AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Marcus DeLoach has been hailed by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times as "a fine baritone who puts words across with clarity and naturalness." A leading performer of contemporary classical vocal music today, he has established himself in the areas of opera, concert, and crossover. He received critical acclaim in 2009 for his debut at Teatro Communale di Bolzano (Italy) as Jean in Philippe Boesmans’ Julie and was called “powerfully convincing” in his Opera Ireland (Dublin) debut as Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking. That same year he made his debut at Seattle Opera as Schaunard in La Bohème. DeLoach was a principal artist at the New York City Opera where he sang the roles of Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Satyr and Cithéron in Platée, Slim in Of Mice and Men, Don Alvaro in Il viaggio a Reims, Schaunard in La Bohème, and many others. He has also performed with Bard Summerscape Festival, PROTOTYPE, Opera Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Central City Opera, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Nashville Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, American Opera Projects, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and others.
In concert he has performed Sciarrone and the Jailor in Tosca with Lorin Maazel and Ein Knecht in Hindemith's Sancta Susanna with Riccardo Muti and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. With conductor Kristjan Järvi, DeLoach has appeared as Maximillian in Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra, Die Münchner Philharmoniker, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Musikfest Bremen.
In 1997, DeLoach was unanimously voted the first place winner of London's inaugural Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. In addition to concert appearances with many American symphonies and orchestras, he has also appeared regularly with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and The Marilyn Horne Foundation. With a deep commitment to the creation and promotion of modern opera DeLoach has created principal roles in the world premieres of Spears' Fellow Travelers, Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves, Wiesman's/Hoiby's Darkling, Beeferman's The Rat Land, Drattell's Lilith and Marina: A Captive Spirit, and Paul Schoenfield's The Merchant and the Pauper. DeLoach has also recorded several CDs of modern operatic works for Naxos including Scott Wheeler’s The Construction of Boston and Scenes from Jewish Operas Vol. 2 with Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony. Adding to his credits as a crossover artist, he joined the acclaimed rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra for their rock opera Christmas Eve and Other Stories in a tour which included Madison Square Garden and the Fleet Center, performing for an estimated audience of one quarter million.
DeLoach holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. He has also attended The Britten-Pears School, New England Conservatory, and The Music Academy of the West. The Opera Index, Albanese-Puccini, Rosa Ponselle, Liederkranz and George London Foundations, the Young Concert Artists International, The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Metropolitan Opera National Council and The Gaddes Fund have all honored him for his outstanding achievements and artistry.
Recent engagements include a role debut as Figaro in Milhaud’s La Mére coupable with On Site Opera, the Second Armored Man in The Magic Flute with Philadelphia Opera, Wolf-in-Skins a collaboration of Philadelphia Dance Projects with American Opera Projects and Christopher Williams Dance, and Messiah with the Tucson Symphony in 2017. In 2018 he reprised the roles he created in Fellow Travelers at PROTOTYPE and Chicago Lyric Opera. In 2018 he sang Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Arias and Barcarolles at Boston Lyric Opera and Tickenhamfest. In the fall of that same year he sang the role of Don Quixote in Master Peter’s Puppet Show with The Knights at the Tilles Center and BAM’s Bric House and was also the baritone soloist in Britten’s War Requiem for his debut with with Tulsa Symphony. In 2019, he made his company debut as Don Giovanni with Syracuse Opera and was the baritone soloist for the Brahms Requiem with Choral Artists of Sarasota.