Baritone Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation. Recent performances include the roles of Joseph McCarthy/Interrogator in Madison Opera’s Fellow Travelers, as well as numerous art song projects including the premiere of Pharaoh Songs by Libby Larsen. He has also been heard as baritone soloist in the world premiere of Justin Merritt’s oratorio The Path, bass soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Voices of Ascension, Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition at the Ordway with the MN Source Song Festival, numerous productions with Madison Opera (including Papageno in The Magic Flute, Schaunard in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking), the title role of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Santa Fe Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals at the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute. Alan made his European solo recital debut at the Oslo Grieg Festival after winning the grand prize at the 2009 Grieg Festival Competition in Winter Park, FL. As a Vocal Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival he performed as bass soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, sang the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin with Renée Fleming and Peter Mattei, and collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard.
Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MM and DM in vocal performance from Indiana University. Alan was a founding member of the Minnesota-based internationally acclaimed male chamber vocal ensemble Cantus, and sang throughout North America and Europe with the ensemble from 1998-2004. During his tenure with Cantus, he recorded ten albums and appeared as a soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, at the Oregon Bach Festival, the World Choral Symposium, and the Polyphonia Festival in Normandy, France. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Winona State University.