Baritone MARK STONE was born in London and studied mathematics at King’s College, Cambridge, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1998 he was awarded the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni for the Deutsche Oper Berlin and New Zealand Opera; Storch (Intermezzo) at Garsington Opera; Valmont (Francesconi’s Quartett) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Ned Keene (Peter Grimes), with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and at the Beijing International Festival; Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) in Finland and Hamburg Opera; Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons; Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) for the London Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding; and a tour to the U.S as the Ferryman in Netia Jones’ acclaimed production of Britten’s Curlew River. His many roles at the English National Opera have included Don Giovanni, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Marcello (La bohème), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Chou-en-Lai (Nixon in China), and Prince Yamadori in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly.
In the U.S. he has appeared regularly at the Philadelphia Opera, where his roles include Ford (Falstaff), Germont Père (La traviata), the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and most recently Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). He has also sung Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) in Santa Fe.
Recent performances include the New York Philharmonic and Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Adès (Totentanz); Rotterdam Philharmonic and James Gaffigan (A Sea Symphony); the Kammerorchester Basel and Paul Goodwin (Messiah); the São Paulo State Symphony (Beethoven Mass); City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne (Brahms Requiem); Helsinki Philharmonic, CBSO, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with John Storgårds (Belshazzar’s Feast); and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Manze (A Sea Symphony).
2016/17 includes the title role in Wozzeck at Geneva Opera; Los Angeles Philharmonic and Britten Sinfonia with Thomas Adès (Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground), Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia with Paul Goodwin (Messiah); Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Adès (Totentanz); and a return to the Welsh National Opera for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus).
Other concert highlights include Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia (Mahler Symphony No. 8); Vladimir Jurowski and the Dresden Staatskapelle (Auerbach Requiem); the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano (Guillaume Tell); the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder (Kindertotenlieder); the Gabrieli Consort with Paul McCreesh (Acis and Galatea); the Bamberger Symphoniker with Sir Roger Norrington; Xian Zhang in Milan (Britten War Requiem); Michael Schoenwandt in Amsterdam (Jeths Hôtel de Pékin); Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (MacMillan Passion); and James Judd and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Elgar The Dream of Gerontius).
A keen recitalist, he has sung in New York at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London, at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and at the Canterbury and Buxton festivals.
His recordings include Eugene Onegin (extracts) with Pappano (EMI), Les Troyens with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live), Billy Budd with the LSO and Harding (Virgin/EMI); Bellini’s La straniera with the LPO and Parry (Opera Rara); and Mozart arias with the Classical Opera Company (Sony BMG). His solo recital discs – Roger Quilter’s Songs (Sony BMG); English Love, the complete Butterworth Songbook; and the complete Delius Songbook (Stone Records) – have all received widespread critical acclaim.