Mark Delavan

Mark Delavan

Vocalists — Baritone

“The baritone Mark Delavan’s Gianciotto — barbarous, yet seemingly genuine in his affection for Francesca — was the evening’s prize portrayal.” —Steve Smith, New York Times - Gianciotto in 'Francesca da Rimini' at the Metropolitan Opera

“The ferocity of Racette's performance was well matched by that of baritone Mark Delavan as Scarpia, in an interpretation that went well beyond cartoon impressions of lechery to hint at the dark obsessiveness informing the character's behavior. In his extended soliloquy at the start of Act 2, Delavan let loose with superbly open-throated phrasing, as though Scarpia's very compulsions were forcing their way into the open.” —Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle - Scarpia in 'Tosca' at San Francisco Opera

“The range of emotions Mr. Delavan can communicate with his half-divine, half-human voice appears limitless.” —David Littlejohn, Wall Street Journal - Wotan in 'Die Walküre' at San Francisco Opera


A singer of “incisive vocal power and fierce theatrical acuity”, Mark Delavan is sought after throughout the United States and Europe for the most demanding roles in his repertoire. He regularly appears in the title roles of Der Fliegende Holländer, Falstaff and Rigoletto, and as Iago in Otello, Scarpia in Tosca, Jochanaan in Salome, and Amonasro in Aida. In the summer of 2011, Mr. Delavan completed his first performances as Wotan/Wanderer in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen for San Francisco Opera’s new production by Francesca Zambello. . . .

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