Mark Diamond, baritone

 
 

Baritone Mark Diamond recently completed his first season as a member of the Studio of Houston Grand Opera, where performances during the season included Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia and the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata, as well as covers of Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia and Rodrigue in Don Carlos. Most recently, Mr. Diamond sang Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Aspen Music Festival. For the 2012-2013 season, he returns to Houston Grand Opera for performances of Marcello in La bohème and the Steersman in Tristan und Isolde, as well as covers of Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), and Gaylord Ravenal (Showboat).


Mark Diamond is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation. Future seasons at Houston Grand Opera include a performance as Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music, with a subsequent appearance there in a world premiere.

Mr. Diamond spent the summer of 2011 as a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where he sang the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He gained particular notice in the summer of 2010, when he sang the role of Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at the Glimmerglass Festival. As a member of the company’s Young American Artist Program, he also covered Araspe in Handel’s Tolomeo, and was a recipient of a 2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.


During the 2010-2011 season, Mark Diamond made his Cincinnati Symphony debut as the baritone soloist in Handel’s Messiah, performed Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and appeared as the baritone soloist in Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with both the CCM Chamber Orchestra and SUNY Fredonia. Previously, Mr. Diamond covered Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia at Aspen Opera Theater as a member of the Aspen Opera Studio.


He is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, and the 2011 Sun Valley Opera Competition in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Diamond was twice a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded 2nd Prize in the Charles A. Lynam Competition in North Carolina.


A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mark Diamond received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia Southern University, where he studied voice with Dr. Allen Henderson, and pursued studies for a Master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Bill McGraw.