Mark le Brocq tenor
Mark Le Brocq held a choral scholarship at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he read English. 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 became a Company Principal with English National Opera. Roles at ENO included Tamino The Magic Flute; Paris King Priam; Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville; Narraboth Salome; Cassio Otello; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni; Don Basilio Figaro; Tonik The Two Widows; Rodriguez Don Quixote; Nathaniel The Tales of Hoffmann and Doctor Maxwell The Silver Tassie.
Mark’s guest appearances include the title role of Idomeneo for Opera Northern Ireland; Belmonte Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail for Garsington Opera; The Fairy Queen at the Aix Festival and in Barcelona; Handel’s La Resurrezione and title role Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria for Chicago Opera Theater; Lucio Silla in Italy; Oebalus Apollo et Hyancinthus for Opera Theatre Company and the Classical Opera Company and Agenore Il Re Pastore and title role Mitridate for the Classical Opera Company; Witch Hänsel und Gretel, Eliates Croesus, the premiere of Kate Pearson’s The Pied Piper, Weinberg’s The Portrait, Shapkin House of the Dead and Cautionary Tales for Opera North and Vitek The Makropulos Case for Opera North and Edinburgh Festival; Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins for the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden; Monostatos Die Zauberflöte for Opera Holland Park; commissions of Errollyn Wallen’s Yes at the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden,. Mark has worked with David Alden, David Pountney, Jonathan Miller, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Graham Vick, David Freeman, Francesca Zambello, Richard Jones, John Fulljames, Tim Albery and Tom Cairns.
On the concert platform Mark has appeared as a soloist worldwide. Performances include Tristan und Isolde and Goldschmidt’s Mediterranean Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Dixit Dominus at the BBC Proms; B Minor Mass with the Israel Camerata; The Dream of Gerontius; Berlioz’s Grande Messe de Morts in St Paul’s Cathedral; 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; Messiah in Lucerne with Collegium Instrumentale Brugense; Christmas Oratorio at Cadogan Hall; St Matthew Passion at Symphony Hall with the English Chamber Orchestra and Mozart Requiem with the Madrid Radio Symphony. Further concert engagements include Die Zauberflöte with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra; La Resurrezione, Solomon, The Creation and The Fairy Queen with the Gabrieli Consort; Mozart’s Requiem with the English Concert in Salzburg and for the BBC Proms; Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasia at the Queen Elizabeth Hall; Messiah with the Ulster Orchestra; Schubert’s Mass in E Flat with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten’s Serenade with Ballet Rambert and The Diary of One who Disappeared Nuremberg International Festival. Conductors include Charles Mackerras, Jiri Belohlavek, Donald Runnicles, Paul Daniel, David Parry, Nicholas Kraemer, Trevor Pinnock, Daniel Harding, Jane Glover and Richard Farnes.
Recordings include Messiah Northern Sinfonia/Jane Glover; Valete in Pace Britten Sinfonia/Andrew Parrott; Tristan und Isolde (Young Sailor) Donald Runnicles/BBC Symphony; Pang Turandot and Remendado Carmen for Chandos; Samson, Saul and Judas Maccabeus in live recordings from the Maulbronn Festival; Purcell’s Hail Bright Cecilia with the Gabrieli Consort/Paul McCreesh for DG; Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum, Boyce’s I Was Glad with the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral/John Scott for Hyperion and Offenbach’s Vert-Vert for Opera Rara.
Recent engagements include the Painter/Client in Lulu and Le Medicin in The Fall of the House of Usher both for Welsh National Opera, Loge Das Rheingold for Longborough Festival, Bob Boles and the cover of Grimes Peter Grimes for Opera North, The Eternal Gospel Janacek and A survivor from Warsaw Schoenberg for Porto Casa da Musica and stepping in at the last minute as Aron Moses und Aron whilst covering for Welsh National Opera. In the 2014/2015 season Mark appears as Sir Philip Wingrave Owen Wingrave for Opera National de Lorraine, Nancy, Mr Smee in Peter Pan for Welsh National Opera, and the Steersman Der fliegende Holländer for Opera North. In concert he sings Carmina Burana at Saffron Hall and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis for the Three Choirs Festival.