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Here's the skin(ny) on Nathan Gunn

November 28, 2009 | 10:30 am

Munich 1 “I’d like to take a little bit of responsibility for this nightmare."

Nathan Gunn is volunteering to take the fall for men like himself — opera’s tantalizing new breed of baritone known as barihunks.

They’re known for their great bods and for breathless blogs written by devoted admirers. See here, here and here. (And there's one for tenors here.)

Bearers of great pecs and pipes, barihunks are bringing high art to the masses in a universally appealing form. And the dark-haired Gunn, all 6 broadly muscled feet of him, is king of that particular hill — as well as the “Barber of Seville.” In his third appearance with L.A. Opera, he sings the role of Figaro in the Rossini classic opening Sunday.

Gunn will also be in recital (accompanied by his wife, pianist Julie Jordan Gunn) at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Dec. 11.

Click here for Irene Lacher's complete interview with Nathan Gunn.

Keep reading for more photos of Gunn.


Photos from top:

In "Billy Budd." Credit:

With Eric Cutler in "The Pearlfishers." Credit: Lyric Opera.


In "Love and Other Demons" at Glyndebourne. Credit: Mike Hoban


At L.A. Opera. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times.