Opera at the Castle - A summer evening of great operatic and musical theatre classics

09 Aug 2011 - 09 Aug 2011 Clontarf Castle Hotel
Bookings from www.ticketmaster.ie 0818 719 300 (ROI) 0844 277 4455 (NI) Early booking advisable. Biography for Mark Duff Mark read music at D.I.T, Conservatory of Music in Dublin, where he was awarded a Bachelor of music Performance degree. Mark pursued Post-Graduate studies at Royal Northern college of Music, Manchester graduating 2009. Mark recently held a position on the Opera works Singing programme at English National Opera, London and studies with Philip Doghan and Barbara Robotham Mark has been successful in many competitions; notable awards are the William T. Watt cup for Tenor solo and the Count John Mc Cormack honorary award. At Dublin, Mark performed regularly in operatic excerpts annually presented at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. At RNCM Mark has sung Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin), Torquemada (L’Heure Espagnole), Le petit Vieillard (L’Enfant et les sortilege) and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus). Mark has sung as a member of the chorus for Opera Ireland. Following five consecutive seasons with the company he sang the role of Don Basilio in a ‘Bite-size’ production of ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ under the direction of Dieter Kagei at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. Professional opera roles include Don Curzio, Le Nozze di Figaro (Lyric opera), Spiridione, Il Campanello (Anna Livia opera), Dancairo, Carmen (Mananan International opera Festival), Oronte (Alcina), and Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni (Longborough Opera festival). Contemporary interests have seen Mark sing in newly Commissioned Operas, in particular ‘Quicksilver’ by Connor Linehan and ‘The Withered Arm’ By Jenny Gould. Recent engagements saw Mark making his European debut singing Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin) with Kammeroper Rheinsburg, Berlin. Mark sings regularly on the concert and oratorio platform. His Recordings include Faith of our Fathers (R.T.E 1996), BBC radio broadcasts and commissioned works Amore by composer Rosemarie Taylor. Earlier this year Mark joined forces with German pianist Jan Loeffler, they launched their recital series ‘Must the winter come so soon’ performing Schubert’s Winterreise here in Dublin and went on to perform it worldwide in Europe and USA. Future engagements include debuts at Buxton Opera festival, BBC broadcasts, Die Schöne Mullerin recital tour and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) in 2012. www.markduff.com