Mark S. Doss to Lead Teatro Regio di Torino's CARMEN
International opera star and Grammy Award winner Mark S. Doss proudly announces his return to the Teatro Regio di Torino to perform lead roles in the upcoming globally celebrated productions of The Flying Dutchmanand Carmen. Mr. Doss will take to the stage as the Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman - a first in his career - on October 12, 14, 16, 19 and 21, 2012, and as Escamillo in Carmen, one of his most acclaimed signature roles, on November 13, 15, 18, 21, 23 and 25, 2012.
"It's always been a dream of mine to perform the title role of the Dutchman. I am confident my interpretation will resonate with the Teatro Regio audiences, who have always inspired me with their great enthusiasm concerning my performances," said Mr. Doss. "My refinement of the Dutchman role has been greatly helped by a number of talented individuals from the performing arts, including: drama coaches, Miriam Laurence andDavid Smukler in Toronto; Canadian Opera Company (COC) coaches, Adreana Braun and Rachel Andrist; COC stage director, Marilyn Gronsdal; MET coach, William Hicks; La Scala head coach, James Vaughn; Brussels La Monnaie coach, Peter Tomak; Lyric Opera of Chicago coach, Eric Weimer and retired staff coach, Giulio Favario."
Wagner's The Flying Dutchman features the Dutchman, a sea captain condemned by the devil to sail for eternity until he finds a woman who loves him enough to die for him. Senta, the daughter of the sea captain named Daland, has lived her entire life dreaming of the man whose redemption she is meant to bring about.
Set in Seville, Spain during the mid-nineteenth century, Georges Bizet's opera Carmen tells the tale of the downfall of Don Jose, a soldier who is seduced by the wily and fiery gypsy Carmen, only to lose her to Escamillo, a glamorous bull fighter.
In addition to being one of Mr. Doss' signature roles, Escamillo has the distinction of being the role he has performed the most - over 125 times. In 1991, Mr. Doss played Escamillo for the first time at Lyric Opera ofChicago with the extremely talented conductor, Antonio Pappano. More recently, the bass-baritone performed the toreador in his debut at the Arena di Verona in 2010, and it was also his debut role at the legendary Teatre alla Scala in Milan during the 2003-2004 season.
"Escamillo is a role that I enjoy playing time and time again," said Mr. Doss. "The character is full of raw energy, emotion, and nuance - all the great ingredients required for storytelling."
Following his work at Teatro Regio di Torino, Mr. Doss will return to Chicago as the bass soloist in Handel's Do-It-Yourself Messiah, one of Chicago's most beloved holiday traditions (Dec. 2012), and later a double bill performance at Seville's Teatro de La Maestranza in the productions of Sarka and Cavalleria Rusticana, in the roles of Premysl and Alfio (Feb. 2013). Additional upcoming performances include the role of Amonasro inAida at the San Diego Opera (April 2013), and The Four Villains in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann with Opera Tokyo (Nov./Dec. 2013).
Mr. Doss has received significant media coverage in connection to his recent performances. In the last year alone, he has made guest TV appearances on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonightand Toronto News at Six, and OMNI. He has also been interviewed on The New Classical 96.3 FM and several public radio stations, profiled by The National Post and Sway Magazine, and provided expert comments for The Toronto Star, among other notable media credentials. Mr. Doss was also named the recipient of Plant Africa's Entertainment Award for 2011. The award recognizes Mr. Doss for his many accomplishments in the performing arts and as a positive role model for youth.
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