Baritone MARCUS DELOACH has been hailed by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as "a fine baritone who puts words across with clarity and naturalness." A leading performer of contemporary vocal music today, he has established himself in the areas of opera, concert, and cross-over.
Following his Opera Philadelphia debut as Bill Owens in the East Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in 2016, DeLoach received critical acclaim for his creation of the roles of Senator Joseph McCarthy in Gregory Spears’ Fellow Travelers at Cincinnati Opera and the Minister in Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves at Opera Philadelphia. He reprised both roles for their New York premieres at the PROTOTYPE Festival in 2017 and 2018, and went on to make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Fellow Travelers in the spring of 2018.
DeLoach was hailed as “powerfully convincing” in his Opera Ireland (Dublin) debut as Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking in 2007 and made his debut at Seattle Opera as Schaunard in La bohème earlier that same year. In 2009, he received critical acclaim for his debut at Teatro Comunale di Bolzano (Italy) as Jean in Philippe Boesmans’ Julie. As a principal artist of New York City Opera from 2000-2006 he sang the roles of Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Satyr and Cithéron in Platée, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Don Alvaro in Il viaggio a Reims, Schaunard in La bohème, and many others. DeLoach has also appeared in principal roles with American Opera Project, Arizona Opera, Bard Summerscape Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Central City Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Syracuse Opera, Tulsa Opera, Utah Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, and others.
He has performed with conductors Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Kristjan Järvi, Steuart Bedford, John Mauceri, Emmanuel Villaume, John DeMain, Vjekoslav Sutej, Gerard Schwartz, Bruno Ferrandis, and George Manahan, and has appeared in concert with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra, Die Münchner Philharmoniker, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Musikfest Bremen, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and numerous other American orchestras.
In 1997, DeLoach was unanimously voted the first-place winner of London's inaugural Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Of his singing, Hilary Finch of The London Times wrote, "A well- groomed voice, a flair for programme shaping, a fervent desire to communicate, and, above all, that elusive fusion of instinct and understanding which sparks a quality of imagination transcending mere accomplishment." He has also appeared regularly in recital with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Marilyn Horne Foundation.
With a deep commitment to the creation and promotion of modern opera DeLoach has created principal roles in the world premieres of Spears' Fellow Travelers, Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves, Wiesman's / Hoiby's Darkling, Beeferman's The Rat Land, Drattell's Lilith and Marina: A Captive Spirit, and Schoenfield's The Merchant and the Pauper. DeLoach has also recorded several CDs of modern operatic works including Spears' Fellow Travelers, Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston, and “Scenes from Jewish Operas 2” with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony.
In 2004, he joined the acclaimed rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their rock opera Christmas Eve and Other Stories in a national tour, which included Madison Square Garden and the Fleet Center, performing for an estimated audience of a quarter million.
DeLoach holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He has also attended The Britten-Pears School, New England Conservatory, and The Music Academy of the West. The Opera Index, Albanese- Puccini, Rosa Ponselle, Liederkranz, and George London Foundations, the Young Concert Artists International, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Metropolitan Opera National Council, and The Gaddes Fund have all honored him for his outstanding achievements and artistry.
An active performer of opera and concert works, MARCUS DELOACH serves as Associate Professor of Voice and Opera at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. His students have been seen and heard frequently in competitive young artist apprentice programs, both national and international, and have found employment in opera companies and Broadway touring productions across the United States. They have also been honored by prestigious national vocal competitions and been awarded vocal scholarships at top music schools across the country.
As a teacher and clinician, he has presented voice science classes at Rice University and Wolf Trap Opera and given master classes at universities and organizations across the country including Ithaca College, University of Colorado Boulder, Simpson College, and many others. DeLoach regularly serves as an adjudicator for groups including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Classical Singer, and the Seagle Music Colony Emerging Artist program, among others. From 2015-2018, he was president of the NATS: Greater Philadelphia Chapter and was recognized by the national organization with an Emerging Leader Award in 2017. His musical scholarship concentrates on the early vocal works of Ralph Vaughan Williams and his premiere edition of the composer’s Two Vocal Duets is published by Stainer & Bell.
