Marcio de Oliveira, tenor, recently made his international debut as the Evangelist & tenor soloist in Bach’s St. John Passion with Ensemble Regale & The University of King’s College Chapel Choir, which was broadcast on CBC Radio 2. He is a graduate of the Masters of Music degree program in Voice Performance & Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he studied with Laura Brooks Rice and coached with J.J. Penna, Susan Ashbaker, and Andrew Megill. A versatile singing actor, Marcio has been praised for his “agile, multi-faceted voice”, “vibrant stage presence”, and “fiery enthusiasm”. As Joadab in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, Marcio balanced a “light, lyrical sound with efficiently villainous character, physically clear and effective” (Boston Globe).
His recital & concert work includes Schubert’s Winterreise (Opus Affair Salon); Britten’s Five Canticles & Poulenc’s Calligrammes (Westminster Choir College); Handel’s Jephtha, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, and St. Matthew & St. John Passions (Handel + Haydn Society, Harry Christophers); Haydn’s Theresienmesse (Church of the Advent, Mark Dwyer); the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion (Fuma Sacra, Andrew Megill); Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity (Westminster Masterwork Chorus, Andrew Megill); Handel’s Dixit Dominus & Messiah; Bach’s Mass in G Minor BWV 235 and Cantatas BWV 4, 29, 40, 61, 62, 71, 100, 133, 136, 140, 147, 153, 166 & 211; Mozart’s Requiem, Missa Brevis in F & Coronation Mass; and Rachmaninov’s Vespers.
Previous operatic roles include Erisbe in Cavalli’s Artemisia & Joadab in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (Helios Early Opera); Aladino in Scarlatti’s La principessa fedele (Amherst Early Music Festival); Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (Westminster Opera Theater); Albert in Britten’s Albert Herring (Westminster Opera Theater); Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (CSUS Opera Theater/Townsend Opera Players); and Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi (CSUS Opera Theater).
Marcio regularly sings as soloist & chorister with the Advent Choir of The Church of the Advent, under Mark Dwyer & Ross Wood, in Boston, MA, and with the Handel + Haydn Society Chorus, led by world-renown Harry Christophers. He strives to maintain a solo- & choral-singing career in concert, recital, and operatic performance. He is a native of Turlock, California and of Portuguese descent.