MARK DAVIS  - BIOGRAPHY

 

Baritone Mark Owen Davis now specializes in the Verdi repertoire after a twenty-year career performing a wide range of music in recital, oratorio, and opera.  From the world premier of Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphée to the standard Grand Opera repertoire, Mr. Davis has sung leading roles in over thirty operas, including Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, Floyd’s Susannah, Britten’s Owen Wingrave, and Verdi’s Il Trovatore.  Mr. Davis’ Oratorio roles are extensive, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, Brahms, and Verdi, Haydn’s Creation, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and many others.  His solo engagements have included appearances with Opera Columbus, the Cleveland Opera Theater Ensemble, the Brevard Music Center Opera and Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the New York Festival Orchestra, the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony under Margaret Hillis, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, and the Hellenic Camerata of Greece, among others.  Mr. Davis has performed and recorded numerous times at Carnegie Hall and in France as a member and bass section leader of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers.

Mr. Davis’ career at the university level has included roles as conductor, opera director, and teacher/clinician.  He has directed more than thirty major oratorios, national and international choir tours, and has been Director of Voice, Opera, and Choirs at both Marietta College in Ohio, and Emory & Henry College in Virginia.  Currently, he serves as Director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.  He presides over the Master’s Voice Studio in Kingsport and in Abingdon, Virginia.  He continues to be much sought after as a recitalist and a clinician in both choral and vocal master classes.

 

 
 

 

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