Marc Deaton takes the killer heldentenor role of Tristan and creates a musical and dramatic presence here, emphasizing the lyrical but doomed quality of this adulterous knight.”
– Classical Singer
MARC DEATON occupies a prominent place not only among today’s most distinctive dramatic tenors but also as a creative and successful stage director, teacher, playwright, and artistic director.
As a singer, he has appeared with leading opera companies and orchestras throughout the world, including: Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Berlin, Dresden, Paris, Barcelona, Augsburg, Munich, Mannheim, London, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, Bratislava, Sofia, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Santa Fe among others; portraying the leading tenor roles of Wagner and Strauss: Tristan, Siegfried, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Erik in Der Fliegende Holländer, Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos, Narraboth and Herodes in Salome and Der Kaiser in Die Frau ohne Schatten.
He is also well-known for his portrayals of leading tenor roles in Samson et Dalila, Otello, Aïda, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Carmen and I Pagliacci; Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron, Berg’s Wozzeck and Lulu, Reimann’s Die Gespenstersonate, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Peter Grimes, and The Rape of Lucretia, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progess and operettas such as Das Land des Lächelns and Eine Nacht in Venedig, among many others.
His concert repertoire is just as broad, ranging from classical to modern and comprising virtually all the great tenor parts in such works as the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (he was the first man to perform the role at Vienna’s Schoenberg Center). He is widely known for his performances of orchestral songs by Wagner, Strauss, Mahler, Britten and Berg.
His recordings include the title role in Tristan und Isolde with the Bulgarian Festival Orchestra on Titanic Records; the October 2011 Centaur Records release of Marc Deaton WAGNER, a solo disc of Wagner excerpts recorded with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra; Calaf in Turandot with Bangkok Opera on DVD; and Stephen Suber’s Upon the Bank at Early Dawn on Centaur Records.
Mr. Deaton performed key musical theatre roles including Che in Evita, Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Tony in West Side Story and the title role in Candide, in European theatres including: Salzburg, Baden-Baden, Berlin, Bregenz, and Zurich.
Recent appearances have included Lennie in Of Mice and Men, Otello, Jesus in JC Superstar and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw.
Marc will be workshopping his new play A Memory of Truth? in September in preparation for its premiere with Madison Lyric Stage in June of 2021. He plays a pivotal role in the play and also directs. Marc will also be taking on Arnold Schoenberg’s Erwartung in September of 2021with Madison Lyric Stage. This role usually performed by a soprano is incredibly difficult musically, vocally and dramatically. This masterpiece of the modern repertoire will be paired with Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Marc will be directing both as well.