Mark Van Arsdale | Tenor | CO-WY District - 2009

Mark Van Arsdale is a native of Denver, Colorado and a product of musical outreach programs in the Denver area, including Opera Colorado and the Colorado Children's Chorale. He will graduate with his Master's degree in spring 2009 from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Dr. Robert Harrison. He will return to the Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts in the summer of 2009 as a vocal fellow, where he will sing the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by James Levine. As a 2008 Tanglewood Fellow, he participated in masterclasses with James Levine and Dawn Upshaw, covered the lead role of Jimmy in Weill's Mahagonny, performed in Sondheim's A Little Night Music with the Boston Pops as well as Brahms's Liebeslieder-Walzer with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and sang recitals of Rachmaninoff and Brahms. He received the Indiana University Performer's Certificate for Excellence in Voice for his all-French recital of Poulenc, Duparc, and Satie, and has won awards from Opera Birmingham, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Singers' Club of Cleveland. Indiana University Opera Theater credits include Truffaldino in The Love for Three Oranges, Sam in Susannah, Donato in the collegiate premiere of A Wedding (Bolcom), and Herman in The Most Happy Fella. Other operatic roles include Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Northwestern University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2006. He was a young artist with Central City Opera in 2006, performing the Second Dandy in The Ballad of Baby Doe. Oratorio credits include Bach's Magnificat and Handel's Messiah with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Bach's St. John Passion with the Lafayette Bach Chorale, and Rossini's Stabat Mater and Handel's Solomon at Northwestern University. As part of his extensive worldwide travels, he lived in Milan, Italy, where he studied with master teacher Giovanna Canetti, and speaks fluent Italian.