In Memoriam: Nathan Ward
Two weeks ago, Opera Colorado received the heartbreaking news that depression had taken the life of tenor Nathan Ward, a member of our 2017-18 Young Artist Program. The Young Artists (now known as the Artists in Residence) are in many ways the soul of Opera Colorado. Each season, a new cohort comes to Denver for an eight-month residency, during which these artists serve as the voice of the company at schools, community centers, and on the mainstage. They become an inextricable part of the Opera Colorado family—and we are so thankful to have known Nathan, and to have had him become part of this family last season.
Yes, he was talented; Opera Colorado audiences saw him in all three 2017-18 mainstage productions, as Parpignol in La Bohème, Rudi Acohen in the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me, and Bardolfo in Falstaff. But, more importantly, Nathan was kind and thoughtful and generous. He was a lovely human being, and we miss him.
Earlier today, before our final performance of La Traviata, the Opera Colorado team gathered backstage to remember Nathan and to pay our respects with a moment of silence. So, too, do we remember his family and friends, who are in our hearts during this unimaginably difficult time.
There are many wonderful things about this artistic community we inhabit, not the least of which is the compassion that emanates from it. The days since receiving the news have been filled with private outreach and remembrances, through phone calls and emails, outpourings of love on social media, and more. But today we wanted to take a moment to publicly share how we at Opera Colorado knew Nathan. So we’ve compiled some of our favorite photos of his time with us, below. We think you’ll agree that they provide not only a glimpse at his artistry, but also at his gentle, caring spirit.
With love to Nathan, and to all those who knew him,