Mark Glanville started life as an aspiring professional clarinettist before discovering that he had a singing voice. After preliminary studies with Mark Raphael, he went up to Oxford University to read Classics and Philosophy before going on to win a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Northern College of Music with Patrick McGuigan. Whilst there he appeared in a number of college productions and was awarded the Ricordi Opera Prize, the Elsie Sykes Fellowship, the Countess of Munster Award and several Peter Moores scholarships.
He continued his studies at the National Opera Studio at which point he made his debut with Opera North as Second Soldier in ‘The Trojans.’ Subsequent roles for that company included Il Medico (Macbeth), The King of Clubs (Love for Three Oranges), the King (Aida), Angelotti (Tosca), Nourabad (Pearl Fishers), Hobson (Peter Grimes) and Father (The Jewel Box). For Scottish Opera he has sung Commendatore (Don Giovanni), for Lisbon Opera, New Israeli Opera and Opera Zuid The King of Clubs, and for Opera Omaha Ferrando (Il Trovatore), for English Touring Opera he has performed Pizzarro (Fidelio), for English Festival Opera, Germont (La Traviata), for Haddo House, Iago (Otello).
On the concert platform he has performed as Bass soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Concertgebouw with Lord Menuhin, Tiresias (Oedipus Rex) for RAI 3 in Milan with Daniele Gatti, as Bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall with Sir David Willcocks and in Bruckner’s ‘Te Deum’ with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the Halle Orchestra at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
His recordings include Donizetti’s L’Assedio di Calais and Anna Bolena, several contributions to Opera Rara’s ‘100 Years of Italian Opera’, Schubert’s Mass in G, ‘A Yiddish Winterreise’ and ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin.’ In 2010/2011 his recital, ‘A Yiddish Winterreise’ was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Symphony Space in New York, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Purcell Room and Leeds Lieder Festival and released as a CD on the Naxos label. A second recital, ‘Di Sheyne Milnerin’, was performed at Symphony Space and St John’s, Smith Square 2011/2012, with a CD released on the Nimbus label. He has been invited back to the Kennedy Center to participate in a new programme, ‘Wandering Stars’, in March 2016.
Mark has been teaching singing privately for a number of years and in 2015 became singing teacher at Kingham Hill School.
As a writer Mark has been a regular contributor to Opera Now, The Singer, Classical Music Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, The Jewish Quarterly and The Jewish Chronicle. His memoir, The Goldberg Variations (published by Harper Collins 2003/2004), was shortlisted for the Wingate Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Sporting Club Award.