“Mark Stone’s recital of songs by Quilter, Butterworth and Finzi was marked by his clarity of articulation and strong instinct for characterisation… The poignancy of Butterworth’s settings of A.E. Housman, as in ‘The Lads in their Hundreds’ came through. The moments when he could unleash the full operatic power of his voice were the most impressive.”
Rian Evans, The Guardian
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.
Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Don Giovanni for the Deustche Oper Berlin and New Zealand Opera. Storch (Intermezzo) at Garsington Opera, Valmont (Francesconi’s Quartett) at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski and at the Beijing International Festival, Il Conte (Le nozze di Figaro) in Finland and Hamburg Opera, Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Andriss 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, 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.
This season he will sing Thomas Adès Totentanz with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Brahms Deutsches Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Manze, Rachmaninov’s The Bells at the King’s College Chapel, Le nozze di Figaro and Figaro Gets a Divorce at Welsh National Opera; and he will return to the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Elsewhere 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 performances included 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 (Beethoven Mass), Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne and Gergely Madaras (Brahms Requiem), Helsinki Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with John Storgards (Belshazzar’s Feast), and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Manze (A Sea Symphony).
Other concert highlights include Lorin Maazel and the Philharmonia (Mahler 8); Vladimir Jurowski and the Dresden Staatskapelle (Auerbach Requiem); the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano (Guillaume Tell); the Hallé with Sir Mark Elder (Kindertotenlieder); the Gabrieli Consort with McCreesh (Acis and Galatea); the Bamberger Symphoniker with Sir Roger Norrington; Xian Zhang in Milan (Britten ‘War Requiem’); Michael Schoenwandt in Amsterdam (Jeths ‘Hotel de Pekin’); Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (MacMillan ‘Passion), and James Judd and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (Elgar ‘The Dream of Gerontius’).
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 Festival and at the Canterbury 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.