Grammy Winner Mark S. Doss performs solo recital at New York’s Baruch Performing Arts Center, May 16th

Global opera star returns to America with recital concert dates announced for New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Connecticut; follows on lauded performance in Tosca

New York, New York – April 17, 2018 Q: Who is Mark Steven Doss? Is he… John the Baptist or Méphistophélès? Performing spirituals or Baroque Oratorio? From West Point or the seminary? Preaching from a pulpit or inspiring audiences from the stages of the world’s most prestigious opera houses? The right voice or the wrong voice? The right ethnic background or the wrong one?

Embodying these dualities during his lifetime, Mr. Doss has successfully woven the contrasts together into a celebrated operatic career spanning three decades. Performing nearly 100 stage roles to date with 60-plus major opera companies worldwide, his talents have taken the North American bass baritone from New York City Opera and Chicago Lyric to La Scala and London’s Covent Garden. Now local audiences will have the opportunity to hear the international opera star’s powerful voice in a special series of performances.

Grammy Award winner, former Metropolitan Opera Finalist Winner, 1st Prize Winner of the International Verdi Competition and recipient of the National Institute for Music Theatre’s George London Opera Prize, opera star Mark S. Doss returns to New York City to perform a solo recital at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on May 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Doss will be joined for the performance by Russian pianist, Artist of the Moscow Philharmonic Society, and winner of the 2016 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Audition, Vyacheslav Gryaznov. Both are artists-in-residence at The Drozdoff Society.

“Mr. Doss found a compelling ministry when he answered the call to sing; I have not often found such a perfect marriage of voice, bearing, acting of the highest order, intelligence, humility, musicianship, integrity, and generosity of spirit in one performer,” said Natasha Cherny, Founder of The Drozdoff Society.

Part of The Drozdoff Society’s Impromptu! Classical Music Recital Series, Mr. Doss’ program will include both classical and contemporary repertoire, encompassing five languages and genres and several musical epochs. The New York performance is in the first leg of Mr. Doss’ four-state solo recital series with the society from May 13th through to 22nd, with engagements in New Haven, CT, Stamford, CT, Baltimore, MD, and Red Bank, NJ (additional details are provided below).

Recent acclaim for Scarpia performance in Tosca

Celebrated by critics and audiences for his signature performances as Méphistophélès in Faust, Amonasro in Aida, and the title roles in Verdi’s Macbeth and The Flying Dutchman, Mr. Doss has received universal praise for his recent portrayal as the villainous Baron Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca with the Welsh National Opera (WNO) this past winter-spring. Of note:

“As for Scarpia, American Mark S Doss was quite brilliant in the role – which is undoubtedly one of the greatest in opera. A strong punchy baritone, he chewed up the stage with an elegant but menacing flamboyance – at times fastidious, at times revelling in his forthcoming conquest – not to mention a suitably louche silk morning coat. He was overall the best Scarpia I have seen performed live, mixing beauty with brutality.”
– Will Frampton, Bournemouth Daily Echo, Friday, March 23, 2018

“Mark S Doss, however, is spot-on as Scarpia, avarice and evil wrapped up in swagger, menace and dangerous charm.”
– Rebecca Franks, The Times of London, February 13, 2018

“Mark S Doss’s Scarpia achieves more by means of a dark solid core to his tone and a manner that combines some of the suavity and sadism required for this iconic operatic villain.”
– George Hall, The Stage, February 13, 2018

Media and industry recognition

In recent years, Mr. Doss’ performances and storied career have earned him significant media attention. TV appearances include ABC, NBC, FOX, KPBS, CBC Television, CBC News Toronto, Rogers, and OMNI, as well as an array of print and radio interviews (The Chicago Sun-Times, The National Post, The Toronto Star, NPR-KUSC Los Angeles, WUSF Tampa, and Radio Canada International, amongst others).

