American Heldentenor Mark Duffin is a regular guest of opera
companies throughout Europe and the United States. His repertoire includes over
60 leading roles from standard to contemporary operas.
In the 2012-2013 season he added Der Ring des Nibelungen to
his repertoire, covering both Siegmund and Siegfried in the Teatro Colón Ring
in One Evening and Siegfried (Siegfried and Götterdämmerung) in
the Seattle Opera’s complete Ring Cycle, directed by Stephen Wadsworth. He
joins the Washington National Opera for their Francesca Zambello Ring Cycle in
2016. This October, he will appear with the American Symphony Orchestra in
Carnegie Hall as the Mayor in Friedenstag and in Krenek’s Der
Recent engagements include his Teatro Colón debut as Boris in
Kat’a Kabanova; the title role in Tannhäuser with the Teatr
Wielki in Poznan, Poland; Pollione (Norma) with Theater Dortmund;
Florestan in Fidelio with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (cv); the
title role in Parsifal with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona (cv);
additional performances of Boris (Kat’a Kabanova) with Opera Zuid in
Holland and Oldenburgische Staatstheater; and Pollux in Strauss’ Die Liebe
der Danae with Deutsche Oper Berlin.
He received wide critical acclaim as Rienzi in Katharina
Wagner’s new production of Rienzi at Theater Bremen. As a member of Theater
Bremen’s solo ensemble from 2007-2010, other roles included Florestan (Fidelio),
Calaf (Turandot), Pollione (Norma), Guido Bardi (Eine
florentinische Tragödie), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Erik (Der
Fliegende Holländer) and Radames (Aida).
He has sung Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Badisches
Staatstheater Karlsruhe; Radames in Aida (Staatstheater Stuttgart, Städtische
Bühnen Münster, Gelsenkirchen, Mönchengladbach); the title role in Rienzi with
Deutsche Oper Berlin (cv); Florestan in Fidelio with Stadttheater Gießen and
Pollux in Strauss’ Die Liebe der Danae with the Dresden Semperoper.
Highlights from earlier seasons include the title role in
Verdi's Don Carlos (San Francisco Opera); Don José in Carmen (New
York City Opera, Opera Ontario); Boconnion in Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur
(New York City Opera); the world premiere of Bright Sheng's Madame Mao (Santa
Fe Opera); Mao Tse Tung in John Adams' Nixon in China (Opera Theatre of
St. Louis, Portland Opera and Chicago Opera Theater); Bruno Hauptmann in the
world premiere of Cary John Franklin's Loss of Eden (Opera Theatre of
St. Louis); Herod in Salome and the title role of Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Connecticut
Opera) and leading roles with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Spoleto Festival
U.S.A., Opéra National de Lyon, Wiener Kammeroper, Vienna's “Mozart in
Schönbrunn” Festival and Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg.
Mr. Duffin holds graduate degrees from the Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music and is an alumnus of the Centre de Formation Lyrique at
the Opéra National de Paris and the Israel Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv.