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Mark Diamond (Baritone)

Born: Augusta, Georgia, USA

The American baritone, Mark Diamond, received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia Southern University, where he studied voice with Dr. Allen Henderson, and pursued studies for a Master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Bill McGraw. He is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, and the 2011 Sun Valley Opera Competition in Seattle, Washington. He was twice a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded 2nd Prize in the Charles A. Lynam Competition in North Carolina.

During the 2010-2011 season, Mark Diamond made his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut as the baritone soloist in George Frideric Handel's Messiah, performed Count Almaviva in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro with Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and appeared as the baritone soloist in Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with both the CCM Chamber Orchestra and SUNY Fredonia. Previously, he covered Tarquinius in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at Aspen Opera Theater as a member of the Aspen Opera Studio.

Mark Diamond spent the summer of 2011 as a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where he sang the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He gained particular notice in the summer of 2010, when he sang the role of Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at the Glimmerglass Festival. As a member of the company’s Young American Artist Program, he also covered Araspe in G.F. Handel's Tolomeo, and was a recipient of a 2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grantfrom the Shoshana Foundation.

Mark Diamond is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. During his first season with the Studio of Houston Grand Opera, he sang performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, and covered Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Rodrigue in Don Carlos.

Mark Diamond is a graduate of the Studio of Houston Grand Opera, where performances during the 2012-2013 season included Marcello in La bohème and the Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, as well as covers of Don Giovanni in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri, and Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat. He returned to Aspen Music Festival, where he previously sang Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, in summer 2013, as Swallow in a semi-staged performance of Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes, conducted by Robert Spano.

During the 2013-2014 season, he returns as a guest artist to Houston Grand Opera, for the role of Count Carlo-Magnus in A Little Night Music. The following season, he debuts with the French opera theaters of Limoges, Caen, and Reims, as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and sings Maximillian in performances of Leonard Bernstein's Candide with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop.

In 2015, Mark Diamond garduated in Voice and Opera from Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas, He currently lives in Houston, Texas. He is engaged to the soprano Lauren Snouffer.

Source: Fletcher Artist Management Website; Mark Diamond profile on Facebook
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Aryeh Oron (January 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Video (2011): BWV 211

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Mark Diamond (Fletcher Artist Management)

Mark Diamond on Facebook

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