Mr. Doss is also a recipient of the prestigious Entertainment Award from Planet Africa, recognizing his achievements both as an artist and for being a positive role model for youth, both in Canada and the United States. Appreciative of his tremendous success, Mr. Doss always finds time to share with the communities in which he lives and works, presenting master classes and teaching apprentice artists. He also donates his time and talents to fundraising concerts for churches and opera companies.

Recital dates, locations

Mr. Doss performs at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on May 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET, in the Rosalyn and Irwin Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Avenue, New York City. Tickets are available at the box office, online or by calling 212-352-3101.

Other scheduled performances in Mr. Doss’ four-state solo recital series with The Drozdoff Society (May 13-22, 2018) include:

• First Presbyterian (“Fish”) Church of Stamford and PROJECT MUSIC in Stamford, Connecticut (May 13 and May 22);
• Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids in Baltimore, Maryland (May 14 and 15);
• Lyric Hall Theater and the Truman School in New Haven, Connecticut (May 17 and 21); and
• Classical Music at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank, New Jersey (May 19, 2018).

Please call 347-224-7577 for information about the announced recitals.

You can connect with Mark S. Doss through his Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mark-S-Doss/78423203990), watch his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/marksdoss) and follow him @marksdoss on Twitter (http://twitter.com/marksdoss).

ABOUT MARK S. DOSS:
Mark S. Doss (www.marksdoss.com) is a celebrated bass-baritone whose accomplishments include a Grammy Award for his work on the recording of Semele (Handel), and numerous engagements with the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Mr. Doss began his musical studies to aid in his ambitions to become a Catholic priest, but instead found opera to be his true calling. He has since emerged as one of the opera world’s leading singers, performing nearly 100 stage roles to date with more than 60 major opera companies around the globe.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:

Adam Bello
Publicity office for Mark S. Doss
+ 1 (416) 489-0092
media@marksdoss.com
www.marksdoss.com

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DROZDOFF SOCIETY

Natasha O. Cherny
Founder, Co-President
The Drozdoff Society
+1 (347) 224-7577
natasha@vladimirdrozdoff.com
www.vladimirdrozdoff.com

The Daily Echo – Puccini’s Tosca

“As for Scarpia, American Mark S Doss was quite brilliant in the role – which is undoubtedly one of the greatest in opera.

A strong punchy baritone, he chewed up the stage with an elegant but menacing flamboyance – at times fastidious, at times revelling in his forthcoming conquest – not to mention a suitably louche silk gown.

He was overall the best Scarpia I have seen performed live, mixing beauty with brutality.”

Published in The Daily Echo by Will Frampton
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The Review’s Hub – Puccini’s Tosca

“Mark S Doss is a highlight, relishing in playing up the villainous Scarpia. Mellifluous and prowling, he cuts an unnerving figure as he stalks around Tosca with increasing lust, matched by his deep and rich bass-baritone. On occasion in productions of Tosca, the orchestra can overpower, but here the singers are all well matched and in Mark S Doss’s case, soars in his spine-tingling and sinister Act 1 closer, Te Deum.”

Published in The Review’s Hub by Emily Pearce
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Bachtrack – Puccini’s Tosca

“Mark S Doss sang Scarpia with pleasing depth of character beyond the thuggish villain he can sometimes be. This was a scheming, manipulative and cruel chief of police who delighted in tormenting Tosca during her lover’s torture while simultaneously carving a ham. His tall, upright figure and measured but striking tone more often hinted at great power rather than trying to dominate the stage through mere volume, and the result was something quite menacing.”

Published in bachtrack by Rohan Shotton
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TheArtsDesk – Puccini’s Tosca

“Scarpia, likewise, is a one-dimensional figure, though the dimension is large: an Iago in authority and of a viciousness not confined to a single grudge. Mark S Doss portrays well both the ruthlessness and the elegance that if anything intensifies the cruelty, and he sings with a certain refined power, imposing himself on proceedings from the moment of his arrival at Sant’ Andrea – not, admittedly, a moment that Puccini is inclined to play down. Scarpia may be an ugly character, but his genre, unlike Iago’s, is civilised. Doss gets absolutely right, in voice and manner, the extremely sinister tone of this combination.”

