B I O G R A P H Y
Mark Nathan recently ended his time as a Scottish Opera Emerging Artist. This season, he was due to sing Starveling A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Mr Goldbury UTOPIA LTD and Giuseppe THE GONDOLIERS for them.
(N.B. These performances have now been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak)
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; Joseph de Rocher DEAD MAN WALKING, Le Directeur LES MAMELLES DE TIRÉSIAS, Death SAVITRI at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Antoine LA VIE PARISIENNE at Royal College of Music; Gob THE POISONED KISS at the Barber Institute Summer Festival; Dr Falke DIE FLEDERMAUS, Wagner FAUST and Counsel TRIAL BY JURY all with Winterbourne Opera; Morales CARMEN with Riverside Opera; Dr Pangloss CANDIDE with London Musical Theatre Orchestra; Sir Joseph Porter HMS PINAFORE at the Harwich Festival; Koko THE MIKADO with Co-Opera; The Artist PUPPET OPERA TRIPLE BILL with Third Hand Opera, winning the Off West End Best Opera Award.
His musical theatre roles have included Sky Masterson GUYS AND DOLLS; Ali Hakim OKLAHOMA!; Pharoah JOSEPH AND HIS TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT; Steward INTO THE WOODS.
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, where he studied singing with Gordon Sandisson and Catherine Benson. He has also studied and taken masterclasses with notable singers such as Simon Keenlyside, Rosalind Plowright, John Tomlinson and Susan Bullock.
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. He has also written a collection of children’s poems: Riddle Me This, which has been set to music by Ronald Corp for the New London Children’s Choir.
Mark has played the cello, piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, and the banjo in chamber ensembles, orchestras and pit bands.