San Diego, California – April 8, 2013 – Mark S. Doss, international opera singer and Grammy Award winner, is returning to the San Diego Opera as Amonasro in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida on April 20, 23, 26 and 28, 2013. This is his sixth role with the San Diego Opera since 1991.
“Amonasro is one of my signature roles, which I began performing over 15 years ago,” says Doss. “Aida is a compelling love story with tragic consequences. With each performance, I endeavor to delve deeper and deeper into the musical, dramatic and linguistic complexities of the role, aided by pure emotional expression and the numerous inflections I can command with my voice. I am particularly excited about doing this role for the first time with maestro Daniele Callegari, whom I admire a great deal.”
The bass-baritone’s spirited interpretation of Amonasro, the Ethiopian King, continues to bring him to the stage of many leading opera houses, including the Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala and Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House in London. He most recently performed in the role before American audiences at Opera Tampa (April 2012), building upon past Stateside appearances in Pittsburgh, Houston and Minnesota during his illustrious career. Doss has also garnered praise by critics for his work as Amonasro, with the San Francisco Sentinel noting his “…strong and authoritative bass-baritone voice” and Opera News calling his portrayal “compelling.”
This is Doss’ second production of Aida since receiving Planet Africa’s Entertainment Award in 2011 for his accomplishments in the performing arts and being a positive role model for youths. Playing the Ethiopian King truly makes performing the role very poignant considering it’s an African-based opera.
Doss arrives in sunny San Diego after completing a successful run of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in Bologna, Italy. The opening night of the Dutchman was telecast on RAI 5 some five days later and will soon be released on DVD. His Dutchman role generated rave reviews – notably Francesco Lora of Il Corriere Musicale wrote, “Not only in the monologue, you can admire the leadership of Mark S. Doss, a voice with exceptional resonance, rich harmonics, masculine burnished tone and emphasis as authoritative as to evoke the terrible god Wotan.”
The Grammy winning opera singer will soon reprise the role of Amonasro in the Teatro de la Maestranza’s run of Aida in Seville, Spain (October/November 2013), followed by performances as The Four Villains in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann in Tokyo, Japan (November/December 2013).
Doss has received significant media coverage in connection to his recent performances, making guest TV appearances on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and Toronto News at Six, Rogers TV, and OMNI.