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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 www.performopera.com.

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Among the soloists in this work, Thomsen was the standout for his authoritative interpretation." Bach's Magnificat  Houston Chronicle
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Thomsen quickly showed that he is the real thing...His superb, evenly-supported voice easily filled the house; he had it under total control from pp to the loudest ringing forte. His near-baritone quality provided great vocal heft...

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"Pinkerton is an ideal role of tenor Mark Thomsen, and with his well-schooled vocalism and fine musicality he took the singing honors of the evening." — Opera
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"Mark Thomsen was a take-charge Don Ottavio, not at all subservient to his lady. He was given some particularly tough stage directions, like hauling the dead Commendatore up a steep hill and singing 'Dalla sua pace' flat on his back. Thomsen's tenor is smoothly lyrical but substantial, with a stunning pianissimo, and his breath control in 'Il mio tesoro' was nothing short of remarkable." — Andante
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"Don Jose does get to kill her... And he gets to sing, beautifully, in Thomsen's case, particularly in Act II's Flower Song"
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