BIOGRAPHY OF MARK COTTON
Mark Cotton has sung a wide variety of operatic roles from Verdi to Gounod and Bernstein to Barber. He has also spent extensive time on the Concert Stage singing Beethoven, Faure, Haydn and Verdi.
He possesses a strong ringing voice and a stage presence that brings his characters to life with great dramatic range. Mr. Cotton’s Germont has been described as, “A rich and resonant baritone voice… Full throated projection and careful annunciation “(Times Herald Record).
Upcoming engagements of the JS Bach Magnificat for First Presbyterian Church of Rutherford, NJ, Rigoletto for Delaware Valley Opera, Narrowsburg, NY, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Opera West in Santa Fe, NM and Nabucco for Opera Classica Europa have been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19.
For the 2019-2020 Season the Baritone headed to Colorado for the Easter Weekend to sing the complete Messiah for Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction Colorado. Mr. Cotton, upon returning home, unexpectedly jumped in to sing Alfio for the Hudson Lyric Opera’s Cavalleria Rusticana. The highlight of the season, he headed to Espenschied, Germany to make his role and company debut as Amonasro in Aida for Opera Classica Europa’s Summer Fest. He then paired up with Soprano Justyna Giermola in October for a BRAVO Alliance of Performing Artists recital to present “Puccini-vs-Verdi“ in Livingston New Jersey. Next Mr. Cotton joined the Gateway Classical Music Society for their October Opera Gala in Connecticut. He then headed to sunny Miami Florida where he was a featured soloist for Miami Lyric Opera‘s Concert Gala.
He performed selections as Rigoletto, Enrico in Lucia, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera and Germont for both Galas. The 2018–2019 season started with several performances as Germont in La Traviata. Starting in Germany at the Hocheim Am Main Festival immediately followed by the Linguaglossa Arts Festival in Sicily to which he added Escamillo in Carmen. The baritone then headed to Poland for the Ścinawa Cultural Arts Association’s production of La Traviata for his third production of the season singing Germont. Mr. Cotton again joined Soprano Justyna Giermola as they presented a joint recital, Musica a Milano, selections of Italian Operatic Arias at the Presbyterian Church in Westfield, Westfield, New Jersey.
Previous seasons saw Mr. Cotton spending a great deal of time on the Concert Stage. He was the Baritone Soloist for Messiah, the Mozart Requiem, Beethoven 9th, the Dvorak Te Deum and the Verdi Requiem for the Paul Madore Chorale in Salem Massachusetts and Masterworks Chorus in Chatham, NJ. He also made his company debut as Escamillo in Carmen for Eastern Opera of New Jersey. His Escamillo was described as “The Perfect Toreador”…(Mycentraljersey.com).
But there wasn’t just concert work. On just two weeks notice he performed the role of Simon Boccanegra for the Opera Company of Brooklyn. He also joined OCB as the American Consulate Sharpless in their production of Madama Butterfly.
Updated October 2020