Published at TheArtsDesk.com by Stephen Walsh
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Opera star Mark S. Doss debuts with Welsh National Opera in Puccini’s Tosca

Grammy winner reprises Scarpia in WNO staging of Puccini’s iconic opera

Cardiff, Wales – February 8, 2018 – International opera star Mark S. Doss is proud to announce his debut with the Welsh National Opera (WNO) as Scarpia in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca. The 16-performance run starts February 9, 2018, at the WNO resident opera house, the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, followed by performances in other UK cities.

“The Welsh National Opera has a reputation for staging energetic, adventurous interpretations of classic operas, and Tosca will be no exception,” says Mr. Doss, a Grammy Award winning bass-baritone. “Puccini’s Tosca is as relevant today as ever, with its dynamics of politics and passion, of power and corruption, of selfishness and self-sacrifice. Playing the role of Scarpia, an arrogant, unscrupulous lawman, is a delve into some of the worst traits of the human condition, which I intend to portray without reservation.”

Considered one of opera’s most powerful and iconic works since it was first staged in 1900, Tosca, set in Rome 1800, tells a social-political tale revolving around Floria Tosca, a fast-tempered diva. Mr. Doss takes on Baron Scarpia, a sadistic chief of police, quick to abuse his power and make unwanted sexual advances to Floria when seeking his help and mercy for her lover (Cavaradossi) and a political fugitive (Cesare Angelotti).

Insights from Mr. Doss on Puccini’s Tosca and his upcoming stage work with the WNO can be found in a soon to be released video interview.

Past acclaim for Scarpia performance

Celebrated by critics and audiences alike for his signature performances as Méphistophélès in Faust and the title roles in Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth and The Flying Dutchman, as well as Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Mr. Doss reprises Scarpia, building on his past renditions, such as Oper Frankfurt’s staging of Tosca, a five-performance run conducted by Steven Mercurio.

While lesser known to some admirers of Mr. Doss’ career, his interpretation of Scarpia has garnered considerable praise. In a review from Boston Lyric Opera’s production of Tosca (with conductor Stephen Lord and Maria Spacagna in the lead role), critic Richard Dyer wrote in The Boston Globe (excerpts):

There was one outstanding performance, by Mark S. Doss as Scarpia … Doss has made his career in bass roles – he was Mephisto in last year’s “Faust” – but he commands the top range for Scarpia; with resonant, wide-open tones he sang every note of a part that is often barked. Subtle he wasn’t, but Scarpia isn’t a notably subtle character. Doss also has the physique and imagination to dramatize the element of sexual appetite and danger….”

Subsequently, Mr. Doss took on the role with the Cleveland Opera under the direction of legendary conductor and composer Anton Coppola, cousin of film director Francis Ford Coppola. Recounting work during that production, Mr. Doss said Coppola, the distinguished maestro, then 81, encouraged him to take every opportunity to perform Scarpia.

“The maestro expressed to me at the curtain call of our dress rehearsal: “You should make this YOUR ROLE!,” Mr. Doss says. “Following the ensuing performance, he again commented at the final curtain, saying: “This IS your role!”

Noteworthy mentors, education for role

A number of industry figures have mentored Mr. Doss in playing Scarpia. He studied the role at Indiana University under both Walter Cassel, famed for his Scarpia performance at the MET, and basso opera singer Nicola Rossi-Lemeni in workshop sessions. Both performers had been stage partners with the late Maria Callas, considered by many to be the most famous Tosca.

In preparation for his first career performance in Tosca, Mr. Doss turned to other career supporters for their insights about other Scarpia performers and their techniques, which led him to reach out to Chicago’s Monastero Family. Known for their support of the Windy City’s performing arts scene and its up-and-coming artists, the family and their famed Monastero’s Ristorante initiated the Bel Canto Foundation and its annual competition which ran for many years, with Mr. Doss being one of its Grand Prize winners. Visiting with Salvatore Monastero, he provided Mr. Doss with insights about Tito Gobbi, famous for his stage work as Scarpia, when the two had worked together on another of the foundation’s initiatives.

