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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

English tenor Mark Padmore made his Royal Opera debut in 1995 in King Arthur. He has since returned to sing Thespis (Platée), Interpreter (The Pilgrim’s Progress), Hot Biscuit Slim/Quartet of the Defeated (Paul Bunyan), 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.

Padmore was born in London and grew up in Canterbury. He studied at King’s College, Cambridge. His opera engagements include Tom Rakewell (The Rake’s Progress) for La Monnaie, Brussels, Jephtha for Welsh National Opera and English National Opera, Captain Vere (Billy Budd) and Evangelist (St Matthew Passion, staged) for Glyndebourne Festival and Peter Quint (The Turn of the Screw) for BBC TV. He has won widespread acclaim for his performances as the Evangelist (St Matthew Passion and St John Passion), in particular with Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in a staging by Peter Sellers. Other concert work includes engagements with the Munich Radio, Berlin, Vienna, New York and London philharmonic orchestras, the Boston and London symphony orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

As a recitalist Padmore appears regularly at the Wigmore Hall, where he was Artist in Residence 2009/10. He has performed new works by such composers as Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Alec Roth, Mark-Anthony Turnage 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.

Photos

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. 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 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

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 Written on Skin, The Royal Opera