Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He was a chorister at Southwell Minster and a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music. Marcus read music at the University of Manchester, graduating with a first class honours degree. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London where he completed his studies in 2011, and he is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.
In forthcoming seasons Marcus will appear at Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson, James Baillieu and the Myrthen Ensemble, and at Musée d’Orsay, Paris with Songsmiths. Recent recital highlights include debuts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and La Monnaie, Brussels with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake; a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; a recital for Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper while appearances at Wigmore Hall include the Britten Festival with Malcolm Martineau and Julius Drake.
Concert plans this season and beyond include Orff Carmina Burana with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ with the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; Bach St John Passion with the Ulster Orchestra and Bach St Matthew and St John Passions on a European tour with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh.
In the 2015/16 season he will make his debut with Welsh National Opera in the world première of In Parenthesis by Iain Bell, sing Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bergen National Opera and Guglielmo Così fan tutte on tour in Belgium with Baart Van Reyn and The Ministry of Operatic Affairs. Recent highlights include Kelvin in Fujikura Solaris in Paris, Lille and Lausanne; Guglielmo, English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for ENO; and Eddy in Turnage Greek for Music Theatre Wales on a UK tour, including at ROH Linbury Studio.
For more information about Marcus, visit his website.
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