DeLoach has trained in voice with Dr. Stephen King, Edward Zambara, Fred Carama, and Ruth Falcon; in acting with Frank Corsaro, Ted Altschuler, and Elizabeth Browning; and has coached with Graham Johnson, Warren Jones, and Marilyn Horne. He holds a B.M. and M.M. in Voice Performance from The Juilliard School and a D.M.A from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Additionally, he has studied at Music Academy of the West, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, New England Conservatory, and the Britten-Pears School in England.
As a soloist, DeLoach has appeared with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and many other orchestras. His performances have included collaborations with conductors Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Kristjan Järvi, Gerard Schwartz, and John Mauceri. He has also appeared numerous times with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and the rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
DeLoach’s international opera career has included performances at Teatro Comunale di Bolzano (Italy), and Opera Ireland. Nationally he has appeared at Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Tulsa Opera, Bard Summerscape Festival, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Nashville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, American Opera Projects, and New York City Opera, where he was a principal artist from 2000-2006.
With a deep commitment to the creation and promotion of contemporary vocal music, DeLoach has premiered numerous modern operas and recorded for Naxos and other labels. His own children’s opera Mooch the Messy (based on the book by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat) has had four productions since its inception in 2010, including performances by Boston Conservatory and Tulsa Opera’s outreach programs.
In 1997 DeLoach was unanimously voted the first-place winner of London's inaugural Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. He has also received honors from Opera Index, Albanese- Puccini, Rosa Ponselle, Liederkranz, and George London foundations, the Young Concert Artists International, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Metropolitan Opera National Council, and The Gaddes Fund.
Marcus DeLoach’s multi-faceted international career as a soloist in opera, musical theater, and popular music inspires a dramatically expressive compositional style that finds its roots in a fusion of the classical tradition and contemporary musical theater vocal idioms.
His first opera, Mooch the Messy, based on the book by acclaimed children’s author Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, was premiered at the Greenwood Music Festival, SC in 2010, with Metropolitan Opera tenor Keith Jameson in the title role. The opera has been subsequently produced by the Boston Conservatory and Tulsa Opera “Opera on Tour” outreach program, where it played to over 30,000 school children.
In 2016, DeLoach was commissioned by Music Director Elizabeth Braden to write “Look Up Into the Heavens,” an anthem for choir and organ, for the Chancel Choir of Wallingford Presbyterian Church of Wallingford, PA. The group subsequently commissioned him to write another anthem “The Lord is My Shepherd” in 2019, which was featured in Opera Philadelphia’s 2021 Digital Channel original film Organ Stops. His first sacred choral work, an a cappella anthem “The Prayer of St. Francis”, was commissioned in 2013 by the Director of Music Ministries Steve Newberry for the St. John’s Chorale of The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston, TX.
While a student at Rice University, DeLoach wrote and produced Three Capstan Shanties, folk- song arrangements for three solo voices and harmonium. Additionally, in cooperation with The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, DeLoach wrote new chamber orchestra arrangements for baritone of four of the composer’s most popular songs “Mack the Knife,” “September Song,” “Tchaikowsky,” and “Johnny’s Song.”
In 2016, DeLoach completed a song cycle Four Robinson Songs for baritone and piano and based on the poetry of Weldon Kees, which was premiered by baritone Keith Phares in 2022. His other classical songs include settings of the poetry of Derek Walcott, E. E. Cummings, Robert Bly, and James de Priest.
As part of a 2021 Vice Provost for the Arts grant from Temple University, he completed Five Poems of Robert Bly and "Billy in the Darbies" which were premiered in Philadelphia in 2022 by baritone Andrew Garland. Also, in 2022 were premieres of Images for tenor and string quartet, written for Hayden Smith and based on poetry of William Cullen Bryant, and Three Last Songs ("Leith Hill," "A Perfectly Practical Ender," and "It's Still a Wonderful World"), cabaret-style settings for which he wrote the music and lyrics.
Other operatic projects have included authoring the libretto for Jeff Grace’s one-act opera The Train Ride for American Opera Projects and serving as stage director for the world premiere of Mark Volker’s opera The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for the Young Opera Company of New England.
DeLoach holds a B.M. and M.M. in Voice Performance from The Juilliard School and a D.M.A. from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music where he studied composition with Dr. Karim Al-Zand. Current compositional projects include another song set of Robert Bly texts, a new arrangement of his setting of "The Lord is my Shepherd" for choir, piano, and violin, and an original opera.
Current for 2023