Emerging Artist Profile:
Nathan Sawatzky-Dyck



Young Artist Program - Singer
Voice Type: Baritone
Province/Territory: Manitoba
City: Brandon

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Tartuffe: Tartuffe

Rapunzel's Prince: Into the Woods


Previous NUOVA Roles:

2016 - Don Alhambra: "The Gondoliers"

2016 - Benoît: "La Boheme"

2016 - Luther Rosser: "Parade"

2016 - Chorus: "I Capuleti e i Montecchi"


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • In regards to my roles for this season of NUOVA, I’ve found myself spending time preparing the characters themselves. Small ensemble operas like Tartuffe, or Gianni Schicchi which I’ve done recently, whose characters drive the humor and humanity of the show are my favorite. Keeping this in mind, I’ve taken the time to draw up motivations and past experiences for more or less each and every character. I find this to be a very fun exercise, as well as greatly informative of my own musical and dramatic part within the big picture. The music is by no means a cake walk, and is also part of my focus. But I’m looking forward to living with these characters for a time.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • This is my second time at NUOVA, and of course I’m very excited to return. In addition to the top notch technical instruction, it is the emphasis on artistry and artistic integrity are what I am looking forward to most. That is what I really enjoyed about my first time in the program, so this year I’m hoping to experience more of it and apply it to what I have learned since then.  It is a tricky thing to get musical excellence and professionalism into a program, and still remember the magic and self-expression of art and music. But I believe the team in this program achieves just that, and with an amazing amount of consistency.

Artist Bio     

Nathan Sawatzky-Dyck is a high baritone originally from Brandon, Manitoba. Having completed his Bachelor of Music at Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, MB) Nathan has since explored a diverse range of roles and musical opportunities. His most recent roles include two Gilbert and Sullivan operettas: Sir Despard in “Ruddigore”(G&S Society), and The Captain in “H.M.S. Pinafore”(CMU Opera), as well as Marco in “Gianni Schicchi” (Manitoba Underground Opera). Currently, he participated in the 2017-2018 performance season of the Camerata Nova vocal group, performing a wide range of renaissance, folk, and contemporary music. In the fall, Nathan is planning to continue his studies in the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Performance at the University of Manitoba.