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Baritone Mark Diamond is a graduate of the Studio of Houston Grand Opera, where performances during the 2012-2013 season included Marcello in La bohème and the Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, as well as covers of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), and Gaylord Ravenal (Showboat). He returned to Aspen Music Festival, where he previously sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, in summer 2013, as Swallow in a semi-staged performance of Peter Grimes, conducted by Robert Spano.

During the 2013-2014 season, he returns as a guest artist to Houston Grand Opera, for the role of Count Carlo-Magnus in A Little Night Music. The following season, he debuts with the French opera theaters of LimogesCaen, and Reims, as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and sings Maximillian in performances of Candide with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

Mark Diamond is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. During his first season with the Studio of Houston Grand Opera, he sang performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, and covered Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Rodrigue in Don Carlos.

Mr. Diamond spent the summer of 2011 as a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where he sang the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He gained particular notice in the summer of 2010, when he sang the role of Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at theGlimmerglass Festival. As a member of the company’s Young American Artist Program, he also covered Araspe in Handel’s Tolomeo, and was a recipient of a 2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grantfrom the Shoshana Foundation.

During the 2010-2011 season, Mark Diamond made his Cincinnati Symphony debut as the baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah, performed Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro withCincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and appeared as the baritone soloist in Mahler’sLieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with both the CCM Chamber Orchestra and SUNY Fredonia. Previously, Mr. Diamond covered Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia at Aspen Opera Theater as a member of the Aspen Opera Studio.

He is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, and the 2011 Sun Valley Opera Competition in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Diamond was twice a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded 2nd Prize in the Charles A. Lynam Competition in North Carolina.

A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mark Diamond received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia Southern University, where he studied voice with Dr. Allen Henderson, and pursued studies for a Master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Bill McGraw.

Aspen Music Festival – Die Zauberflöte

…baritone Mark Diamond invested Papageno with an honest humanity, appealing physical humor and a light sound.”
Harvey Steinman, Seen and Heard

Merola Opera Program – Il barbiere di Siviglia

Most interesting was baritone Mark Diamond… Diamond’s Figaro was a model of resourceful self-employment, always ready to take charge of a problematic situation and never given to grumbling about misfortunes.”
Stephen Smoliar, SF Classical Music Examiner

Mark Diamond made for a gallant Figaro, and sang with a certain lightness, yet had good volume.”
Opera Tattler

Diamond has a vital vocal/stage presence, including aikido rolls in a pinch, and he sustained the impression of having a great time.”
Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

Glimmerglass Festival – The Tender Land

My bet on The-One-To-Watch is young Mark Diamond whose virile, buzzy baritone brought his every phrase as Top to vivid life, and whose intense, prowling stage demeanor was marked by a concentrated arc of dramatic conviction. From the moment Mr. Diamond appeared he commanded attention and admiration. Watch for him soon at an opera house near you.”
James Sohre, Opera Today

Mark Diamond was boisterous and entertaining.”
Steve Smith, New York Times

…strapping blonde baritone Mark Diamond was magnetic as (Martin’s) worldly buddy, Top.”
Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News

As Martin’s devil-may-care buddy Top, baritone Mark Diamond showed some star wattage.”
David Shengold, The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music – Le Nozze di Figaro

The Count, handsomely portrayed and sung by baritone Mark Diamond, was a tall, curly blonde menace with a big voice…”
Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Handel’s Messiah

Mark Diamond…is definitely a singer to watch. He announced himself magnificently in his first recitative, “Thus saith the Lord,” navigating difficult florid passages with command and enunciating each word with conviction. “Why do the nations so furiously rage,” was gripping, not only for the drama he brought to the words, but also for the fury that Porco whipped up in the orchestra.”
Janelle Gelford, The Cincinnati Enquirer

COMPOSER ROLE OPERA
Bellini Riccardo I Puritani
Bizet Morales Carmen
Bizet Zurga Les pêcheurs de perles
Britten Sid Albert Herring
Britten Billy Budd Billy Budd
Britten Junius, Tarquinius The Rape of Lucretia
Debussy Pelléas Pelléas et Mélisande
Delibes Frédéric Lakmé
Donizetti Malatesta Don Pasquale
Donizetti Belcore L’elisir d’amore
Gounod Valentin Faust
Gounod Mercutio Roméo et Juliette
Leoncavallo Silvio I Pagliacci
Mozart Guglielmo Così fan tutte
Mozart Don Giovanni, Masetto Don Giovanni
Mozart Conte Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart Papageno Die Zauberflöte
Puccini Marcello, Schaunard La bohème
Puccini Ping Turandot
Rossini Figaro Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rossini Dandini La cenerentola
Rossini Taddeo L’italiana in Algeri
J. Strauss Falke Die Fledermaus
R. Strauss Harlekin Ariadne auf Naxos
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky Yeletsky Pique Dame

 

 

 

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