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The great North American bass-baritone Mark Steven Doss will perform an evening of operatic arias, art songs, and spirituals with pianist Reed Tetzloff.
(1) Pietà, rispetto, onore – Macbeth – Verdi (possibly alternate with “Dio di Giuda” from Nabucco)
(2) Dostig ja vyessy vlasti – Boris Godunov – Mussorgsky
(3) Lawd Jesus, heah my Prayer – Emperor Jones – Gruenberg
(4) Abendlich – Das Rheingold – Wagner
(5) Cortigiani – Rigoletto – Verdi (possibly alternate with “Dio di Giuda” from Nabucco)
Selected Dvorak Biblical Songs
(6) Oh, my shepherd is the Lord
(7) Song of gladness
(8) My eyes will I to the hills lift up
(9) Oh, sing unto the Lord
Selected Drozdoff Songs
(10) Lousiana Lullaby
(12) Midnight Review
Spiritual Arrangements of Mark Hays
(13) The Gospel of Grace
(14) Deep River
(15) Behold that Star!
Popular Song Tributes
(16) Somebody Bigger than You and I
(17) Yes, Jesus Loves Me!
(18) You Raise Me Up!
(19) I’ll Walk With God
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. For a second year, it will be possible for local audiences to hear the international opera star’s powerful voice in a pair of very intimate 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 Connecticut and New York City to perform solo recitals in the new Soirees by Moonlight salons presented by opera star Pamela Kuhn at the Greenwich Arts Center on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., and at St. John’s in the Village Gallery on June 18, at 7 p.m. Mr. Doss will be joined for the performance by American concert pianist, Reed Tetzloff. 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.
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.