with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Cristian Macelaru. 2015
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov. By kind permission of BBC Radio 3 (World première) 2013
“As dangerous Eddy, the award-winning young baritone Marcus Farnsworth is electrifying. He has no trouble with the demotic accent and conveys the character’s anger, panic and perky charm with intensity and empathy. He also has an instinctive musicality that never makes the vocal line sound over-studied or phoney. He must have a great career ahead of him.”
Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Ned Keene Peter Grimes – Bergen and Edinburgh Festivals – Edward Gardner
- Guglielmo Così fan tutte; Iolanthe – Strephon – English National Opera
- Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ; Orff Carmina Burana – BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Bach St John Passion (Christus & Arias); St Matthew Passion (Christus and arias) – The Gabrieli Consort – Paul McCreesh
- Recitals Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, La Monnaie and Cheltenham Festival
- Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Bergen National Opera
He has appeared in recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; La Monnaie, Brussels with Julius Drake; on a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; for Leeds Lieder with Graham Johnson and at Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper. He has appeared many times at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton and with the Carducci Quartet.
Highlights of the 2016/17 season and beyond, he will sing and record Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony conducted by Martyn Brabbins and also Hubbard in Doctor Atomic conducted by John Adams, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other concerts include Ned Keene Peter Grimes at the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh International Festival with Edward Gardner, as well return invitations for recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London with James Baillieu and Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Joseph Middleton.
On the opera stage he will appear as Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera and Strephon in Iolanthe for English National Opera. Past roles include Guglielmo, English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for ENO; Lance Corporal Lewis in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Ian Bell for Welsh National Opera and Sid in Britten Albert Herring in concert with the BBC SO. Further afield Marcus has sung Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bergen National Opera and Kelvin in Fujikura Solaris in Paris, Lille and Lausanne;
He has also sung Britten War Requiem, Elgar The Apostles, Carmina Burana; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ, Brahms and Faure Requiems with orchestras including Adelaide Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh, Claus Peter Flor; Bernard Labadie and Edward Gardner.
A strong supporter of contemporary composers, Marcus has sung many works by John Taverner, Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davies and David Sawer with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC SO and Aurora Ensemble and conductors Gianandrea Noseda and Nicolas Collon. For the 2017 BBC Proms, he will perform Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Sian Edwards.
Marcus has also sung Bach St John Passion (bass arias) with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions (bass arias and Christus) with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Emmanuelle Haïm.
Marcus graduated with a first class honours degree from Manchester University. He studied singing at and is an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music, London and is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.
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