Mark Delavan

Mark Delavan

Mark Delavan, a singer of “incisive vocal power and fierce theatrical acuity,” is sought after throughout the United States and Europe for the most demanding roles in his operatic repertoire.  At the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Delavan took his interpretation of Wotan in cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Fabio Luisi to critical acclaim.  He has also performed at the esteemed house, the title roles of Simon Boccanegra and Nabucco, and has appeared as Scarpia in Tosca, Amonasro in Aida, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Carlo in La forza del destino, Gianciotto in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Gerard in a major revival of Andrea Chénier, and in recent productions of La Fanciulla del West and Falstaff.

Internationally, Delavan has worked most frequently with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in performances of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as in stand-alone performances of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre led by Donald Runnicles, as Scarpia in Tosca, Jupiter in Die Liebe der Danae, Alfio/Tonio in the double-bill of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, and Iago in Otello.  He débuted as Jochanaan in Salome at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova under Fabio Luisi and went on to perform the role in productions with Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and in concert with the Prague State Opera.  He also has sung Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West for Den Jyske Opera and Scarpia in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company.

Calendar

Event Date
Jan 8
to
Jan 29
Tosca
(Scarpia)
The Metropolitan Opera
New York, New York
Event Date
Apr 7
to
Apr 9
Die Kathrin
Malignac
Folks Operetta
Chicago, Illinois
Apr 28
to
Apr 29
Five Mystical Songs/Symphony No. 9
Baritone Soloist
Charleston Symphony
Charleston, South Carolina
Event Date
May 2
to
May 15
Don Carlo
Posa
Maryland Lyric Opera
Bethesda, Maryland

Artist Bio

Mark Delavan, a singer of “incisive vocal power and fierce theatrical acuity,” is sought after throughout the United States and Europe for the most demanding roles in his operatic repertoire. He regularly appears in the title roles of Der fliegende Holländer, Falstaff, and Rigoletto, and as Iago in Otello, Scarpia in Tosca, Jochanaan in Salome, and Amonasro in Aida.  In addition, as a strong character actor on stages throughout the country, he has proved himself a crossover artist of immense skill, staring as Phil Arkin in Milk and Honey with York Theatre Company, to critical acclaim.

Last season, Mr. Delavan performed the roles of Michele/Alfio in Tabbaro/Cavalleria Rusticana with Maryland Lyric Opera, Amfortas in Parsifal with Indiana University Opera Theater, and Jochanaan in Salome with the Dallas Symphony.  2020 and 2021 engagements were to include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Tosca, Aida, Hansel and Gretel, and Rusalka, as well as performances as Telramund in Lohengrin with the Dallas Opera and Tonio in I Pagliacci with Michigan Opera Theater.

This summer he joined the Glimmerglass Festival as the title role of Der fliegende Holländer for their concert entitled “Gods and Mortals”.  This coming season, engagements include a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tosca, concert performances of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for the Charleston Symphony, Posa in Don Carlos for Maryland Lyric Opera, as well as the lead role of Malignac in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s last opera, Die Kathrin with the Folks Operetta in Chicago.  Future engagements also include reprisals of the title role in Falstaff, Iago in Otello, and the Father in Hansel and Gretel.

At the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Delavan took his interpretation of Wotan in cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Fabio Luisi to critical acclaim.  He has also performed at the esteemed house, the title roles of Simon Boccanegra and Nabucco, and has appeared as Scarpia in Tosca, Amonasro in Aida, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana, Carlo in La forza del destino, Gianciotto in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, Gerard in a major revival of Andrea Chénier, and in recent productions of La Fanciulla del West and Falstaff.

Internationally, Delavan has worked most frequently with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in performances of Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as in stand-alone performances of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre led by Donald Runnicles, as Scarpia in Tosca, Jupiter in Die Liebe der Danae, Alfio/Tonio in the double-bill of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, and Iago in Otello.  He débuted as Jochanaan in Salome at Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova under Fabio Luisi and went on to perform the role in productions with Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu and in concert with the Prague State Opera.  He also has sung Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West for Den Jyske Opera and Scarpia in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company.

