American 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 classical vocal music today, he has established himself in the areas of opera, concert, and cross-over.
Following his debut at Opera Philadelphia 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 as McCarthy 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. From 2000-2006, as a principal artist of New York City Opera, 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 Projects, Bard Summerscape Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Kentucky Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, PROTOTYPE Festival, Seattle Opera, 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 London's The 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 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.
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MARCUS DELOACH currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. As a teacher and clinician he has presented vocal science classes at Rice University and Wolf Trap Opera, and given master classes at colleges and music schools across the country. His musical scholarship concentrates on the early vocal works of Ralph Vaughan Williams and his premiere edition of the composer’s Two Vocal Duets has been 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. 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 (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 regularly 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), Opera Ireland, Seattle Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, 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 several CDs. 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 NATS, 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 has 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, Wallingford, PA. His 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 new song cycle Four Robinson Songs for baritone and piano and based on the poetry of Weldon Kees. His other classical songs include settings of the poetry of Derek Walcott, e. e. cummings, Robert Bly, and James de Priest’s This Precipice Garden.
His 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. 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 an original one-act opera, a children’s opera, and a song cycle based on the poetry of Robert Bly.