Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and was a chorister at Dundee Cathedral. He went on to study at the University of East Anglia and the Royal College of Music.
In 2000 Mark made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando in Così fan Tutte and appeared as second soldier in Stephen Pimlott’s highly acclaimed production of The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera. Previously Mark has appeared in Donizetti’s Il Campanello at the Buxton Festival and roles in Vivaldi’s Giustine and as Ottone in La Serenissima for BBC Radio 3. Other appearances include Jacquino in Fidelio for Glyndebourne on Tour, Ferrando in Così fan Tutte and Seven Deadly Sins for Welsh National Opera, Frederic Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera, Handel’s Saul and Cat in Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio for Opera North (now released on DVD), Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for the Mostly Mozart Festival, Don Ottavio, title role Candide, Alfredo La Traviata and Idamante Idomeneo with Birmingham Opera, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia for the European Opera Centre in St Petersburg and Riga, Giannetto La Gazza Ladra, Albafiorita in Martinu’s Mirandolina, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Comte Miguel in Offenbach’s La Perichole at Garsington Opera, Rudolf in a new production of Euryanthe for the Netherlands Opera, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for Savoy Theatre Opera, Adelaide de Borgogna at the Edinburgh International Festival, Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and the Madwoman in Britten’s Curlew River, including a performance at the BBC Proms. Mark also sang Serano/Bertram in La Donna del Lago for Opera Rara at the Edinburgh Festival, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Bari and Reggio Emilia, Bird of Night at the Linbury Studio, Covent Garden and Tamino Die Zauberflöte, title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr Fox, Flavio and The Fairy Queen for English Touring Opera.
Mark’s regular appearances on the concert platform include Mozart Requiem at the Barbican Hall with Carlo Rizzi for the Mostly Mozart Festival, Christmas Oratorio with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, St John Passion at the Perth Festival with the Hanover Band and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the St Matthew Passion in Helsinki, The Creation for the International Church Music Festival, Kristiansund, at the Barbican and Royal Festival Halls and for CBSO, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia, Monteverdi Vespers at St Paul’s Cathedral, Acis and Galatea at St John’s Smith Square, Messiah at Winchester Cathedral and in Oslo, and Britten’s War Requiem in Westminster, Guildford, Ely, Norwich and Ypres Cathedrals. Mark also sung the St John Passion in Turku & Oulu, Finland, and in Hovik Kirke in Norway, as well as on tour in Spain with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Messiah with the Sixteen and City of London Sinfonia, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in Japan with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, L’Enfance du Christ with Odense Symphony Orchestra, Pacini’s Alessandro nelle Indie with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Dove’s On Spital Fields at London’s Spitalfields Festival, and recitals at St John’s Smith Square with Malcolm Martineau and Aldeburgh with Andrew West.
Mark has recorded Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia’s Day for Naxos records, ‘Ancient Melodies’, a recital CD of songs for tenor and guitar on Docker Records, Arthur Sullivan’s The Golden Legend and The Prodigal Son for Hyperion. Opera Rara recordings include Binet in Offenbach’s Vert-Vert, Ricci’s Corrado d’Altamura and Donizetti Pia de’ Tolomeo. Mark’s latest solo recording of Britten Complete Scottish Songs was released by Naxos in 2011.
Engagements last season included Sellem The Rake’s Progress at the Endellion Festival, Frederic The Pirates of Penzance for the RTE Concert Orchestra, title role Albert Herring for ETO, Messiah for Oxford Philomusica, St John Passion in Winchester Cathedral and Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Garsington Opera. Future engagements include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg with the Ural Philharmonic, a Britten recital for Musica Sacra Maastricht, Inkslinger Paul Bunyan for ETO and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert for Garsington Opera.