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Mark Padmore (Tenor)

Born: March 8, 1961 - London, England

The English tenor, Mark Padmore, began his musical studies as a clarinettist, switching to singing after he gained a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge.

After graduating in 1982, Mark Padmore began working with a number of period performance choirs and ensembles, including The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), The Sixteen and the King's Consort. In 1987, he became a member of the Hilliard Ensemble with whom he toured extensively and made a number of recordings. In 1991, he became a member of Les Arts Florissants, taking part in some of the group's most acclaimed productions and recordings, including the Gramophone-award winning recording of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie and the critically acclaimed recording of George Frideric Handel's Messiah. Mark Padmore continues to collaborate with Les Arts Florissants, albeit less frequently. Over the past several years, Mark Padmore has become particularly well known for his committed performances of the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Passions (BWV 244 & BWV 245). His appearance as the Evangelist in the staged production by Deborah Warner of J.S. Bach's Saint John Passion (BWV 245) with English National Opera is worthy of particular mention.

Mark Padmore's repertory ranges from medieval polyphony, to opera, to contemporary songs. His operatic roles have included Jason in M-A Charpentier's Medeé, Alphee in Lully's Proserpine, the title roles in Rameauís Pygmalion and Zoroastre, Hippolyte in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, Arnalta in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Admete in G.F. Handel's Alceste and many others. As a concert artist, he has performed with such leading conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Paul McCreesh, John Eliot Gardiner, Robert King, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, Nicholas McGegan, Gustav Leonhardt and Richard Hickox.

Mark Padmore has taken part in more than 80 recordings.

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Source: Mainly VanWalsum Management, although not verbatim
Contributed by
Galina Kolomietz (February 2001) Website; Aryeh Oron (April 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


BWV 227, BWV 248

Harry Christophers


Member of The Sixteen: BWV 34, BWV 50, BWV 147; BWV 225-230

Iván Fischer


BWV 244 [1st,, Evangelist], BWV 244 [2nd, Evangelist]

John Eliot Gardiner


BWV 66, BWV 113, BWV 179
BWV 8, BWV 12, BWV 27, BWV 95, BWV 103, BWV 114, BWV 146, BWV 148, BWV 161
BWV 245 [2nd, Evangelist], BWV 245 [DVD, 3rd, Evangelist]

Daniel Harding


BWV 244 [Evangelist]

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 8, BWV 12 [1st], BWV 29, BWV 38, BWV 63, BWV 75, BWV 91, BWV 110, BWV 119 [1st recording], BWV 120 [1st recording], BWV 121, BWV 122, BWV 125 [1st], BWV 125 [2nd], BWV 133; BWV 138 [2nd], BWV 207, BWV 214
BWV 243a
V-17 (2012):
BWV 244 [5th recording, Evangelist]
BWV 245 [2nd - Evangelist], BWV 249 [2nd, Video]

Ton Koopman


BWV 245 [2nd, Evangelist & arias]

Paul McCreesh


BWV 244

Kenneth Montgomery


R. Keiser: Brockes-Passion

Purcell Quartet


BWV 233-236

Simon Rattle


BWV 244 [1st, Evangelist, DVD], BWV 244 [2nd, Evangelist, Video], BWV 245 [2nd, Evangelist, Video]

John Rutter


Member of Cambridge Singers:
V-2 (1987): Chorale

Links to other Sites

Mark Padmore (Official Website)
Mark Padmore (The Three Hautes-Contre)
Mark Padmore Biography
Mark Padmore - Tenor (Van Walsum Management)
Mark Padmore (Harmonia Mundi)

Mark Padmore (JRP Dynu) [French]
Mark Padmore - Biography (AMG)
Raphi's Serious Singers List : Tenors : Mark Padmore
Mark Padmore (Oster-Klang Wien) [German]
Mark Padmore (Wikipedia)

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