Mark Schnaible

Described by Das Opernglas as “a strong, rich and warm-colored voice with assured style,” Mark Schnaible continues to impress audiences both in the United States and abroad with his bass-baritone voice and dramatic intensity. In the 2010-11 season, he sings the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann and Ferrando in Il trovatore with Den Nye Opera in addition to returning to Polish National Opera to reprise Orest in Elektra. He also joins the Memphis Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Last season, he sang his first performances of Jochanaan in Salome in a return to his home state of Iowa with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and Orest in a new production of Elektra with Polish National Opera. He also returned to Opera Tampa for Rambaldo in La rondine, New Orleans Opera for Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, to Utah Symphony for Haydn’s Creation and in the summer, Glimmerglass Opera for the Count in Le nozze di Figaro following his critically acclaimed portrayal of Friedrich in the North American stage premiere of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot in past seasons.

The bass-baritone’s other recent performances include Escamillo in Carmen with New Orleans Opera and the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra under Michael Stern; Biterolf in a new Robert Carsen production of Tannhäuser conducted by Seiji Ozawa at the Tokyo Opera Nomori Festival; the title role in Sweeney Todd and Scarpia in Tosca with Shreveport Opera; Mephistofeles in Faust with Shreveport Opera and El Paso Opera; and numerous leading roles with Theater Lübeck including the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Dr Schön in Lulu, the title role in Der fliegende Holländer, Seven Antagonists in Death in Venice, Orest in Elektra, Pizarro in Fidelio, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Lorenzo in I capuleti e i Montecchi. He has also sung Leporello in Don Giovanni with Boston Baroque and Utah Opera; Colline in La bohème with Kiel Opera; the title role in Giulio Cesare with Utah Opera ;the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Tampa; Ariodate in Xerxes with Boston Baroque; Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Shreveport Opera; as well as the Huntsman in Rusalka with Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and with Franz Welser-Möst at the Opernhaus Zurich.

A past winner of the prestigious Marseille International Opera Competition, he has joined the Choregies d’Orange Festival under Bertrand de Billy for Baron Douphol in La traviata and for Carmen under Michel Plasson. He has also sung Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera d’Avignon, Metz Opera, and the Grand Theatre de Tours and toured throughout France with the Poitou-Charentes Orchestre for performances of Haydn’s The Seasons.

He is equally at home with the concert repertoire having most recently sung Bizet’s Clovis et Clotilde with Les Flaneries Musicales de Reims and Jean-Claude Casadesus and in subsequent performances with the same conductor and the the Orchestre National de Lille (to be released on the Naxos label), Bluebeard’s Castle with Utah Symphony and Keith Lockhart, and Haydn’s The Creation with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and David Stern. Also in his repertoire are Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St. Paul; settings of the Requiem by Durufle, Faure, Mozart, Brahms, and Verdi; Handel’s Messiah, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Bach’s Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, and St. John Passion; Beethoven’s Symphony No 9; as well as Haydn’s The Seasons.
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