Baritone Mark Stone studied mathematics at King’s College, Cambridge, and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1998 he was awarded the Decca Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards.
Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni at the Deustche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera and at the New Zealand Opera; Mountjoy (Gloriana) and Valmont (Francesconi’s Quartett) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Storch (Intermezzo) at Garsington Opera; Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and at the Beijing Festival; Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Welsh National Opera and in Hamburg; Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons; Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) for the London Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Harding and tours to the U.S as the Ferryman in Netia Jones’ acclaimed production of Britten’s Curlew River. His many roles at the English National Opera have included Don Giovanni, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Marcello (La bohème), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Silvio (I Pagliacci), Chou-en-Lai (Nixon in China) and Prince Yamadori in Anthony Minghella’s production of Madama Butterfly.
In the U.S. he has appeared regularly at the Philadelphia Opera where his roles include Ford (Falstaff), Germont Pere (La Traviata), the title role in Gianni Schicchi and most recently Papageno (Die Zauberflöte). He has also sung Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) in Santa Fe.
Recent concerts include the New York Philharmonic with Thomas Adès (Totentanz), Rotterdam Philharmonic and James Gaffigan (A Sea Symphony), the Kammerorchester Basel and Paul Goodwin (Messiah), the Sao Paulo State Symphony (Stravinsky Canticles), Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne and Gergely Madaras (Brahms Requiem), Helsinki Philharmonic, CBSO and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with John Storgards (Belshazzar’s Feast), and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Manze (A Sea Symphony).
A keen recitalist, he has sung in New York at Carnegie’s Weill Hall; at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London; at the Oxford Lieder and Buxton Festivals.
His recordings include Eugene Onegin (extracts) with Pappano (EMI), Les Troyens with the LSO and Sir Colin Davis (LSO Live), Billy Budd with the LSO and Harding (Virgin / EMI); Bellini’s La Straniera with the LPO and Parry (Opera Rara) and Mozart arias with the Classical Opera Company (Sony BMG). His solo recital discs – Quilter songs (Sony BMG), ‘English Love’, the complete Butterworth Songbook and the complete Delius Songbook (Stone Records) – have all received widespread critical acclaim.