1984 National Winner Marcus Haddock, who suffered two strokes at the height of his career in 2009, returned to the stage last season with a recital and lecture "The Art of Bel Canto" for Civic Morning Musicals in Syracuse. Marcus now holds an appointment as Applied Instructor of Voice at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Marcus was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and attended Baylor University as a pre-med student; he went on to Boston University as a vocal performance major. After winning the National Auditions the tenor made debuts with opera houses and symphony orchestras throughout the United States in such roles as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Lindoro in L'Italiana in Algeri, and Tonio in La Fille du Régiment.
Europe beckoned in 1987, beginning with Bordeaux, where he was Ford in Salieri's Falstaff at the May Festival, returning the following year as Nemorino. In 1988 he joined the ensemble at Aachen, Germany, where his debut roles were Rodolfo and Edgardo; he also sang Alfred, Tamino, Don Narciso in Il Turco in Italia, the Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos and Cassio in Otello. In 1990 he became a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany, adding Alfredo to his repertoire. Guest appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala and the Opéra Bastille in Paris followed. Bonn called in 1992 and Marcus debuted in several important roles there as a member of the ensemble; Hoffmann, Werther, and Roberto in Puccini's Le Villi. When Bonn toured to Reggio Emilia in 1992 he was Cassio to Placido Domingo's Otello, and this winning combination was repeated in June 1993 back on the stage of the (then) German capital. In June 1994 both tenors took part in Werner Herzog's production of Gomes' Il Guarany; the performances resulted in a recording of this seldom played opera set in the Brazilian jungle.
More company debuts followed: Lausanne (Lenski), Geneva (Rodolfo), Los Angeles (Pinkerton), and De Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp (the title role in Don Carlo), as well as Ruggero in La Rondine, a 1995 coproduction with Washington and Los Angeles directed by Marta Domingo. In the next five years Marcus sang Faust at Deutsche Oper Berlin Tebaldo in I Capuletti e i Montecchi at the Opéra Bastille, Lenski and Alfredo at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, and Gustavo in Ballo and the Duke in Rigoletto. After taking over as Artistic Director at The Washington Opera, Placido Domingo was eager to bring Marcus to Washington, where he sang Ruggero in March 1998 (these performances of La Rondine were videotaped and telecast on PBS). Shortly after, he took part in an operatic concert at the White House on the occasion of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's visit, singing “Recondita armonia” from Tosca for an audience that included President Clinton, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper, and actress Sophia Loren. That summer Marcus debuted at the Bregenz Festival, as Avito in Montemezzi's L'Amore dei tre Re (released on CD in 1999), and both this production and a Madama Butterfly in Geneva that June were telecast in many European countries. He made his debut as Hoffmann at the Hamburg Staatsoper in January 1999, and went to Tel Aviv for a series of Edgardos. Other highlights of that season included Werther in Geneva, Hoffmann in Hamburg, Julien in Louise in Toulouse, Pinkerton in Buenos Aires, and Alfredo in Seville.
In the new century Marcus continued to cross the ocean, appearing as Ruggero in Marta Domingo's production of La Rondine at Los Angeles Opera, Cavaradossi and Pinkerton Washington Opera, Alfredo (debut) at the Teatre Liceu in Barcelona (with La Traviata), role and house debuts as Don José at Glyndebourne, and numerous performances as Don Carlo in Cologne and Hoffmann in Los Angeles. The 2002-2003 season was marked by his debut season at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, first as Faust, then as Alfredo. In the years that followed before his illness, Marcus had a full calendar: a few of his many engagements were Pinkerton at Covent Garden, Faust at the Lyric Opera Chicago, Alfredo in Munich, Hoffmann in Paris and Dallas, Gabriele Adorno in Simon Boccanegra at Santa Fe Opera, Don Carlo and Cavaradossi in Florence, many leading roles at the Vienna Staatsoper (Werther, Rigoletto, Les Contes d'Hoffman), and Aeneas in Les Troyens at Tanglewood.
He has played trumpet, piano, and guitar in a rock band, worked as an arranger, and spent time as a DJ at a radio station. He enjoys teaching and has always maintained a private studio, either at home or wherever his travels have taken him.
Recordings: Carmen with Anne Sofie von Otter (Glyndebourne 2002 - reviews) is available on DVD. Marcus can be heard on CD recordings of Massenet's Werther for Naxos (recorded in Lille, June 1999), released January 2003 (review), Montemezzi's L'Amore dei tre Re (Koch/Schwann), Mercadante's Orazi e Curiazi (Opera Rara) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Il Guarany (Gomes) with the Oper der Stadt Bonn, produced by Sony.
Mr. Haddock is represented by Columbia Artists Management Inc. You can read more about Mr. Haddock on his personal web page.