Grammy Award winner, Mark S. Doss has sung with the major orchestras of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago and Toronto, while additionally performing 95 roles with more than 60 major opera companies around the world, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Vienna State Opera, London’s Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Canadian Opera Company.
Mr. Doss begins the current season with a Masterclass & Recital at the University of Florida in Orlando, while concluding the previous season with Méphistophélès in Faust at the Dorset Opera Festival in the UK and Balstrode in Peter Grimes with the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Italy.
The last two seasons included Sujskij in Dvorák’s Dimitrij at Odessey Opera in Boston, Méphistophélès in Faust with Ópera Oviedo in Spain, a recording of the title role in Stephen Colantti’s The Selfish Giant (CD on the ECO Records label), Amonasro in Aida with the Teatro Regio in Turin, Cadmus in Henze’s The Bassarids with the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, a return to Chicago for the DIY Messiah, the signature role of Jochanaan in Salome in his debut with the Teatre Principal de Palma in Mallorca, Spain (winning the opera company’s most impressive male singer of the season award), and he performed the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth with the Dorset Opera Festival to great critical acclaim.
Highlights of previous seasons featured Mr. Doss as Germont in La Traviata with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Hyogo, Japan, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Bozeman Symphony, the Verdi Requiem with the OSO and Ottawa Choral Society, Jochanaan in Salome with the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo, Brazil; the Colonial Soldier in Nicholas Lens’ World Premier of Shell Shock at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (CD on the Universal label), and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah in Chicago, appearing there on FOX and ABC 7 TV, as well as having a feature article in The Chicago Sun Times.
Additional highlights found him doing the title role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Teatro Regio di Torino, double bill performances of Premysl (Sarka) and Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) with the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, the Dutchman at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann with the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Princeton, New Jersey, (CD through Naxos on the Westminster Choir College label), Simone in Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie with the Teatro Regio, the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele with Oper Frankfurt, and Pizarro (Fidelio) with the Dorset Opera Festival.
Upcoming engagements include a program of arias and songs with the Bozeman and Wyoming Symphonies, Alfio in Cavalleria rusticana with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Scarpia in Tosca with Welsh National Opera, Four Recitals on the east coast (including NYC), Cadmus in Henze’s Bassarids with the RTE Orchestra in Madrid, the High Priest in Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine with the Dallas Opera, and the Grandfather in the World Premiere of The Time of Our Singing with the Théâtre de la Monnaie.
Mr. Doss has been presented with the prestigious Entertainment Award from Planet Africa, which recognizes his achievements as an artist with the reputation of being a positive role model for youths, both in Canada and in the United States. His ongoing Role Preparation Masterclass, fundraising efforts for opera companies and orchestras, as well as volunteering for church soloist and cantor opportunities are among his many endeavors in continuing to give back to the community.