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.
He received critical acclaim in 2009 for his debut at Teatro Comunale di Bolzano (Italy) as Jean in Philippe Boesmans’ Julie and was called “powerfully convincing” in his Opera Ireland (Dublin) debut as Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking in 2007. That same year he made his debut at Seattle Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème. From 2000-2006 he was a principal artist of New York City Opera where 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. He has also performed with Bard Summerscape Festival, PROTOTYPE, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, American Opera Projects, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and others.
In concert he has performed Sciarrone and the Jailor in Tosca with Lorin Maazel and Ein Knecht in Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna with Riccardo Muti and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. With conductor Kristjan Järvi, Mr. DeLoach has appeared as Maximillian in Candide with The London Symphony Orchestra, Die Münchner Philharmoniker, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Musikfest Bremen. In1997, Mr. 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 has written, “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.” In addition to concert appearances with many American symphonies and orchestras, he has also appeared regularly 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 Mr. DeLoach has created principal roles in the world premiers 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 Paul Schoenfield’s The Merchant and the Pauper. Mr. DeLoach has also recorded several CDs of modern operatic works for Naxos including Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and “Scenes from Jewish Operas 2” with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony.
Adding to his credits in the area of cross-over, joined the acclaimed rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 2004 for their rock opera Christmas Eve and Other Stories in a tour, which included Madison Square Garden and the Fleet Center, performing for an estimated audience of one quarter million.
Mr. 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.