Welcome back to Spotlight Sundays! We are only 6 days away from Speaking Her Truth including the world premiere of Marie Curie Learns to Swim by local composer, Jessica Rudman! We hope you are planning to join us on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm at Christ Church Cathedral's Parish House in downtown Hartford. Today we are pleased to feature baritone, Mark Womack! We are thrilled to have Mark join us for the world premiere of Marie Curie Learns to Swim singing the role of Pierre Curie. We hope you enjoy learning about Mark and purchase your tickets today!
Praised by Opera News as “strikingly warm and gracefully honey toned” Mark Womack’s 2015-17 performance highlights include CARMINA BURANA with the Utah, Fargo-Moorhead and Allentown Symphonies, Carl Magnus in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Syracuse Opera, Marcello in LA BOHÈME with Opera Birmingham, Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW with The Northern Lights Music Festival and Juan Peron in Evita with Opera North.
Mark is privileged to have been part of the original cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of LA BOHÈME, performing both Marcello and Schaunard under the direction of Baz Luhrmann.
In recent seasons he has been heard as Giorgio Germont in Knoxville Opera’s LA Traviata, Macheath in THE THREEPENNY OPERA with Amarillo Opera, Sharpless MADAMA BUTTERFLY with Sarasota Opera, Guglielmo in Skylight Opera Theater’s COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Henry Higgins in Opera North's MY FAIR LADY, the title role in DON GIOVANNI with both Utah Festival Opera and Anchorage Opera, Friedrich Bhaer in LITTLE WOMEN with Syracuse Opera, Marcello in LA BOHÈME and Enrico in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR with Chatanooga Symphony and Opera, Escamillo in CARMEN with Utah Festival Opera, Count Almaviva in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with Mississippi Opera, Lescaut in MANON LESCAUT with Dicapo Opera Theater and numerous appearances with Connecticut Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, El Paso Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.
Additional concert credits include ZAZÁ and I GIOIELLI DELLA MADONNA at Lincoln Center. At Carnegie Hall Mark has performed Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor, Arwell Hughes’ Dewi Sant and the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems. Other works include Bach’s St. John Passion and Requiem Masses, Britten’s Dona Nobis Pacem, A Salute to Gilbert and Sullivan with The New Jersey Symphony, Home for the Holidays with Opera Birmingham and The Sea Symphony with both Chattanooga Symphony and The New Jersey Choral Society. Mark has been active on the Pops concert circuit, appearing with the Toronto, Seattle, Portland, Edmonton, New Haven and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras.
On the musical theater stage Mark has performed Billy Bigelow in CAROUSEL, Edward Rutledge in 1776, Sky Masterson in GUYS AND DOLLS, Captain Von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Curly in OKLAHOMA and Joseph Cable in SOUTH PACIFIC. Operetta credits include The Pirate King in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. PINAFORE, Grosvenor in PATIENCE, François Villon in THE VAGABOND KING and The Red Shadow in THE DESERT SONG.
A native of Oklahoma, Mark attended The University of Tulsa where he received Bachelor and Master degrees in voice and education. He continued his vocal training with doctoral studies at The University of Connecticut followed by post-graduate work at Boston University’s Opera Institute. He is currently on faculty at The Hartt School of Theatre and Dance.
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We hope to see you at 7:30pm Saturday, April 28th for this inspiring evening of new music celebrating women throughout the ages.