Mark Oldfield

Opera

Mark Oldfield’s versatile lyric baritone voice has secured him an international career. He has sung as a soloist for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scottish Opera, La Monnaie in Brussels, New Israeli Opera, Opera Northern Ireland, Oper de Normandie in Rouen, Der Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, in a repertoire that includes Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini, Britten and leading contemporary composers. Mark has sung in festivals throughout the world, including Istanbul, Crete, Lagos, Singapore, Batignano, Dubai, Edinburgh, Buxton, Belfast, Brighton and Covent Garden.

Appearances include

Mark’s opera credits include The Count (Le Nozze di Figaro) in Robert Carson’s production for New Israeli Opera conducted by Asher Fisch; Dr Malatesta (Don Pasquale) for Opera Northern Ireland; Eugene Onegin for Scottish Opera Go Round; Mr Redburn (Billy Budd) in Graham Vick’s production for Scottish Opera; Novice’s Friend (Billy Budd) in Francesca Zambello’s production for the Royal Opera Covent Garden; Marco (Gianni Schicchi) and Silvio (Pagliacci) in Stephen Langridge’s production for Pimlico Opera produced by Wasfi Kani; Papageno (Die Zauberflote) in Tom Hawkes’ production for London Opera Players, and on tour with London City Opera and Columbia Artists in the USA.

Mark has sung Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) on tour in the Middle and Far East; Guglielmo (Cosi fan Tutte) and Marcello (La Boheme) in Malta, on tour in the Middle and Far East, and in Carlos Wagner’s production for Magdala in Nottingham; Poeta (Il Turco in Italia) for Broomhill Opera; and John Sorel (Menotti’s The Consul) for Holland Park Opera in London, both directed by Simon Callow. Mark has also sung Mercurio (La Calisto) at the Batignano Festival in Italy, and Dancairo in Carmen for Castleward Opera, Northern Ireland.

Mark has achieved notable success in the title role in Don Giovanni, which he has sung for Isle of Man Opera and London Opera Players, at the Bristol Old Vic with Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, and most recently with The Opera Project in Bristol's Tobacco Factory.

 

Contemporary opera

Mark has created numerous roles in contemporary opera, including his critically acclaimed performances in the role of Tancred (Missa e Combattimento by Monteverdi/Judith Weir) directed by Astrid Vehstedt and conducted by Ann Mason for La Monnaie in Brussels and de Singel in Antwerp; Romeo (Julia by Kelterborn) directed by David Freeman for Opera Factory Zurich; Il Ragazzo (Silent Screams by Fabre/Knapik) directed by Jan Fabre, conducted by Frederic Chaslin and Koen Kessels for Kassel, Rouen and Antwerp Opera houses; Dunstan (Silas Marner by Howard Goodall) directed by Graham Vick for the City of Birmingham Opera; male soloist in the Icelandic opera I have seen someone by Karolina Eiriksdottir with Odaline de la Martinez and Lontano at the London Riverside studios; and in Tornrak by John Metcalf, directed by Mike Ashman, in Banff, Canada.

 

 


Reviews

Title role, Eugene Onegin, Scottish Opera-Go-Round

The Daily Telegraph
‘Mark Oldfield is a singer with a richly expressive baritone and mature acting ability’

Ned Keene, Peter Grimes

Opera Now
‘Excellently cast Mark Oldfield (Ned Keene) rippled with confidence’

Dr Malatesta, Don Pasquale, Opera Northern Ireland

Belfast Telegraph
‘Mark Oldfield’s Malatesta used a flexible baritone and considerable acting ability to good purpose’

Irish News Letter
‘Mr Oldfield’s powerful but controlled, well-modulated baritone is well placed to reach for the required heights, yet able to descend with the ease needed to complement bass lines and ensemble as well as delivering conspiratorial soul and convincingly devious recitative’

The Soul, The Fisherman, by Max Paul Eldin, London International Festival Opera

Opera Magazine
‘... Impressive voice and presence’

Tancred, Missa e Combattimento, La Monnaie, Brussels

La Libre Belgique
‘The superb portrayal of the broken mercenary [Tancred] by Mark Oldfield was worthy of note’

Le Soir
‘The central characters (including Mark Oldfield) were quite exceptional’

 

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