Marcus Farnsworth BARITONE

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.

Recitals in the 2013/14 season include debuts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and La Monnaie, Brussels with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake; concerts for the Australian Chamber Music Festival; a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; Salute to Venice with Graham Johnson for Leeds Lieder; a recital for Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper and an appearance at the Wigmore Hall with the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton. Recent highlights have included appearances at the Wigmore Hall Britten Festival with Malcolm Martineau and Julius Drake; a recital for the Lammermuir Festival and BBC Radio Three; appearances at the Oxford Lieder Festival, with the Carducci Quartet and further recitals with Simon Lepper, Iain Burnside, and Graham Johnson and James Baillieu.

Opera plans this season and beyond include further performances of Eddy in Mark-Anthony Turnage Greek for Music Theatre Wales, including at ROH 2; Guglielmo in a new production of Mozart Così fan tutte for English National Opera; in concert, Sid in Britten Albert Herring with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and appearances at Théâtre des Champs Élysée, Paris, Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Lausanne. Marcus will also sing Britten War Requiem with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and at Truro Cathedral; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ with the BBC SO; Brahms Requiem for Aldeburgh Music; Jesus in Elgar The Apostles at the 2014 Three Choirs Festival; St Matthew Passion (Christus and bass arias) in Poland with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and Peter Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King on a UK tour with the Hebrides Ensemble.

Recent opera highlights include English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for ENO; the title role in Britten Owen Wingrave for the International Chamber Music Festival, Nuremberg and in concert, Kilian Der Freischütz with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis and Aeneas in Purcell Dido and Aeneas for the Early Opera Company and Christian Curnyn at Wigmore Hall.

Marcus has also recently sung Son, in the world première of David Sawer Flesh and Blood with the BBCSO; Thomas Larcher Die Nacht der Verlorenen on a European tour and recording; Dvorak Te Deum with the RLPO; Monteverdi Vespers in a European tour with Emmanuelle Haïm; Haydn Paukenmesse with the BBC SSO and Bernard Labardie; Nielsen Symphony No 3 with the LSO and Davis; Bach Ich habe Genug and St John Passion (arias) with the Academy of Ancient Music; Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Wermlands Opera Orchestra, Karlstad, and Bach St John and St Matthew Passions (Christus and bass arias) with the Gabrieli Consort.

Marcus was a chorister at Southwell Minster and read music at the University of Manchester, graduating with a first class honours degree. He completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in July 2011, where roles included Guglielmo Così fan tutte; Sid Albert Herring; Oreste in Cavalli Giasone and Meredith in Peter Maxwell Davies Kommilitonen!

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