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Mark Tucker (Tenor)

Born: August 10, 1958 - England

The English tenor, Mark Tucker, studied at Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Mark Tucker's appearances in opera, concert and Lieder have been widely acclaimed, and he is now established as one of the foremost tenors of his generation. An outstanding interpreter in the baroque and classical repertoire, he has performed throughout Europe and recorded under leading conductors, such as Michel Corboz, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington and Sigiswald Kuijken. He has appeared at the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Beaune, Florence, Flanders and Utrecht. He sang the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at the Maltings, Snape, and in St John Passion (BWV 245) with the King's College Choir Cambridge under Stephen Cleobury, Monteverdi's Vespers at St Mark's Venice conducted by John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir. Other ensembles with which he has worked include the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Sixteen, City of London Sinfonia, the Netherlands Bach Choir, the Northern Sinfonia and the Taverner Choir. He appeared at Bruges Festival in 1984 as Monteverdi's Orfeo. He made his London recital debut in 1984 at the Purcell Room and his Festival Hall debut in Messiah in 1984. He contributed to European Music Year 1985 with Peri's Orfeo under Philippe Herreweghe in Florence. Other highlights include Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 at the Salzburg Festival, L'incoronazione di Poppea in Amsterdam, New York and on tour in Italy, and many of the Mozart tenor roles.

Mark Tucker performed for BBC Radio 3 in Peter Schmoll by Weber and the premiere of Scarlatti's Una villa di Tuscolo. He also appeared in Granada TV's Man and Music series. He gave recitals with Nigel North and David Mason. In 1990-1991 season he sang in Die Entführung at the Newbury and Spitalfields Festivals, and Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Aarhus, Denmark, conducted by Richard Hickox. Further operatic roles include Cavalli's Egisto, Alcide in Rameau's Les Fetes de Polymnie, Eurimaco in Monteverdi's Ulisse, and Mozart's Bastien, Belmonte and Tamino. He has sung in concert performances of Rameau's Pygmalion in Stuttgart, Rouen and Utrecht, conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken. Later repertoire includes Nicolai's Fenton and Igor Stravinsky's Oedipus.

Source: Riverrun Records Website; Gothic Voices Website; International Who's Who in Music & International Directory (13th Edition, 1992/93)
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