Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bass-baritone Mark S. Doss To Sing For Domingo and Milnes

Singing "Die Frist ist um" in concert
"Global opera star and Grammy Award winner Mark S. Doss is set to perform as a guest artist at Opera Tampa's A Night of Stars on February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Carol Morsani Hall at the Straz Center. The evening's host is Sherrill Milnes, world-renowned baritone and Opera Tampa Artistic Advisor, who will also conduct one of the evening's pieces. The special orchestra concert of captivating operatic arias and ensembles features Maestro Anton Coppola, other special guest stars of the opera world, the Opera Tampa Chorus, Opera Tampa Orchestra and rising stars of the Opera Tampa New Artists program. Placido Domingo is the evening's guest of honor. In addition to conducting a piece with one of his protegees, Mr. Domingo will be honored with a special presentation of the
Anton Coppola Excellence in the Arts Award at a post-performance gala. Accompanied by the Opera Tampa Chorus, Mr. Doss will sing the Toreador Song from Carmen as well as "Le veau d'or," which he performed as Mephistopheles in Opera Tampa's Faust in April 2009. One of his signature roles, Mr. Doss began performing as Mephistopheles more than 25 years ago and has since been cast in this part by numerous leading opera companies around the world." [Source]

Mark S. Doss, formerly a Santa Fe Opera apprentice, sang with the company in 2002 as Mustafà in The Italian Girl in Algiers. He returns to Santa Fe in the summer 2011 as Méphistophélès in Faust, a role he has sung several times at Oper Frankfurt, among other companies. Recently he had a succession of major European engagements including Jochanaan in Salome at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Teatro Real in Madrid and Teatro del Maggio Musicale in Florence; Balstrode in Peter Grimes and Klingsor in Parsifal at Teatro Regio Torino in Turin; and Escamillo in Carmen at Arena di Verona and Teatro Municipale di Salerno. In March of 2011 he will make his debut with the Vienna Staatsoper as Amonasro in Aida. Amonasro is one of Mr. Doss’s signature roles—one that he has performed at La Scala in his Verdi role debut, and for his debuts at the Pittsburgh Opera, Royal Opera House and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany. Other roles in his repertoire include the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele, the title role in Verdi’s Attila, Scarpia in Tosca, Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Jaroslav Prus in The Makropulos Case, Alidoro in La Cenerentola, the title role in Giulio Cesare, and Ferrando in Il Trovatore. The American bass-baritone’s recent concert appearances include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Haydn’s Creation with the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He will begin the 2011-12 season by singing the role of Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride with the Canadian Opera Company and in April 2013 he will revive his protrayal of Amonasro in Aida with the San Diego Opera.  [Source]