Nathan Lay completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, Australia, and has established a career in the Melbourne opera, oratorio, and concert scene. He has won the National Liederfest; Australian Music Events’ Opera Scholar of the Year; the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria; the Australian International Opera Award; and placed third in the Herald Sun Aria. He has performed with Opera Australia; Melbourne Opera; Sydney Chamber Opera; the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic; the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; and extensively with Victorian Opera.

Nathan was the winner of the 2016 Australian International Opera Award. This prestigious prize allowed him the opportunity to study with acclaimed international tenor Dennis O’Neill at the Wales International Academy of Voice.

In 2017, Nathan was involved in the inaugural release on the new Australian Sony Masterworks label. The album, Remembrance, features songs and poems in memory of the soldiers who fought in World War I, with Nathan featured on ten tracks. Also in 2017, Nathan made his first appearance with Sydney Chamber Opera as Tarquinius in their acclaimed production of Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. This production was performed again in 2018 in Hobart, Tasmania, as a part of the Dark Mofo festival.

Throughout 2018, Nathan has been working with Opera Australia, touring Victorian schools for their production of By the Light of the Moon(The Owl and the Pussycat).