Mark Cotton

Mark Cotton

Baritone

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«Mark has a deep understanding of the text which he sings.»
-Tammy Black, Berks Opera (2016)
«Baritone Mark Cotton is the perfect Toreador. As Escamillo, his comedic braggadocios posturing captures the heart of every fair maiden — while suggesting that the bull that could kill him has yet to be born.»
Art ritchie-Mycentraljersey.com (2018)
«Mark cotton's giorgio germont was sung with a ringing and velvety baritone. he was a stern reproachful father to alfredo. kind and forgiving to violetta.»
hudson valley post (2018)
2016Verdi: Simon BoccanegraSimon Boccanegra
2016Puccini: Madama ButterflySharpless
2015Bizet: CarmenEscamillo
1996Verdi: La TraviataGiorgio Germont
1995Mascagni: Cavalleria RusticanaAlfio
1995Leoncavallo: PagliacciSilvio
1995Bernstein: Trouble in TahitiSam

Bio


Baritone Mark Cotton possesses a strong, ringing voice and a stage presence that brings his characters to life with great comic and dramatic range. Mark was 15 years old, when he heard a recording of Ezio Pinza singing “Some Enchanted Evening” during a summer school music class in his native Florida, “At that moment, I knew I wanted to be an opera singer,” he says. What followed were recitals and small parts in operas, a s well as a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Central Florida.

Mark has performed such roles as Falstaff in Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Germont in La traviata, Valentin in Faust, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Marcello in La bohème, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.

Mark has also demonstrated great flexibility as a musical theater singer as Emile de Becque in South Pacific and Lancelot in Camelot.

Comfortable as well on the concert/oratorio stage, he has performed extensive oratorio repertoire to much acclaim. Works include, but not limited to, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabeus, Bach's St. John Passion, Haydn’s Creation, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem.

Mark’s teachers have included Carlo Bergonzi and Franco Corelli. Mark’s current teacher is Metropolitan Opera baritone Mark Oswald.

Mark resides in Cranford, New Jersey.



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Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra Simon Boccanegra No Opera Company of Brooklyn 2016
Puccini: Madama Butterfly Sharpless 1 week Opera Company of Brooklyn 2016
Bizet: Carmen Escamillo 1 week New Jersey Verismo Opera 2015
Verdi: La Traviata Giorgio Germont 1 week Hudson Opera Theatre 1996
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana Alfio 1 week Hudson Opera Theatre 1995