With the San Francisco Opera he created the role of Giovanni in the world première of Marco Tutino’s Two Women (La Ciociara) and has appeared there as Scarpia in Tosca and Wotan in Die Walküre.  With the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Delavan was most praised for his creation of the role of Snooks Brenner in the world première of William Bolcom’s A Wedding, directed by Robert Altman and conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.  He has also appeared with the company as Amfortas in Parsifal, Alfio/Tonio in Cavalleria rusticana/I pagliacci, Scarpia in Tosca, Germont in La Traviata, Renato in Un ballo in Maschera, Robert Carsens staging of Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride (Louis Langrèe conducting) and David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il trovatore (Bruno Bartoletti conducting).

Notable engagements in the US also include, Don Carlo in La forza del destino at Washington National Opera, the title role of Der fliegende Holländer with Arizona Opera, the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann at Palm Beach Opera, Jack Rance in La faniculla del West for Michigan Opera Theatre, Iago in Otello for Opera Philadelphia, and the title roles in Rigoletto, Nabucco and Falstaff, as well as Scarpia in Tosca for Pittsburgh Opera. He has made several appearances with Santa Fe Opera including Mandryka in a new production of Arabella and Jack Rance in La faniculla del West, performed Amonasro in Aida for Atlanta Opera and at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon, and performed Kurt Weill’s The Road of Promise with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall and with the New York Choral Society in Mendelssohn’s St. Paul.

A popular performer with the former New York City Opera, Mr. Delavan has sung in numerous productions with the company, including the title roles in Der fliegende Holländer, Rigoletto, Macbeth, and Falstaff, as well as starring in the title role of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd to great critical acclaim. Mr. Delavan’s NYCO credits also include the roles of the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffman, Scarpia (telecast live on PBS for ‘Live From Lincoln Center’), Ezio in Attila, Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux and in new productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe as Horace Tabor, Il trittico as Michele and Gianni Schicchi, and Salome.

Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Mr. Delavan earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oral Roberts University. He was a national finalist of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera.

Updated August 31, 2021

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Press

"...the evening’s prize portrayal...” – New York Times

Francesca da Rimini – “The baritone Mark Delavan’s Gianciotto — barbarous, yet seemingly genuine in his affection for Francesca — was the evening’s prize portrayal.”

"...the company’s reigning baritone..." – Newsday

Sweeney Todd – “As Sweeney Todd, Mark Delavan, the company’s reigning baritone, is just about the best argument one could make for letting opera singers take on musicals. His commitment to the role is ferocious, and his robust if somewhat dry voice gives as much lyric potency to Todd as one could wish.”

"...Delavan’s dark-hued timbre projected greater warmth..." – South Florida Classical Review

Salome – “Mark Delavan’s baritone was commanding. As he emerged from the darkness, he initially appeared blinded by the light but his vivid declamation quickly conveyed the prophet’s fire and brimstone as he denounced Salome and the depravity of the court. In the more gentle passages, Delavan’s dark-hued timbre projected greater warmth and he dominated the stage with his every move and utterance.”

"...superbly open-throated phrasing..." – San Francisco Chronicle

Tosca – “The ferocity of Racette’s performance was well matched by that of baritone Mark Delavan as Scarpia, in an interpretation that went well beyond cartoon impressions of lechery to hint at the dark obsessiveness informing the character’s behavior. In his extended soliloquy at the start of Act 2, Delavan let loose with superbly open-throated phrasing, as though Scarpia’s very compulsions were forcing their way into the open.”

"...half-divine, half-human voice..." – Wall Street Journal

Die Walküre – “The range of emotions Mr. Delavan can communicate with his half-divine, half-human voice appears limitless.”