B I O G R A P H Y
Surrey-born baritone Mark Nathan was a 2019-20 Scottish Opera Emerging Artist. In October 2021, he made his main stage debut with them as Giuseppe THE GONDOLIERS and Mr Goldbury UTOPIA LTD. In 2022 he performed the roles in London's Hackney Empire, as well as making his debut with Welsh National Opera, singing Schaunard LA BOHÈME. For Garsington Opera he sang Hunter RUSALKA and Guglielmo (OperaFirst) COSI FAN TUTTE.
In May 2019, Mark sang the role of Joseph de Rocher in the staged UK premiere of Jake Heggie’s DEAD MAN WALKING for which he received outstanding critical acclaim. Opera Magazine wrote “Mark Nathan had the right blend of meanness and machismo for Joe, a role that showed off his handsome baritone and equally handsome pectorals”. Bachtrack described his performance as “Barnstorming...his full baritone giving an edge of dangerous unpredictability”. He went on to cover the role at Welsh National Opera and Israeli Opera.
Mark’s previous operatic roles include title-role DON GIOVANNI and Marcello LA BOHÈME with Opera Loki; Papageno DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE with Hampstead Garden Opera; Rabotnik THE FIERY ANGEL with Scottish Opera; cover Faninal DER ROSENKAVALIER with Garsington Opera; Le Directeur LES MAMELLES DE TIRÉSIAS and Death SAVITRI at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Dr Falke DIE FLEDERMAUS, Wagner FAUST and Counsel TRIAL BY JURY all with Winterbourne Opera; Morales CARMEN with Riverside Opera; Sir Joseph Porter HMS PINAFORE at the Harwich Festival; Koko THE MIKADO with Co-Opera; Jack Point YEOMAN OF THE GUARD at Portsmouth Guildhall.
His musical theatre roles have included Title Role SWEENEY TODD, Sky Masterson GUYS AND DOLLS and Dr Pangloss CANDIDE with London Musical Theatre Orchestra
Mark is in demand as a recitalist and oratorio soloist. His oratorio work has included Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Dona Nobis Pacem, Bach’s Cantata Wachet auf, Ruft uns due Stimme and St John Passion; Requiems by Fauré, Duruflé, and Saint-Saëns; Finzi's In Terra Pax; Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light Requiem; Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet; Coleridge-Taylor’s The Death of Minnehaha.
Mark studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Alexander Gibson Opera School with Scott Johnson, having graduated with distinction from a vocal Master’s at London’s Royal College of Music where he studied with Roderick Earle, Peter Savidge and Tim Evans-Jones. Earlier he completed a Music degree at Birmingham University. He currently studies with Sylvia Greenberg and David Aronson.
Mark is also a keen lyricist. His debut musical, RIPTIDE: THE SLASHER MUSICAL, garnered an award from the Musical Theatre Network, after a successful Edinburgh Fringe run in 2014. Since then he has written several other musicals including a set of songs for the BBC. He has also written a collection of children’s poems.
Mark has played the cello, piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, and the banjo in chamber ensembles, orchestras and pit bands.
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