“Salvy was the videographer of a Bel Canto seminar in Busseto, Italy, where Tito Gobbi was giving instruction, teaching alongside Verdi tenor, the late Carlo Bergonzi, one of my formative instructors, and Renata Tebaldi, another renowned Tosca,” Mr. Doss says. “He showed me the raw recording sessions, which, together with his insights, gave me perspective on the dramatic aspects of Tito’s Scarpia, including posture and bearing.”

Tosca dates, locations

Performance dates announced for the WNO production of Tosca include Cardiff (February 9, 11 (matinee); 16, 21, & 23); Birmingham (March 8); Southampton (March 22 & 23), Plymouth (March 29 & 30), Milton Keynes (April 4 & 6); Bristol (April 11 & 13) and Llandudno (April 18 & 20, 2018).

Recent and upcoming performances

Mr. Doss’ debut with the WNO in Puccini’s Tosca follows on his recent return to London’s prestigious Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) as Alfio in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana.

During Tosca’s run with the Welsh National Opera, Mr. Doss will also take on the role of Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal with Opera Poznan (Poznan, Poland) in March and, following his time with the WNO, he will be on stage in the Drozdoff Society’s Recital Series (Connecticut, New York, New Jersey) in May and as Cadmus in Hans Werner Henze’s Die Bassariden at Sala Sinfonica (Madrid, Spain) in June. In October, he will take to the stage of the Dallas Opera in The Flying Dutchman, an original production by the Canadian Opera Company.

Additional details about the performances can be found at www.marksdoss.com in the upcoming events section.

Media and industry recognition

In recent years, Mr. Doss’ performances and storied career have earned him significant media attention. TV appearances include ABC, NBC, FOX, KPBS, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, CBC Toronto, Rogers TV, and OMNI, as well as an array of print and radio interviews (The Chicago Sun-Times, The National Post, The Toronto Star, NPR-KUSC Los Angeles, WUSF Tampa, and Radio Canada International, amongst others).

In addition to his Grammy, Mr. Doss is a recipient of the prestigious Entertainment Award from Planet Africa, recognizing his achievements both as an artist and for being a positive role model for youth, both in Canada and in the United States.

You can connect with Mark S. Doss through his Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mark-S-Doss/78423203990), watch his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/marksdoss) and follow him @marksdoss on Twitter (http://twitter.com/marksdoss).

ABOUT MARK S. DOSS:
Mark S. Doss (www.marksdoss.com) is a celebrated bass-baritone whose accomplishments include a Grammy Award for his work on the recording of Semele (Handel), and numerous engagements with the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Mr. Doss began his musical studies to aid in his ambitions to become a Catholic priest, but instead found opera to be his true calling. He has since emerged as one of the opera world’s leading singers, performing nearly 100 stage roles to date with more than 60 major opera companies around the globe.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:

Adam Bello
Publicity office for Mark S. Doss
+ 1 (416) 489-0092
media@marksdoss.com
www.marksdoss.com

Grammy winner Mark S. Doss returns to London’s Royal Opera House in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana

Bass-baritone opera star portrays Alfio in Italian classic at Covent Garden

Casper, Wyoming – October 4, 2017 – Starting this November, international opera star Mark S. Doss will once again grace the stage of London’s prestigious Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) as Alfio in Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana (dates: November 29, and December 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 19 and 22, 2017).

“I am honored and excited to return to London’s Covent Garden and perform in The Royal Opera’s Olivier Award-winning production of Mascagni’s operatic classic,” says Mr. Doss, a Grammy Award winning bass-baritone. “It remains one of the finest embodiments of the Verismo genre, in which the stage focuses on the real lives of real people.”

Reprising Alfio with new energy, vigor

Acclaimed by critics and audiences for his signature performances as Méphistophélès in Faust and the title roles in Verdi’s Macbeth and The Flying Dutchman, Mr. Doss portrays Alfio, the flamboyant, whip snapping town carter in Cavalleria rusticana (“Rustic Chivalry”), a late 19-century opera performed in one act, set in a Sicilian village during Easter. Reprising this stage role for the first time since the 2013 production at Seville’s Teatro de la Maestranza, Mr. Doss says his time away from the jovial character has provided him with fresh perspective to once again take on the part.

