Mark Chaundy

Samling Artist Programme: 2006

Mark was raised in Wales, studied music at Oxford and singing at the Royal College of Music supported by The Countess of Munster and The Arts Council of Wales. He now continues to study with Joy Mammen. In 2004 Mark was selected to take part in the ‘Operalia’ competition in Los Angeles where he sang for Placido Domingo. In October 2005 he was announced as one of the recipients of the first Susan Chilcott Scholarship enabling regular lessons with Dennis O’Neill, and in 2006 became a Samling Artist.  He has twice been a finalist in the Young Welsh Singers Competition performing live on BBC radio and television and also won the National Federation of Music Societies Award.

Concert appearances include the Wigmore Hall with The Wallace Collection, Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Cleo Laine, Messiah with the CBSO, Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada at the Barbican, and Haydn’s Creation with the Northern Sinfonia.  Mark’s concert repertoire also includes Haydn’s The Seasons, Janáček’s Otcenas, Handel’s Samson, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus and Tippett’s The Tempest Suite. Mark is also a keen recitalist and has performed at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, the Wigmore Hall with Samling, at the Ludlow English Song Weekend with Iain Burnside, a Britten programme with Roger Vignoles, and has worked with Ned Rorem on a performance of his songs at Tanglewood.

Mark was an Associate Artist with Welsh National Opera, where he understudied the roles of Lenski Eugene Onegin, The Duke Rigoletto, Kudrjas Káťa Kabanová, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni and Giove in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. He sang Roderigo Otello in the WNO Millenium opening gala conducted by Carlo Rizzi.  Other appearances include Adonis in Blow’s Venus and Adonis for the Benslow Music Trust, Bajazet in Handel’s Tamerlano for Cambridge Handel Opera Group, 1st Trojan Man Idomeneo and Giuseppe La traviata for Glyndebourne on Tour, as well as several roles during the Scottish Opera ‘Essential’ spring tour.

Recordings include Durufle’s Messe Cum Jubilo for Harmonia Mundi.

Past roles include Alvarez in Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue and Courier La fanciulla del West for Grange Park Opera, Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone for the Early Opera Company with Christian Curnyn, Kudrjash (cover) Káťa Kabanová for Opera North, Don José Carmen for Opera Project, Lurcanio Ariodante for Cambridge Handel Opera Group and Tenor 1 (cover) in Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins for The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.

Recent operatic performances include Steersman (cover) The Flying Dutchman for ENO, staged performances of Carissimi’s Jephte for the Spitalfields Festival followed by a recording for Harmoni Mundi, Aminta Handel’s Atalanta for Cambridge Handel Opera and future concert performances include  Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle for Lewisham Choral Society, Schubert Mass in Ab for Salisbury Choral Society, Beethoven 9 at St Albans Abbey and Beethoven Missa Solemnis at Dorchester Abbey.

He lives in West Ealing, London with many books, an old piano and three chickens.