Mark Le Brocq

Mark Le Brocq

TENOR

Representation: General Management

Overview

Tenor Mark Le Brocq is taking his first steps on the road as a Wagnerian tenor. His excellent Loge for Longborough won outstanding reviews, Siegmund is next in the planning. Mark has been involved with many productions for Opera North and is enjoying a close relationship with Welsh National Opera. On the concert platform he recently appeared at the Casa da Musica in Portugal and with the Academy of Ancient Music.

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Full Biography

Mark Le Brocq held a choral scholarship at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he read English.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Kenneth Bowen and later continued at the National Opera Studio where he was sponsored by The Friends of English National Opera.  Upon completing his studies, Mark became a Company Principal with ENO.

Mark’s opera roles include Sergeant Snell in the world premiere of Iain Bell’s In Parenthesis and his one-man chamber opera A Christmas Carol¸ Painter/Client Lulu in Cardiff and Teatro Comunale Bolzano, Aron Moses und Aron, Le Medecin Fall of the House of Usher, all for WNO.  He has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet, as Smee Peter Pan with the Royal Opera and in Errollyn Wallen’s Yes at the Linbury Studio.  His many roles with Opera North include Bob Boles Peter Grimes, Shapkin From the House of the Dead, Vitek The Makropulos Case (also at Edinburgh International Festival), and appearances in The Portrait and Cautionary Tales!  Further engagements include General Sir Philip Wingrave Owen Wingrave for Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy, and the title role in Šimon Voseček’s Biedermann and the Arsonists for Independent Opera (UK premiere).  Engagements in Wagner repertory include Loge Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival, for which Mark won outstanding reviews, and Froh Das Rheingold, Steersman Der fliegende Holländer and his role debut as Siegmund Die Walküre for Opera North.

On the concert platform Mark has appeared as a soloist worldwide.  UK Performances include Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts in St Paul’s Cathedral; Christmas Oratorio at Cadogan Hall;Beethoven Missa Solemnis at the Three Choirs Festival;  St Matthew Passion with the Academy of Ancient Music;  St Nicholas with the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North;  Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings for Rambert;  Orff’s Carmina Burana (Ulster Orchestra, RLPO and at the Royal Albert Hall) and  Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.  Mark has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Schubert’s Mass in E Flat and Goldschmidt’s Mediterranean Songs, and has performed Mozart Requiem and Handel Dixit Dominus at the BBC Proms.  Further afield, he has performed B Minor Mass with the Israel Camerata;  Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw and Janáček’s The Eternal Gospel with Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal;  and Janáček The Diary of One Who Disappeared at Nuremberg International Festival.

Mark’s fast-growing discography includes Messiah (Northern Sinfonia/Jane Glover)Valete in Pace (Britten Sinfonia/Andrew Parrott);  Young Sailor Tristan und Isolde (BBC Symphony/Donald Runnicles);  Pang Turandot and Remendado Carmen for Chandos;  Samson, Saul and Judas Maccabeus in live recordings from the Maulbronn Festival;  Purcell Hail Bright Cecilia with the Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh for DG;  a collection of anthems by Handel, Blow and Boyce with the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral/John Scott for Hyperion, and Offenbach Vert-Vert for Opera Rara.

Last season, Mark made his house debut at the Semperoper Dresden in the role of Mephistopheles Doktor Faust. He also sang Governor in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera, and took A Christmas Carol to Italy for two performances in Trento.  He returned to WNO as Bassanio in Keith Warner’s new production of André Tchaikowsky’s rediscovered The Merchant of Venice, which was later reprised at the Royal Opera House as part of WNO’s London Residency with Covent Garden. On the concert platform he sang Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Orquesta de Extremadura.

This season, Mark returns to WNO to sing Vasily Golitsyn Khovanshchina and Filka Morozov From the House of the Dead. He will also make his house debut at the Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, in a double bill of Mahagonny and The Seven Deadly Sins.

