Nathan Lay completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in 2008 with the support of the Melba Conservatorium Scholarship, and the Robert Salzer Scholarship. Since then he has established his career in the Melbourne opera and oratorio scene.
In 2010, Nathan attended The Opera Studio Melbourne on the Gertrude Johnston scholarship. That same year, he won the National Liederfest, and Australian Music Events’ Opera Scholar of The Year. In 2011, Nathan continued on at the Studio, performing Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld.
In 2012, Nathan made his debut with Melbourne Opera playing the role of Schaunard in La Bohème, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte; with IOPERA, he played the Emperor in Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis; and with Victorian Opera he made his solo debut in Richard Gill’s Gala Concert at Hamer Hall. In December 2012, Nathan performed with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic for the first time as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the Melbourne Town Hall.
In 2013, Nathan won the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria competition, received 3rd Place in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria, and was a featured artist at Opera in the Market. He also reprised Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for Melbourne Opera. For Victorian Opera, he performed in Richard Mills’ White Night Gala Concert at Hamer Hall, chorus Nixon in China, The King El Gato con Botas, Louis the Baker/Billy Webster Sunday in the Park with George, and Bunyip Bluegum in the world premiere (and Green Room Award winning opera ensemble) of The Magic Pudding – The Opera.
Nathan was a featured soloist for the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra’s 2014 New Year’s Eve Concert Series at the Sydney Opera House, and Hamer Hall.
In 2015 Nathan completed his Master of Music at the University of Melbourne, and his second year at Victorian Opera as a Developing Artist. Over this 2014-15 period, he performed Barone Douphol La Traviata, Father Hansel and Gretel, chorus for Norma and The Flying Dutchman, Sir Riccardo Forth I Puritani, and in the quartet for Weill’s Die sieben Todsünden.
In 2016 for Victorian Opera, Nathan performed chorus for Lucia di Lammermoor and I Pagliacci, The King Cendrillon, and Mr Mayor in the world premiere of Richard Mills’ The Pied Piper. That same year, Nathan was featured on Mirusia’s album This Time Tomorrow in the famous duet ‘All I Ask of You’ from Phantom of the Opera.
From 2012-16, Nathan performed Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida, Falstaff, Tosca, La Boheme, and Les pêcheurs de perles for the Opera Australia chorus.
Nathan was the winner of the 2016 Australian International Opera Award. This prestigious prize allowed him the opportunity to study with highly acclaimed international tenor Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice.
In March 2017, Nathan was involved in the inaugural release on the new Australian Sony Masterworks label. The album, titled Remembrance, features songs and poems in memory of the soldiers that fought in World War One, with Nathan featuring on ten tracks.