The American lyric baritone, Nate Jones, grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the son of two United Methodist ministers. He graduated from Duke University in 2009 with Bachelor of Arts in American history and religion, and has been studying voice primarily with Elizabeth Linnartz. In 2009, he won the Schloss-Mirabell competition in Salzburg, where he performed a concert of Robert Schumann and Mozart in the Mozart Festival, while also playing Figaro. He also has won the National Association for the Teaching of Singing (NATS) competition at the state and regional levels. He won a full scholarship to the American Singers Opera Project, where he played Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, and studied voice with Sherrill Milnes' ex-wife, Nancy Stokes-Milnes. He studied at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, graduating in May 2012 with a Masters Degree focused on Christian theology. Jones originally planned on going into doctoral work in theology/philosophy but has recently decided to go into opera full-time and plans on auditioning for some young artist programs. His doctoral work focuses on the intersection of theology and music, with a particular emphasis on modern aesthetics.
As a classically-trained baritone, Nate Jones has sung professionally in both opera and oratorio. He has been active with Long Leaf Opera in North Carolina, most recently singing Clay in Chandler Carter's Strange Fruit and Valentine in Joel Feigin's The Twelfth Night He also played the title role in Sweeney Todd at Duke.
Nate Jones’ wife, Amy, is an internal medicine resident at Duke Hospital, and in his spare time, he enjoys playing disc golf, brewing beer and working for the Duke football team.