Artist Website: www.marklebrocq.co.uk

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to make sure you receive the most up to date version.
Email: Evie Parker

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News

WNO: Khovanshchina BBC Radio 3

November 3rd, 2017

The performance recorded on 7th October will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 at 18.30 on Saturday 4th November, featuring Simon Bailey (Shaklovity), Mark Le Brocq (Vasily Golitsyn) and Adrian Thompson (Scribe) BBC Radio 3 Broadcast

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A Russian Revolution

September 19th, 2017

Khovanshchina, From the House of the Dead and Eugene Onegin dominate the autumn season at Welsh National Opera

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Shakespeare at Covent Garden

July 20th, 2017

Mark le Brocq reprises the role of Bassanio in André Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice.

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Wagner’s RING on BBC iPlayer

February 20th, 2017

The Opera North complete Ring cycle is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer

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Premiere of Hartmann’s SIMPLICIUS SIMPLICISSIMUS

November 9th, 2016

Hazard Chase artists headline the cast list

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Reviews

Mussorgsky – KHOVANSHCHINA, Welsh National Opera

“On a stage packed with riveting characterisations and eye-catching cameos, Robert Hayward’s ruthless Khovansky is immense, Mark Le Brocq is excellent as the weaselly Golitsyn, and Simon Bailey musters huge emotions in Shaklovity’s anguished lament for Russia’s woes.”
The Times. Richard Morrison (26 Sept’17)

 

Janacek – FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD, Welsh National Opera

“But every singer here pushes themselves to the utmost in portrayals of great force, notably Alan Oke’s Skuratov, Mark Le Brocq’s Luka Kuzmich and Simon Bailey’s Shishkov”
The Guardian, Rian Evans (9 Oct ’17)

 

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Dream of Gerontius: RTE National Symphony Orchestra

“Tenor Mark Le Brocq stood out among the impressive trio of soloists. Possessing a tight vibrato, pellucid diction and a consistently warm sounding voice, he convincingly portrayed the gamut of emotion of Gerontius. In particular, Le Brocq conveyed the loneliness and sorrow of impending death in Sanctus fortis brilliantly, his passionate pleas to pray for his eternal repose being highly charged.”
Bachtrack, Andrew Larkin (May 2017)

André Tchaikowsky THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (WNO)

“Mark Le Brocq a sweet tenor Bassanio”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph (Sept 2016)

Wagner – Die Walküre (Opera North)

“The principal singers gave their all. Mark le Brocq (Siegmund) and Lee Bisset (Sieglinde) transmitted white-hot passion both in their incestuous love for each other and in their defiance of the gods.”
William Ruff, Nottingham Post (June 2016)

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Bell A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Welsh National Opera)

“Credited simply as Narrator, Le Brocq deserved to have had all the roles he portrayed listed individually: he characterized each one – over 20 in all – with much care.  Words always crystal-clear, he realized an extraordinary diversity of accents and voices, male, female, young and old, in a rich variety of colours.  Apart from anything else it was a feat of endurance”
Rian Evans, Opera Magazine (February 2016)

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Voseček BIEDERMANN UND DIE BRANDSTIFTER (Independent Opera)

“Mark Le Brocq perfectly captures the ineffectual Biedermann and, remarkably, never tires in vocal writing which continues to ascend as the character loses his grip on reality.”
Edward Bhesania, The Stage (November 2015)

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“Mark le Brocq was striking indeed in the role of Gottlieb Biedermann, bringing a self-deluding everyman feel to the character whilst attacking the fearsome tenor part, with its thickets of top B flats, with brilliance and confidence.”
Planet Hugill (November 2015)

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Discography & Repertoire

Handel – MESSIAH

With Mark Le Brocq (tenor), Elizabeth Watts (soprano), James Oldfield (bass) and Catherine Wyn-Rogers (alto) with Huddersfield Choral Society and Northern Sinfonia conducted by Jane Glover.

SIGNUM CLASSICS (2011)

Offenbach – VERT-VERT

With Mark Le Brocq (Binet), Toby Spence (Valentin), Bathilde (Lucy Crowe), Mark Stone (Le Comte) and Anne-Marie Owens (Madamoiselle Paturelle). David Parry conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra.

OPERA RARA (2010)

Handel – JUDAS MACCABEUS

With Mark Le Brocq (tenor), Catherine King (soprano), Charles Humphries (counter-tenor) and Christopher Purves (baritone).  Jürgen Budday conducts the Maulbronner Kammerchor.

KUK-VERLAGSANSTALT (2008)

Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
sue.nicholls@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Evie Parker (Cambridge)
evie.parker@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706414