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 Limoges, Caen, 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.”
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
|Bizet||Zurga||Les pêcheurs de perles|
|Britten||Billy Budd||Billy Budd|
|Britten||Junius, Tarquinius||The Rape of Lucretia|
|Debussy||Pelléas||Pelléas et Mélisande|
|Gounod||Mercutio||Roméo et Juliette|
|Mozart||Guglielmo||Così fan tutte|
|Mozart||Don Giovanni, Masetto||Don Giovanni|
|Mozart||Conte Almaviva||Le nozze di Figaro|
|Puccini||Marcello, Schaunard||La bohème|
|Rossini||Figaro||Il barbiere di Siviglia|
|Rossini||Taddeo||L’italiana in Algeri|
|J. Strauss||Falke||Die Fledermaus|
|R. Strauss||Harlekin||Ariadne auf Naxos|
|Tchaikovsky||Eugene Onegin||Eugene Onegin|