Mark Padmore began his musical training as a clarinettist, but ultimately attended King’s College, Cambridge where he studied voice. The English tenor has built a great career as an interpreter of solo roles in both operas and oratorios, and has made guest appearances with the leading orchestras of London, Berlin, Munich, Vienna and New York. He is one of the most sought-after tenors for the role of Evangelist in Bach’s Passions.
On the operatic stage, Padmore has sung the leading role in Birtwistle’s The Corridor and the Cure, Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress en Captain Vere in Brittens Billy Budd. He also gives frequent lieder recitals and was hailed by Musical America as Vocalist of the Year in October 2015.
His extensive discography includes recent releases like Beethoven´s Missa Solemnis and Haydn´s Die Schöpfung with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, and lieder by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart with Kristian Bezuidenhout
Since 2004, Padmore has appeared as the Evangelist several times in Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, most recently under the baton of Iván Fischer in 2012. The year before, he also appeared as a soloist in the RCO’s performance of the Mozart Requiem conducted by Mariss Jansons.