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Mark Padmore

Tenor

Biography

Mark Padmore in action.
Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival© Aldeburgh Music. Photograph by Clive Barda

Tenor Mark Padmore made his Royal Opera debut in 1995 in King Arthur. He has since returned to sing Angel 3/John (Written on Skin) and in a double programme of Birtwistle's The Corridor and The Cure, performing roles he created in the operas’ premieres. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Gustav von Aschenbach (Death in Venice).

Padmore was born in London and grew up in Canterbury. He studied at King’s College, Cambridge. His opera engagements include the title role of Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and English National Opera, Captain Vere (Billy Budd) and Evangelist (St Matthew Passion, staged) for Glyndebourne Festival and the world premiere of Tansy Davies’s Cave with the London Sinfonietta. He has won widespread acclaim for his performances as the Evangelist (St Matthew Passion and St John Passion), in particular in a staging by Peter Sellers with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Other concert work includes engagements with the London Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw orchestras and he regularly collaborates with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Britten Sinfonia. He was Artist in Residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (2016–17) and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2017–18) and most recently, for the 2019 Aldeburgh Music Festival

As a recitalist Mark Padmore appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall, where he was Artist in Residence 2009/10 and he continues to tour worldwide, most notably with performances of the three Schubert song cycles. He has performed new works by such composers as Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Ryan Wigglesworth and Huw Watkins. His many prizewinning recordings for Harmonia Mundi include As Steals the Morn with the English Concert, Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis and Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout. Padmore is Artistic Director of the St Endellion Summer Music Festival.

Photos

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore. Photo by Marco Borggreve

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Cure at Aldeburgh Festival

Elizabeth Atherton and Mark Padmore in The Corridor at Aldeburgh Festival

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man and Elaine Mitchener as Hannah in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore as Man in Cave

Mark Padmore in Written on Skin, The Royal Opera