Mark Le Brocq

Mark Le Brocq

TENOR

Representation: General Management

Overview

Tenor Mark Le Brocq is in demand for his intelligent musicianship, his stagecraft, and the ability to sing some of the most demanding roles in the operatic repertoire.  He has received critical acclaim for Aron (Moses und Aron), Mephistopheles (Doktor Faust), Pierre (War & Peace) and Siegmund (Die Walkure) amongst others.  He has appeared in opera houses across Europe and is equally at home on the concert platform, where his extensive repertoire ranges from Bach to Britten.

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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. Roles at ENO included Tamino The Magic Flute; Paris King Priam; Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville; Narraboth Salome; Cassio Otello; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni; Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro and world premieres including Doctor Maxwell The Silver Tassie and David Sawer’s Morning to Midnight.

Mark’s opera roles include Vasily Golitsyn Khovanshchina, Filka Morozov From the House of the Dead, Bassanio in Keith Warner’s new production of André Tchaikowsky’s rediscovered The Merchant of Venice, 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 Governor in Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus for Independent Opera, 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. He made his house debut at the Semperoper Dresden in the role of Mephistopheles Doktor Faust, later retuning to sing the Prisoner and Grand Inquisitor Il Prigioniero.

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 Dead Man Walking, 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 Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with Orquesta de Extremadura, 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.

Mark’s recent engagements include Pierre in Welsh National Opera’s acclaimed production of War & Peace, Prokofiev’s operatic adaptation of Tolstoy’s famed epic, a role Mark reprised at London’s Royal Opera House this summer as part of WNO’s London residency. He also performed the role of Harry King in Anthropocene, a new work by Stuart Macrae for Scottish Opera, and returned to David Pountney’s production of From the House of the Dead with WNO at the Janáček Brno Festival, Czech Republic. On the concert platform Mark joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra to sing Sylvester in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie, marking the centenary of the Armistice. Most recently Mark reprised his performance as Loge Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival Opera, earning him unanimous praise.

This season Mark returns to Scottish Opera as Mao Tse-tung Nixon in China, a new production from John Fulljames. He then makes a welcome return to Longborough Festival Opera, who continue their Ring Cycle project, to sing Siegmund Die Walküre.

Artist Website: www.marklebrocq.co.uk

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Email: Tom Wood

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News

UK Summer Opera 2019

May 20th, 2019

Hazard Chase artists in this year’s summer opera festivals.

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Holy Week 2019

April 5th, 2019

Hazard Chase artists celebrate the lead up to Easter

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Anthropocene

January 18th, 2019

Mark Le Brocq in world première at Scottish Opera

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From the House of the Dead

November 27th, 2018

Hazard Chase artists repeat their roles at this year’s Brno Festival

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WW1 Centenary

November 8th, 2018

Claire Booth and Mark Le Brocq perform Turnage’s pacifist opera ‘The Silver Tassie’ to mark Armistice Day

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Reviews

Wagner – DAS RHEINGOLD (Longborough Festival Opera)

.”.I’ll single out English tenor, Mark Le Brocq who – in the time honoured fashion of Loges – stole the show.  In his red velvet coat and shaved head he looked like a high-octane Varys from Game of Thrones.”
Adrian Mourby, Opera Now Magazine ,July 2019

“Among the cast, Mark Le Brocq’s foppish, sardonic Loge and Mark Stone’s vocally authoritative Alberich stand out, managing to create stage personalities to match the strength of their musical ones.”
Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 6th June 2019

“The standout (is) … Marc Le Brocq, vocally and visually on top form as a dandyish Loge.”
Inge Kjemtrup, The Stage, 11th June 2019

“The unquestionable star of the show is Mark Le Brocq’s Loge … a kind of fin de siècle Mephistopheles, with frock coat and cane, pirouetting round the stage in a way that openly ridicules the stolid, bewildered, humourless bourgeoisie of mount Valhalla, and even runs rings (non-golden) round the crafty tenants of Nibelheim. He also sings – the most lyrical music in the opera – with elegance and eloquence.”
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk, 6th June 2019

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MacRae – ANTHROPOCENE (Scottish Opera)

“The cast is a defining strength. Mark Le Brocq’s larger-than-life Harry King, the leader and financier of the expedition, enters with a swagger you just know is set to turn sour. His rich tenor voice cuts venomously through the icy orchestral washes of the opera’s electrifying start.”
Kenneth Walton, The Scotsman (January 2019)

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Prokofiev – WAR & PEACE (Welsh National Opera)

“The most satisfying figure, in part because his frequent presence gives us a chance to know him, in part because Mark Le Brocq portrayed him outstandingly, is that of Pierre Bezukhov, rich, socially awkward; a man without purpose yet idealistic, sensitive and questing.”
Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian (September 2018)

“Pierre Bezhukov, wonderfully portrayed by tenor Mark Le Brocq”
Rian Evas, The Guardian (September 2018)

“Aficionados of the novel can rest assured: Pierre’s pivotal journey is depicted with a psychological fervour that commands the drama and gives the excellent Mark Le Brocq a role to savour. The imposing tenor gives a terrific performance”
Mark Valencia, WhatsonStage, (September 2018)

“Of the chief protagonists, Jonathan McGovern (Andrei), Lauren Michelle (Natasha) and Mark Le Brocq (Pierre) were all excellent, but it was the latter’s thoughtfully bookish personality which was the most engaging. His role is small in the first half, but his earnest rage at Anatole showed off his richly coloured voice across a very wide range, and his self-discovery in Act 2 was very convincingly pulled off.”
Rohan Shotton, Bachtrack, (September 2018)

“Among the leads, Le Brocq, Dwyer and the Natasha, fresh-voiced American soprano Lauren, are outstanding”
Stephen Walsh, The Arts Desk (September 2018)

 

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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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Elgar 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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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

Associate Artist Manager

Tom Wood (London)
tom.wood@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7084 6951