In opera, concerts and recitals, Stephen Mark Brown is emerging as one of today’s leading tenors in the French and Italian repertoires. He recently sang under the direction of Riccardo Muti for the opening night of La Scala in a new production of Gluck’s “Iphigenie en Aulide.” Other engagements included the role of Manrico in “Il Trovatore” with Piedmont Opera; Cavaradossi in “Tosca” with Orlando Opera; Don José in “Carmen” with Granite State Opera, and Luigi in “Il Tabarro” with El Paso Opera; Paolo Erisso in Rossini’s “Maometto Secondo” in Bilbao; “Madama Butterfly” with l’Opera de Montreal, Opera Memphis and Nashville Opera; the title role in “Les contes d’Hoffmann” at Palm Beach Opera. Highlights of recent seasons include Rodolfo in “La bohème” at Minnesota Opera and Boston Lyric Opera; Rodolfo in “Luisa Miller” at Palm Beach Opera; “Faust” at Opera de Marseille; the Duke in “Rigoletto” at De Vlaamse Opera and Miami; “La Damnation de Faust” at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and the Teatro Regio in Parma; “Werther” at Palermo’s Teatro Massimo; and his San Francisco Opera debut as Alfredo in “La traviata“.
Stephen Mark Brown first attracted national attention in 1992 as a winner of the Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti Competition, following which he sang on “Live from Lincoln Center” in “Pavarotti Plus.” He made an auspicious debut with New York City Opera as Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly” for which he was named debut artist of the year. He sang the role of Fernand in the American premiere of Donizetti’s “La favorite” with l’Opera Français de New York, and made his highly acclaimed debut with the Canadian Opera Company as Alfredo in “La traviata.” He opened New York City Opera’s 1994/95 season in “Madama Butterfly,” with subsequent performances in “La bohème” and in an Emmy Award-winning production of “La traviata,” directed by Renata Scotto, and televised on “Live from Lincoln Center.” In the 1995/96 season, Mr. Brown returned to New York City Opera as Foresto in Verdi’s “Attila.” He made his Vancouver Opera debut in the title role of “Faust,” and appeared as Ruggiero in “La rondine” with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Mr. Brown made an internationally acclaimed European debut in the title role of “Don Carlo” with the opera companies of Nice and Lyon. His first performances of “Werther” were followed closely by his debuts with l’Opera de Toulouse and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago. He made his Paris Opera debut as the Duke in “Rigoletto“; sang Cleomene in “Le siège de Corinthe” with the Rossini Festival in Pesaro and Lyon; Americo in Gomes’ “Lo Schiavo” with Opera Brazil; Erisso in “Maometto Secondo” with l’Opera National du Rhin and in Bilbao; Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Teatro Regio di Torino; and has appeared with Boston Lyric Opera in “Romeo et Juliette“; Opera Bilbao in “Faust“; a new production of “La favorite” at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Nemorino in “L’Elisir d’amore” with the Opera of Cagliari, and Des Grieux in “Manon Lescaut” in Tampere, Finland.
Other engagements include “Romeo et Juliette” with Teatro La Fenice and Lisbon; the Spoleto Festival USA in Henze’s “Der Prinz von Homburg” and the Italian Singer in “Der Rosenkavalier“; “Fedora” with Palm Beach Opera; “Madama Butterfly” in Caracas; “Roméo et Juliette” in Dallas; Tom Rakewell in “The Rake’s Progress” in Montpellier; Anatol in “Vanessa” in New Jersey; “Lucia di Lammermoor” in Boston; and Verdi’s “Requiem” in Albuquerque, Istanbul, Turkey and in Imola, Italy.
Stephen Mark Brown has proven to be adept at both opera and concert work, and has enjoyed teaching master classes in universities and conservatories around the world including Florence Italy, Istanbul Turkey, Arkansas, Colorado and Missouri. Upcoming master classes, concerts and operas include those in Seoul Korea, Florence Italy, Athens Greece, London England, and Rosario Argentina as well as various venues in the United States. Born in Lansing, Michigan, Stephen Mark Brown grew up in Searcy, Arkansas where he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Harding University. He continued his studies at Indiana University, where he studied with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Virginia Zeani, and received his Master’s Degree in 1992.