Baritone Mark Stone was born in London and 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.
His recent engagements have included Mr Astley (The Gambler), Valvert (Cyrano de Bergerac) and Sonora (La fanciulla del West) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; the title role in Eugene Onegin at Glyndebourne; Belcore (L'Elisir d’amore) at the Welsh National Opera; Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at Opera North; Don Carlo (La forza del destino) at Opera Holland Park; Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) in Leipzig; Elviro (Serse) for the Royal Swedish Opera; and Yeletsky (Pique Dame), Danilo (Die lustige Witwe); and Ottakar (Der Freischütz) for Opéra de Montpellier; In the U.S. he has sung Germont (La traviata), the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Ford (Falstaff) for Philadelphia Opera and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), in Santa Fe. His many roles at the English National Opera have included the title role in Don Giovanni, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo, 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.
His future appearances include Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) for the WNO, his debut at Cologne Opera, Don Giovanni at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia) for Garsington, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Mountjoy (Gloriana) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In concert, recent engagements have included the London Symphony Orchestra with Harding and Sir Colin Davis; the Hallé Orchestra with Elder; the Gabrieli Consort with McCreesh; the Bamberger Symphoniker with Norrington;the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León with Zedda; the Academy of Ancient Music with Paul Daniel and appearances with the City of London Sinfonia; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the CBSO. In recital, he has appeared in New York at the Weill Hall; in London at St John's, Smith Square; at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at the Canterbury and Buxton Festivals. Concert engagements this season include 'The Dream of Gerontius' with the Hallé Orchestra, Schnittke's 'Faust Cantata' with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Bach’s St John Passion with the Manchester Camerata.
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). He has recorded three solo recital discs - volume one of the complete Quilter edition (Sony BMG), ‘English Love’ (Stone Records), and the complete Butterworth Songbook (Stone Records) which has received widespread critical acclaim.