Mark Delavan

— 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


This season, Mark Delavan will sing Scarpia in Tosca at the Pittsburgh Opera, Jochanaan in Salome at Florida Grand Opera, and his signature role of Wotan at both Arizona Opera and Fort Worth Opera in Das Rheingold. Mark Delavan recently sang Amonasro in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera and Jack Rance in La faniculla del West at Michigan Opera Theatre. He returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Jupiter in Die liebe der Danae and Alfio/Tonio in the double-bill of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci. He returned to Pittsburgh Opera in the title role of Nabucco . . .

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