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Sweeney Todd – creepy high drama!

Is it an opera? a Broadway musical?  “It’s crusty, creepy, brutal, lyrical and high drama to the core.”  – Oregon Live Performances June 3, 5, 9 and 11 (2016). In this dark comedy, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, Mark Thomsen sings the role of Pirelli, the comedic tenor Italian barber. Conducted by […]

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Join IOPE for Summer 2016

July 9 –  August 6, 2016: The International Opera Performing Experience offers opera professionals, advanced students and music faculty an intense four-week opera skills training. Apply now for our Vocal, Collaborative Pianist or Apprentice Conductor program. Mark Thomsen is a founder and coach for this exciting, annual summer program in Italy. Visit

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In Concert

Bach Tenor Mark Thomsen was the stellar soloist in a commanding performance of the ‘Deposuit potented’ aria.”  Bach’s Magnificat —  The Houston Post Handel’s Messiah “Mark Thomsen’s agile tenor was heard to good effect in ‘Every valley’.”— Minneapolis Star Tribune Honegger’s King David “Of the operatic soloists used, the clarion tenor of Mark Thomsen was best.” […]

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The Real Thing – Lucia di Lammermoor

He projected a wide variety of emotions, ranging from his family’s long-term strife with the Lammemoors to his ardent love for Lucia to his fury at her apparent betrayal. He even brought vocal “tears” to his death scene (without Gigli-like breaks of line). I see why this opera was originally revived for tenors.” — Classical […]

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Don Jose finally got to be a hero

“Don Jose finally got to be a hero; or at least the tenor singing him did. As the male lead in Bizet’s Carmen, American Mark Thomsen not only made his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut Saturday, but he did it on the season’s opening night – and as a last-minute substitute for the billed Neil […]

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