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Mark Padmore, tenor

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English tenor Mark Padmore began his musical studies as a clarinetist, switching to singing after he gained a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge. After graduating in 1982, Padmore began working with a number of period performance choirs and ensembles, including the Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen and the King's Consort. In 1987, he became a member of the Hilliard Ensemble with whom he toured extensively and made a number of recordings. In 1991, he became a member of Les Arts Florissants, taking part in some of the group's most acclaimed productions and recordings, including the Gramophone-award winning recording of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie and the critically acclaimed recording of George Frideric Handel's MessiahPadmore continues to collaborate with Les Arts Florissants, albeit less frequently. Over the past several years, he has become particularly well known for his committed performances of the Evangelist in J.S. Bach's Passions (BWV 244 & BWV 245). His appearance as the Evangelist in the staged production by Deborah Warner of Bach's Saint John Passion (BWV 245) with English National Opera merits particular mention.

Mark Padmore's repertory ranges from medieval polyphony, to opera, to contemporary songs. His operatic roles have included Jason in M-A Charpentier's Medeé, Alphee in Lully's Proserpine, the title roles in Rameau’s Pygmalion and Zoroastre, Hippolyte in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie, Arnalta in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, Admete in G.F. Handel's Alceste and many others. As a concert artist, he has performed with such leading conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Paul McCreesh, John Eliot Gardiner, Robert King, Christophe Rousset, Marc Minkowski, Nicholas McGegan, Gustav Leonhardt and Richard Hickox.

"Padmore is gifted with exceptional intelligence in thinking his way into a poem… "

-International Record Review

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Mark Padmore, tenor and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schubert: Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959
Schubert: Schwanengesang, D. 957

 

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Departure and Discovery: New Directions at the Apex of Creativity is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Christine Anderson.

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Mark Padmore, tenor and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schumann: Liederkreis, Op. 24
Schumann: Sechs Gedichte und Requiem, Op. 90
Tippett: Boyhood’s End
Fauré: La Bonne Chanson, Op. 61

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45 with Cori Ellison

New York Times

“Mr. Padmore approached Schumann's songs thoughtfully, creating a distinct coloration and sense of character for each but also charting each cycle's emotional journey.”

International Record Review

“Padmore is gifted with exceptional intelligence in thinking his way into a poem… ”

London Evening Standard

“For Padmore, no praise could be too high. ”

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