Countertenor Mark Crayton created the role of the "First Minstrel" in The Holland Festival's production of Peter Onnes opera/theatre piece Pantagruel et Gargantua. In 2002-2003, Mark Crayton was invited by the composer Philip Glass and the Tony Award director Mary Zimmerman to sing in the world premiere performances of Glass' opera Galileo Galilei in Chicago, New York City and London. In addition, Mark Crayton was chosen by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb to sing the role of Louis Perch in their new musical called The Visit starring Chita Rivera.
Recent seasons have included performances at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Opera Theatre of St. Louis (American Premier of Goehr's Arianna), Seattle Opera (Handel's Giulio Cesare), San Diego Opera (Handel's Giulio Cesare), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Handel's Partenope), and the Kennedy Center. Equally at home on the recital and concert stage, Mr. Crayton has performed on Chicago's Jewel Box and Dame Myra Hess series as well as recitals with Ars Musica Chicago, at Washington, D.C.'s Phillip's Collection, at Weill Hall in New York City, as well as Amstelrande in Amsterdam and Grovesnor Chapel in London. Mr. Crayton has been a return guest artist every summer with the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra at Oberlin Conservatory's Baroque Performance Institute since 1993. This past summer he also taught at the Italian Operatic Experience in Montecatini Terme Italy.
Mr. Crayton has appeared with the Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Sarasota Symphony, Fargo Symphony, Sheboygan Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Chicago's Music of the Baroque, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Ensemble Voltaire, La Pettite Bande, the Netherlands Kammerkoor, El Ayre Español, as well as many others. Mark Crayton has developed quite a reputation for his interpretation of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, which he has performed 162 times. This past season's Chicago appearances included Ulnufo in Handel's Rodelina as part of Handel Week, appearances with Haydn by the Lake as well as a new project of music based on the writings of Henry VIII and his wives with Yasuko Oura, piano and Susanna Phillips, soprano, at Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall. Outside of Chicago, Mr. Crayton sang recitals in London, New York City, and Washington D.C. as well as presenting masterclasses here in the United States as well as Europe.
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