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Mark Le Brocq (Tenor)

Born: 1966 - England

The English tenor, Mark Le Brocq (neé: Mark Taylor), held a choral scholarship at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he read English. During this period, he was a member of the Cambridge Singers (Director: John Rutter). He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Kenneth Bowen and later continued at the National Opera Studio where he was sponsored by The Friends of English National Opera.

Upon completing his studies, Mark Le Brocq became a Company Principal with English National Opera (ENO). Roles at ENO included Tamino in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute; Paris King Priam; Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville; Narraboth in Salome; Cassio in Otello; Don Ottavio in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni; Don Basilio in W.A. Mozart's Figaro and Doctor Maxwell in The Silver Tassie.

Mark Le Brocq's guest appearances include the Painter/Client in Alban Berg's Lulu in Bolzano; Loge in Das Rheingold for Longborough Opera; Title role in Biedermann und die Brandstifter at Independent Opera; Sir Philip Wingrave in Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave at Opera de Nancy; For Welsh National Opera: Aron in Arnold Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Sergeant Snell In Parenthesis, the Painter/Client in Lulu, Le Medecin in La chute de la maison Usher, Smee in Peter Pan. For Opera North: Bob Boles in B. Britten's Peter Grimes, Steuermann Der Fliegende Hollander, Shapkin House of the Dead, Witch in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Eliates in Croesus, the World Premieres of The Pied Piper, Cautionary Tales and Beached, Weinberg’s The Portrait and a staged St Nicolas. Vitek in The Makropulos Case at Edinburgh Festival and Opera North. Title role in W.A. Mozart's Idomeneo for Opera Northern Ireland; Belmonte in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail for Garsington Opera; The Fairy Queen at the Aix Festival and Liceu, Barcelona; George Frideric Handel's La Resurrezione and title role in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Chicago Opera Theater; Oebalus in Apollo et Hyancinthus for Opera Theatre Company and the Classical Opera Company and Agenore in W.A. Mozart's Il Re Pastore and title roles Mitridate, Lucio Silla for the Classical Opera Company. Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden and Monostatos in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte for Opera Holland Park. He has worked with Tim Albery, David Alden, Tom Cairns, David Freeman, John Fulljames, Richard Jones, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Jonathan Miller, David Pountney, Graham Vick and Francesca Zambello.

On the concert platform Mark Le Brocq's has appeared as a soloist worldwide. Performances include Tristan und Isolde and Goldschmidt’s Mediterranean Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; G.F. Handel's Dixit Dominus at the BBC Proms; J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem; Edward Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius; J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Academy of Ancient Music; L.v. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis at Three Choirs’ Festival. Berlioz' Grande Messe de Morts at St Paul’s Cathedral; W.A. Mozart’s C Minor Mass with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Carmina Burana with the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Royal Albert Hall; G.F. Handel's Messiah in Lucerne with Collegium Instrumentale Brugense; J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) at Cadogan Hall; J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) at Symphony Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra and W.A. Mozart Requiem with the Madrid Radio Symphony. Further concert engagements include W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Lucerne Festival; La Resurrezione, Solomon, The Creation, St Matthew Passion and The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort (Director: Paul McCreesh); W.A. Mozart’s Requiem with The English Concert in Salzburg and for the BBC Proms; L.v. Beethoven's Mass in C and Choral Fantasia at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; Schubert’s Mass in E Flat with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; B. Britten's Serenade with Ballet Rambert; The Diary of One who Disappeared at the Nuremberg International Festival and The Eternal Gospel by Janacek and A survivor from Warsaw by A. Schoenberg for Porto Casa da Musica. Conductors include Jiri Belohlavek, Paul Daniel, Richard Farnes, Jane Glover, Daniel Harding, Nicholas Kraemer, Sir Charles Mackerras, David Parry, Trevor Pinnock and Donald Runnicles.

Recordings include G.F. Handel's Messiah with Northern Sinfonia/Jane Glover; Valete in Pace with Britten Sinfonia/Andrew Parrott; Tristan und Isolde (Young Sailor) with Donald Runnicles/BBC Symphony Orchestra; Pang in Turandot and Remendado in Georges Bizet's Carmen for Chandos; G.F. Handel's Samson, Messiah, Saul and Judas Maccabeus in live recordings from the Maulbronn Festival; Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia with the Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh for DG; George Frideric Handel's Utrecht Te Deum, Boyce’s I Was Glad with the Choir of St. Paul's Cathedral, London/John Scott for Hyperion and Offenbach’s Vert-Vert for Opera Rara.

Engagements in 2010-2011 include G.F. Handel's Messiah (The Sage, Barbican), Weinberg's The Portrait and Shapkin's House of the Dead for Opera North and Dream of Gerontius at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral.

Engagements in 2016-2017 include Siegmund, Froh in The Ring with Opera North; Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice UK Premiere WNO; The Governor in Simplicius Simplicissim with Independent Opera; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol in Trento; Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice at Royal Opera House; Golitsyn in Khovanshchina, Luka in House of the dead with WNO, Dream of Gerontius for RTE Dublin; Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde Extremadura Spain.

Source: Mark Le Brocq Website; IMDB Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Paul McCreesh


P-1 (2005, Audio): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Oronte]

John Rutter


Member of Cambridge Singers:
V-1 (1993):
BWV 225

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Mark Le Brocq (Hazard Chace)

Mark Le Brocq - Biography (Royal Opera House)
Mark Le Brocq (IMDB)
Mark Le Brocq - tenor (Hyperion Reciods)
Mark Le Brocq (Opera Rara)

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