Biography

“Of the singers, Mark Saberton as Bottom was easily the most
dominant...”
Michael Kennedy, Opera, Bottom, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Longborough Festival

Mark studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was awarded the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama Trust to study in the Opera School.

He has sung with many opera companies including Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, Raymond Gubbay, Scottish Opera, Garsington Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Opera Holland Park, Mid Wales Opera and Savoy
Opera.

Roles include Rigoletto and Escamillo (Carmen) for Kentish Opera and Heritage Opera; Bottom (Midsummer Night's Dream) for Longborough Festival Opera; Figaro (Barber of Seville and Marriage of Figaro), Scarpia (Tosca), Don Giovanni and Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) for Heritage Opera; Ben Budge/Wat Dreary (Beggars Opera) for Royal Opera; Antonio (Marriage of Figaro) for Garsington Opera at the Barbican conducted by Jane Glover; Narumov (Queen of Spades) for Opera Holland Park; Krusina (Bartered Bride) for Mid Wales Opera, and the Hotel Waiter/Boatman (Death in Venice) for the Aldeburgh and Bregenz Festivals conducted by Paul Daniel.

Mark works with David Owen Norris. He played the character of Salieri in David’s comic radio opera Die Sober Flirter! in Norway and the UK. With Bampton Classical Opera he has helped to introduce several lesser known classical works to a UK audience notably Salieri’s Falstaff.

He has been heard several times on BBC Radio 3 and has sung in a variety of oratorios and recitals including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Brahms’ Requiem (at Birmingham Symphony Hall), Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana (at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall) and Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony (in Rochester Cathedral).

He has recorded the role of Ben Budge (Beggars Opera) with the City of London Sinfonia and Royal Opera conducted by Christian Curnyn.

Mark has recently been working with English National Opera covering the role of Zurga in The Pearlfishers by Bizet.

Mark is performing in Sudbury on June 30th with Julie Roberts and Matthew
McCombie. Click
here for details of future engagements.

 

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