Marcus DeLoach Baritone
American baritone Marcus DeLoach has been hailed by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as "a fine baritone who puts words across with clarity and naturalness." One of the leading performers of contemporary classical music today, he has established himself in the areas of opera, concert, and cross-over.
In the 2010/2011 season his performances included reprises of Candide with Kristjan Järvi conducting the Münchner Philharmoniker and the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the world premiere of his children's opera Mooch the Messy (based on the book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) at The Greenwood Music Festival, SC.
In 2009/2010 he returned to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for performances of Sciarrone inTosca with Lorin Maazel, and made his debuts at Kentucky Opera as Ebn-Hakia in Iolanta and with Musikfest Bremen as Maximilian in Candide with conductor Kristjan Järvi. Additionally has received recent acclaim for his debut at Teatro Comunale di Bolzano (Italy) as Jean in Philippe Boesmans’ Julie and Nilakantha in Lakmé for Tulsa Opera.
Mr. DeLoach made his debut at Seattle Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème in 2007 and received critical acclaim that same year for his Opera Ireland (Dublin) debut as a “powerfully convincing” Joseph De Rocher in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. Mr. DeLoach was a principal artist of New York City Opera from 2000-2006 where he sang the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Satyr and Cithéron in Platée, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Don Alvaro in Il Viaggio a Reims, Schaunard in La Bohème, and many others. He has performed with Bard Summerscape Festival, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Boston Lyric Opera,Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra,and others.
With a deep commitment to the creation and promotion of contemporary vocal music Mr. DeLoach has created principal roles in the world premiers of Wiesman's/Hoiby's Darkling, Beeferman's The Rat Land, Drattell's Lilith and Marina: A Captive Spirit and Paul Schoenfield's The Merchant and the Pauper. In 2006, he authored his first libretto for Jeff Grace’s opera The Train Ride presented by American Opera Projects and as a composer he has written Mooch the Messy an opera for children based on the book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. He has recorded several CDs of modern operatic works for Naxos including Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Scenes from Jewish Operas 2 with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony.
In concert he has appeared with The New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestros Riccardo Muti and Lorin Maazel as well as numerous appearances with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the The Marilyn Horne Foundation. In1997 Mr. DeLoach was unanimously voted the first place winner of London's inaugural Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and went on to give a critically acclaimed recital debut there in 1999. Of his singing, Hilary Finch of The London Times has written, "A well-groomed voice, a flair for programme shaping, a fervent desire to communicate, and, above all, that elusive fusion of instinct and understanding which sparks a quality of imagination transcending mere accomplishment."
Adding to the credits of his cross-over career, in 2004 he joined the acclaimed rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their rock opera Christmas Eve and Other Stories in a tour which included Madison Square Garden and the Fleet Center performing for an estimated audience of one quarter million.
Mr. DeLoach holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and is currently engaged in doctoral studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He has also attended The Britten-Pears School, New England Conservatory, and The Music Academy of the West. The Opera Index, Albanese-Puccini, Rosa Ponselle, Liederkranz and George Londonfoundations, the Young Concert Artists International, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Metropolitan Opera National Council and The Gaddes Fund have all honored him for his outstanding achievements and artistry.