Chanteur du jour: Mark S. Doss
Mark S. Doss performs Escamillo’s Todeador Song at the Florentine Opera Company 75th Anniversary Concert and Celebrations May 23, 2009
*Updated Friday February 25, 2011 – Mark’s signature role is Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, not the title role in Boito’s Mefistofeles, as I had originally indicated.*
Everyone has been buzzing about the COC’s new season announcement, and I am just as excited as the next girl to watch Saariaho’s Love From Afar, and see Susan Graham, Russell Braun and Adrienne Pieczonka perform. Another name that keeps coming up is Mark S.Doss. He has won a Grammy award for a 1993 recording of Semele featuring Kathleen Battle, and will be performing tonight at Opera Tampa’s “A Night of Stars” honouring Placido Domingo.
I am honored to be performing on this very special evening as Opera Tampa pays tribute to Plácido Domingo…I am also quite excited to be preparing my selections with Sherrill Milnes, for whom I first sang the Toréador Song from Carmen during a Master Class when I was in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s training program.
Doss made his La Scala debut in 2004 as Escamillo in Carmen, and has appeared in the roles of Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida at La Scala, Jochanaan in Strauss’s Salome at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and began singing his signature role of Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust, more than 25 years ago and has since been cast in this part by numerous leading opera companies around the world.
Mark S. Doss will be appearing as Thoas in the COC’s fall production of Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris alongside Susan Graham and Russell Braun.