Baritone Marcus Farnsworth brought bags of character to his assorted roles, so said The Times following concert performances of Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop in December,...MORE
with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Gergely Madaras. 2016
“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.”
- John Adams Doctor Atomic;Turnage The Silver Tassie– BBC Symphony Orchestra
- Bill Bobstay HMS Pinafore;Strephon Iolanthe; Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte – English National Opera
- Bach Matthew Passion– Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
- Candide and James McMillan’s St John Passion – London Symphony Orchestra
- Peter Grimes– Edinburgh International Festival and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
- Street Scene– Kurt Weill – Teatro Real Madrid
Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song 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 Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton.
This season includes a return to English National Opera for Bill Bobstay in Gilbert and Sullivan HMS Pinafore; a European tour of Purcell King Arthur and The Fairy Queen with Vox Luminis; a French baroque programme with the Academy of Ancient Music and Peter Whelan; an Oxford Lieder recital presenting Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s new song cycle Everything Grows Extravagantly; Winterreise with Martin Roscoe for Manchester Chamber Concerts Society and a Dame Myra Hess concert at Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble.
Last season highlights included performances of Bach St John Passion with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra; Guglielmo Così fan tutte at Longborough Opera, and Colin Matthews The Great Journey at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival. On the recital platform he appeared with James Baillieu in a BBC Lunchtime recital and at Wigmore Hall with James Cheung.
Marcus has worked regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, most notably in Turnage The Silver Tassie, the world premiere of Cheryl Hoad’s Last Man Standing and Hubbard in John Adams’ Doctor Atomic conducted by the composer. With the London Symphony Orchestra he appeared in concert performances of Bernstein Candide conducted by Marin Alsop and 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. Outside the UK he has performed in Cologne with the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon in HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Kurt Weill Street Scene.
Previous operatic roles include Guglielmo Così fan tutte and Strephon Iolanthe for ENO; Sid in Britten Albert Herring in concert with the BBC SO and Ned Keene Peter Grimes at Edinburgh International Festival and on tour and recorded with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner; Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera.
Marcus’s expansive concert repertoire includes Britten War Requiem; Elgar The Apostles; Orff Carmina Burana; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ and the Brahms and Fauré Requiem with conductors including François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh and Bernard Labadie. He has also sung Bach St John Passion (bass arias) with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St Matthew Passion and St John Passion (bass arias and Christus) with the Gabrieli Consort and Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Emmanuelle Haïm.
Marcus is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival.
August 2021This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.