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Mark Delavan

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Mark Delavan is an American operatic bass-baritone He was a national finalist of the Metropolitan Opera auditions and an Adler Fellow with the San Francisco Opera[1]


  • 1 Early Life
  • 2 Professional career
  • 3 Personal Life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early Life

His mother was a soprano and his father was an Opera singer, conductor, director, composer and teacher He had done some juvenile roles but he decided to pursue a musical career only after graduating from Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, Arizona with a degree in graphic arts At age 21, he enrolled in the music program at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa where his parents were teaching[2]

Professional career

His first professional experience was at the North Carolina Opera in 1983 In 1986, he was at the San Francisco Opera in a small role in Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlos He spent the next three years performing in numerous comprimario roles with the company After leaving San Francisco, he got work but he received lukewarm reviews that he felt he didn't deserve He walked out of a job at the Sarasota Opera The musical director was relieved to see him go: "I've never met a guy who has angered my entire company like this"[2]

Delavan openly admits to having "addictive issues"[3] during this time In the mid 1990s, his father died[4], he lost his marriage and wound up taking a janitorial job and sleeping in the back room of the Opera Music Theater International in Newark, New Jersey where Jerome Hines had invited him to enroll in a young artists' program[2]

His first big break after that was singing for Frank Corsaro, who said "That's about the best Credo I've ever heard" Delavan was then invited to sing at the New York City Opera where he stayed for the next nine years playing most of the major baritone roles from Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Richard Strauss[2] His profile has been rising ever since

In 2004, the NYCO asked him what he wanted to do and he suggested an Operatic production of Sweeney Todd opposite Elaine Paige for which he received mostly positive reviews for his "hulking presence" and "striking physicality"[5] For Variety, Charles Isherwood wrote: "Delavan’s Sweeney suggested Frankenstein’s monster more than anything else" In TheaterMania, Michael Portantiere declared: "If Delavan does not quite possess the top-notch musical theater acting skills of such Sweeneys as Len Cariou and George Hearn, he's still a force to be reckoned with" [6][7]

He returned to San Francisco to sing Scarpia in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca 2004, with Carol Vaness in the title role and Wotan in Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle 2008, 2010, and 2011[8] In 2001 he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Amonasro in Verdi's Aida with Deborah Voigt in the title role, Luciano Pavarotti as Radamès, Olga Borodina as Amneris, and James Levine conducting He has since been heard at the Met as Alfio in Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier, Count Tomsky in The Queen of Spades, Don Carlo in Verdi's La Forza del Destino, the Messenger in Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten, Scarpia, and the title roles in Verdi's Nabucco, Verdi's Rigoletto, and Verdi's Simon Boccanegra[9]

Delavan has also sung roles with other leading American companies like the Houston Grand Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Washington National Opera Outside of the United States, he has made appearances at the Bavarian State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Liceu, the Prague National Theatre, and the Royal Opera House in London among others

Personal Life

In addition to his son from his first marriage, Delavan has three sons with his wife pianist Karen Linstedt Delavan[10]


  1. ^ "Mark Delavan | Baritone" UIA Talent Agency Retrieved 2020-03-08mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-right
  2. ^ a b c d Kosman, Joshua 2008-05-25 "Delavan celebrates homecoming in 'Rheingold'" SFGate Retrieved 2020-03-07
  3. ^ "Getting Good | CS Music" wwwcsmusicnet Retrieved 2020-03-07
  4. ^ Trenton, Ross Amico | For The Times of 2013-06-21 "Bass-baritone Mark Delavan draws on painful experience to perform 'Flying Dutchman' role" nj Retrieved 2020-03-07
  5. ^ Kozinn, Allan 2004-03-05 "Playing a Demon Barber Start With Real Demons" The New York Times ISSN 0362-4331 Retrieved 2020-03-07
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles; Isherwood, Charles 2004-03-10 "Sweeney Todd" Variety Retrieved 2020-03-07
  7. ^ "Sweeney Todd | TheaterMania" wwwtheatermaniacom Retrieved 2020-03-07
  8. ^ Delavan&psearchtype= San Francisco Opera Archives
  9. ^ Metropolitan Opera Archives
  10. ^ "Band of Gypsies! – Bass-baritone Mark Delavan Tells how a Family that Travels together Stays Together | Classical Voice North America" Retrieved 2020-03-07

External links

  • Official Website of Mark Delavan
  • Mark Delavan on Operabase

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