
A FIDE( World Chess Federation) Master of chess,Nathan is also the 2013 United States senior Chess co champion.