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 and 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.
Recent and future highlights include:
- Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony; John Adams The Wound Dresser – BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Iolanthe – Strephon – English National Opera
- Staged Messiah – English Concert
- King Arthur – The Gabrieli Consort – Paul McCreesh
- Recitals – Oxford Lieder and with Myrthen Ensemble
- Street Scene – Kurt Weill – Teatro Real, Madrid
Highlights of the 2017/18 season and beyond, include a performance and recording of Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony conducted by Martyn Brabbins, and a performance of John Adams The Wound Dresser, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other concerts include a staged performance of the Messiah (English Concert), a tour with the Gabrieli Consort King Arthur as well as recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival and with the Myrthen Ensemble (of which he is a founder member). On the opera stage he returns to ENO for Iolanthe, in a new production by Cal McCrystal and will make his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Kurt Weill Street Scene.
Recently he appeared as Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera. Other past roles include Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte, English Clerk Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, all 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’s Solaris in Paris, Lille and Lausanne. In concert, he performed Hubbard in Doctor Atomic conducted by John Adams, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ned Keene Peter Grimes at the Bergen Festival and Edinburgh International Festival with Edward Gardner. There were also return invitations for recitals at the Wigmore Hall, London and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Marcus has performed Britten War Requiem; Elgar The Apostles; Orff 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, he has sung works by John Tavener, Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davies and David Sawer. For the 2017 BBC Proms, Marcus performed 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 is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival
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