Crayton, Mark

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The first winner of the Classical Singer International Vocal Competion (2004), American countertenor Mark Crayton is hailed by critics for the pure beauty of his voice, his expressive and insightful interpretations, and his natural musicality. This season sees Crayton singing Handel's Messiah in Chicago, Illinois with the Chicago Chorale and Metropolis as well as in Raliegh/Durham, North Carolina with the Duke University Chapel Choir and Orchestra under Rodney Wynkoop. Crayton returns to the Phillips Collection with James Janssen and Laura Handler in a program entitled "An Italian Afternoon" featuring the Baroque Italian secular cantatas. Other recitals and performances include recitals in London, Indianapolis and Chicago as well as performances of Orff's Carmina Burana and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. Last season, Crayton made his Seattle Opera debut as Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare, and sang Nireno in Giulio Cesare for San Diego Opera. He also sang the role of Hamor in Handel's Jephtha. The role of First Minstrel in Peter Onnes' Pantagruel et Gargantua, performed at The Holland Festival, was written for him, as was the role of the Autumn Oracle in Phiip Glass's Galileo Galilei. At its 2002-2003 world premieres in Chicago, London and New York City, he also sang the role of the Cardinal and the Inquisitor. Kander and Ebb also wrote the role of Louis Perch for Crayton in their musical The Visit starring Chita Rivera. Crayton also sang BAcchus in the premiere of Alexander Goehr's Arianna for Opera Theatre of St. Louis; and Amore in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Ericlea in his Il Ritorno d"Ulisse in Patria with Music of the Baroque. Crayton is on the faculty of Roosevelt University where he is the Head of the Voice Department.



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TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
The Jolly Jolly BreezeEcclesMark Crayton, Countertenor; James Janssen, Harpsichord; Laura Handler, CelloMay 28 20081:36
Evening Hymn (Excerpt)Purcell, HenryMark Crayton, Countertenor; James Janssen, Harpsichord; Laura Handler, CelloJan 5 20080:41

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