Mark Beesley at Clapham Opera Festival

Mark Beesley – Bass

Mark made his professional singing debut in 1987 with the City of Birmingham Touring Opera, and also sang with Opera 80.

In 1989 he joined the Royal Opera as principal Bass, where roles included Colline, Ancient Hebrew Samson et Dalilah, Lodovico Othello, King Aida, Timur Turandot, First Nazarene Salome, and Capellio Capuletti et Montecchi.

In 1998 he joined English National Opera as principal Bass, where he sang Pistola Falstaff, Daland The Flying Dutchman, Colline, Lodovico, Don Basilio, Sparafucile, Bartolo and Parson Cunning little Vixen.

Since 2001 Mark has been pursuing a freelance career, since when he has sung Raleigh Gloriana in Phyllida Lloyd’s award winning production, the title role in Donizetti’s comedy Viva La Mamma, Plunkett in Flotow’s Martha at the Gaity Theatre Dublin, Zuniga for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Angelotti and Swallow Peter Grimes for the Reisopera Netherlands. He has also appeared with Opera Tours as Don Basilio, and has also performed Don Bartolo Barbiere.

He has also returned to Covent Garden to sing Theseus Midsummer Nights Dream, Doctor Grenville La Traviata, Ceprano Rigoletto and Raimondo Matilde di Shabran.

He has also sung at WNO, Glyndebourne, Paris (Chatalet), Nantes, Palermo, and in the Hong Kong, and Aix en Provence festivals, as well as in concert at the New York Lincoln Center and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Most recently, he has created the role of The Father in Edward Lambert’s new chamber opera ‘Six characters in search of a stage’, at the Tete a Tete opera festival in Edward Lamberts ‘The Catfish conundrum’ and ‘Le bailee’ in Grimebourne’s Werther.

Mark has also edited a series of books called ‘Classical Fake Books’ for teachers and pupils who need some help with their sight reading. (see

Recordings include Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata and Otello with Solti, Salome with Downes, Pulcinella with Robert Craft.

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