Mark Uhlemann

bass-baritone

biography

American bass-baritone Mark Uhlemann’s performances have been praised as “impressive, dramatic and nuanced” (Chicago Tribune), “stunning” (New York Concert Review) and “exciting” (Opera News). He is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Chicago Bel Canto Competition, as well as a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

Most recently, Mr. Uhlemann has had the pleasure of performing a number of works by American composers. His most recent engagements have included the world premier of Darkling with American Opera Projects at the Classic Stage Company in New York, and a subsequent tour to Berlin, Germany, and Gniezno, Poland. Other recent performances of contemporary works include Barber's Dover Beach with the Manchester Music Festival, Thomson’s Capital Capitals and Rorem’s Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters with Encompass New Opera Theatre, and the title role in Mollicone’s Emperor Norton with California Chamber Opera.

In addition to his Metropolitan Opera debut at the age of 25 in Verdi’s Otello, Mr. Uhlemann has been involved in Metropolitan Opera productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, Capriccio, Doktor Faust, The Gambler, Giulio Cesare, Manon, Moses und Aron, Sly, and War and Peace. He has also appeared with Glimmerglass Opera in productions of Tosca and The Mother of Us All, the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Opera Theatre of St. Louis in Madama Butterfly, the Aspen Opera Theatre Center in La Traviata and Die Zauberflöte, and with the Opera Company of Brooklyn as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. His German debut was with the Bürklins Sommeroper as Leporello in Don Giovanni and his French debut was performing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Lyrique-en-mer. He has also sung Don Inigo Gomez in L’Heure Espagnole and Pistola in Falstaff under the baton of Seiji Ozawa at Tanglewood.

Mr. Uhlemann made his debut with the New York City Opera as the 1st Nazarene in Salome in addition to covering the 1st Soldier in Salome and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra as Don Pinto in a concert performance of the Mahler/Weber opera Die drei Pintos (New York premiere) with Leon Botstein conducting at Alice Tully Hall. This performance was part of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and the Bard Music Festival in New York. He has performed with the New York City Ballet as a vocal soloist in the Balanchine production of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer and Neue Liebeslieder Walzer and performed the Bass solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Indianapolis Symphony

An accomplished recitalist, Mr. Uhlemann received high praise for his New York solo recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall, performed in the Viva Voce Series at the Seattle Art Museum, and has sung recitals throughout the Northeast under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera. He is an alumnus of the Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival and has performed on a number of occasions at the Manchester Music Festival. Other recital engagements have included performances for the Vilar Distinguished Artist Series at Washington & Jefferson College, the Intimate Excursions Series at Penn State University, and a New Year's Eve Concert for First Night NYC.

A native of Wilmette, Illinois and a graduate of New Trier High School and Lawrence University, Mark now resides in New York.

[July, 2007]