Baritone Mark Diamond is a graduate of the studio of Houston Grand Opera where notable performances include Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Marcello in La bohème, and the Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata. He also covered several roles such as Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Taddeo (L’italiana in Algeri), Gaylord Ravenal (Showboat), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) and Rodrigue (Don Carlos). Recently, he returned as a guest artist to Houston Grand Opera to sing Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music and Wilbur in the world premiere of After the Storm, an opera by David Hanlon. Recent notable debuts include the French opera theaters of Limoges, Caen, and Reims, Ars Lyrica of Houston, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Mark Diamond is the recipient of a 2012 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation and spent the summer of 2011 as a member of San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, where he sang the title role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. He gained particular notice in the summer of 2010, when he sang the role of Top in Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land at the Glimmerglass Festival. As a member of the company’s Young American Artist Program, he also covered Araspe in Handel’s Tolomeo, and was a recipient of a 2010 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
He is the 1st Prize Winner of the 2010 Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera and the 2011 Sun Valley Opera Competition in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Diamond was twice a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was awarded 2nd Prize in the Charles A. Lynam Competition in North Carolina.
A native of Augusta, Georgia, Mark Diamond received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Georgia Southern University, where he studied voice with Dr. Allen Henderson. He completed his Master’s degree at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University while studying with Dr. Stephen King and is currently a Doctoral Candidate at The Moores School of Music at University of Houston where he studies with Hector Vasquez and continues to perform both concert and opera internationally.