“I relish the opportunity to reinterpret Alfio,” Mr. Doss says. “My array of stage work over the last few years has helped me find new vigor and emotional highs for the character. In many respects, Alfio is a driven, larger-than-life figure with bravado to match. I look forward to singing the more gratifying, longer lines of Alfio’s role. The top notes of the aria, the abrupt change in tempo midway through, and the cracking of the whip during the singing will be extremely exciting for all to hear.”

A bittersweet connection

The forthcoming performances of Cavalleria rusticana will also be bittersweet for Mr. Doss. The run will follow in the days after the close of Chicago’s famed Monastero’s Ristorante this November, serving its last patrons after 55 years. Known for their support of the Windy City’s performing arts scene and its up-and-coming artists, the Monastero Family’s restaurant is where Mr. Doss first sang Alfio’s aria “Il cavallo scalpita” (“The horse pawing the ground”) at a dining engagement during his time with Lyric Opera of Chicago. He says Alfio’s aria and his other spotlight performances made over the years at Monastero’s allowed him to try out parts from new roles in front of restaurant patrons, which many times included esteemed colleagues and supporters of the arts.

Mr. Doss added that his association with the Monastero Family has been highlighted by his entry into their Bel Canto Foundation Competition for opera singers in 1985, becoming that year’s grand prize winner. The prize included a trip to Busseto, Italy, and the opportunity to study with noted Verdi tenor, the late Carlo Bergonzi. He then went on to the International Verdi Competition the following year, subsequently winning first prize.

“For over half-a-century, Monastero’s has been a place for Chicagoans to dine and listen to great singing. I am immensely appreciative for the opportunities they gave me to grow as a performer,” Mr. Doss says. “I am proud to be among the grand prize winners of their Bel Canto Foundation, but even more proud to be part of the Monastero Family’s legacy of nurturing and grooming young singers for the opera world.”

Upcoming concert performances

Before taking to the stage in London, Mr. Doss will be the featured artist in performances with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra in Casper, Wyoming (October 7, 2017) and the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra in Bozeman, Montana (October 28-29, 2017). Both concerts will include an array of arias, alongside song selections from folk, stage and screen genres, with Mr. Doss performing the works of Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Boito, Ravel, and Copland, amongst others. Additional details about the performances can be found at www.marksdoss.com in the upcoming events section.

Media and industry recognition

In recent years, Mr. Doss’ performances and storied career have earned him significant media attention. TV appearances include ABC, NBC, FOX, KPBS, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, CBC Toronto, Rogers TV, and OMNI, as well as an array of print and radio interviews (The Chicago Sun-Times, The National Post, The Toronto Star, NPR-KUSC Los Angeles, WUSF Tampa, and Radio Canada International, amongst others).

In addition to his Grammy, Mr. Doss is a recipient of the prestigious Entertainment Award from Planet Africa, recognizing his achievements both as an artist and for being a positive role model for youth, both in Canada and in the United States.

You can connect with Mark S. Doss through his Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mark-S-Doss/78423203990), watch his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/marksdoss) and follow him @marksdoss on Twitter (http://twitter.com/marksdoss).

ABOUT MARK S. DOSS:

Mark S. Doss (www.marksdoss.com) is a celebrated bass-baritone whose accomplishments include a Grammy Award for his work on the recording of Semele (Handel), and numerous engagements with the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Mr. Doss began his musical studies to aid in his ambitions to become a Catholic priest, but instead found opera to be his true calling. He has since emerged as one of the opera world’s leading singers, performing nearly 100 stage roles to date with more than 60 major opera companies around the globe.

FURTHER INFORMATION AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:

Adam Bello

Publicity office for Mark S. Doss

+ 1 (416) 489-0092

media@marksdoss.com

www.marksdoss.com