Described by Das Opernglas as “a strong, rich and warm-colored voice with assured style,” Mark Schnaible’s engagements in the 2012-13 season and beyond include his first performances of Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Edmonton Opera in addition to Scarpia in Tosca with Portland Opera as well as Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the North Carolina Symphony. Last season, he sang his first performances of Der Wanderer in Siegfried with Kent Nagano conducting in a return to Den Nye Opera and returned to Utah Opera for Pizarro in Fidelio in the 2011-12 season. He also sang Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Edo de Waart conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Mr. Schnaible’s other recent performances include Orest in Willy Decker’s production of Elektra with Polish National Opera; Escamillo in Carmen with New Orleans Opera and the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra under Michael Stern; Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann directed by Nicholas Joel with Den Nye Opera; Friedrich in the North American stage premiere of Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Glimmerglass Opera; Biterolf in Robert Carsen’s production of Tannhäuser conducted by Seiji Ozawa at Tokyo Opera Nomori; the title role in Sweeney Todd and Scarpia in Tosca with Shreveport Opera; Mephistofeles in Faust with Shreveport Opera and El Paso Opera; Jochanaan in Salome in his home state of Iowa with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.
He has sung numerous leading roles with Theater Lübeck including the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann Dr Schön in Lulu, both directed by Anthony Pilavachi as well as the title role in Der fliegende Holländer, Seven Antagonists in Death in Venice, Orest in Elektra, Pizarro in Fidelio, Capulet in Roméo et Juliette, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Lorenzo in I capuleti e i Montecchi. Additional recent performances include Leporello in Don Giovanni with Boston Baroque and Utah Opera; Colline in La bohème with Oper Kiel; the title role in Giulio Cesare with Utah Opera; the title role in Gianni Schicchi and Rambaldo in La rondine with Opera Tampa; Ariodate in Xerxes with Boston Baroque; Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte with Shreveport Opera; Capulet in Roméo et Juliette with New Orleans Opera; as well as the Huntsman in Rusalka with Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and with Franz Welser-Möst at the Opernhaus Zurich. A past winner of the prestigious Marseille International Opera Competition, the bass-baritone subsequently sang Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera d’Avignon and Metz Opera and joined the Choregies d’Orange Festival under Bertrand de Billy for Baron Douphol in La traviata and for Carmen under Michel Plasson.
He is equally at home with the concert repertoire having recently sung Bizet’s Clovis et Clotilde with Les Flaneries Musicales de Reims and Jean-Claude Casadesus and in subsequent performances with the same conductor and the Orchestre National de Lille (released on the Naxos label). Other concert performances include Bluebeard’s Castle with Utah Symphony led by Keith Lockhart, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Utah Symphony and Sioux City Smphony, previous performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Jacques Lacombe conducting the Lorraine Philharmonic as well as the Nashville Symphony and Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National d'Île de France, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio with the Winterthur Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Mass in C with the Hartford Symphony, Dvořák’s Te Deum with the Utah Symphony, and Fauré’s Requiem with the Heidelberg Philharmonic and Lorraine Philharmonic. He has sung Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra, St. John Passion with the Heidelberg Philharmonic, and Mass in B minor with the Würzburg Symphony Orchestra; Berlioz’s Messe Solenelle also with the Heidelberg Philharmonic and his Lélio, ou le retour à la vie with the Lübeck Philharmonic Orchestra; and Handel’s Utrecht Jubilate with the Sioux City Choral Union and Messiah with the Jerusalem Symphony and El Paso Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Seiji Ozawa conducting at the Saito Kinen Festival as well as with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he also sang the composer’s St. Paul; Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Quad Cities Symphony, Requiem with the Harrisburg Symphony, and Vesperae Solemnes with the Buena Vista Symphony; and Haydn’s The Creation with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Stern and Utah Symphony conducted by Jeffrey Kahane and The Seasons with the Poitou-Charentes Orchestre.