International opera star and Grammy Award winner Mark S. Doss proudly announces his return to the Teatro Regio di Torino to perform lead roles in the upcoming globally celebrated productions of The Flying Dutchmanand Carmen. Mr. Doss will take to the stage as the Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman - a first in his career - on October 12, 14, 16, 19 and 21, 2012, and as Escamillo in Carmen, one of his most acclaimed signature roles, on November 13, 15, 18, 21, 23 and 25, 2012.
"It's always been a dream of mine to perform the title role of the Dutchman. I am confident my interpretation will resonate with the Teatro Regio audiences, who have always inspired me with their great enthusiasm concerning my performances," said Mr. Doss. "My refinement of the Dutchman role has been greatly helped by a number of talented individuals from the performing arts, including: drama coaches, Miriam Laurence andDavid Smukler in Toronto; Canadian Opera Company (COC) coaches, Adreana Braun and Rachel Andrist; COC stage director, Marilyn Gronsdal; MET coach, William Hicks; La Scala head coach, James Vaughn; Brussels La Monnaie coach, Peter Tomak; Lyric Opera of Chicago coach, Eric Weimer and retired staff coach, Giulio Favario."
Wagner's The Flying Dutchman features the Dutchman, a sea captain condemned by the devil to sail for eternity until he finds a woman who loves him enough to die for him. Senta, the daughter of the sea captain named Daland, has lived her entire life dreaming of the man whose redemption she is meant to bring about.
Set in Seville, Spain during the mid-nineteenth century, Georges Bizet's opera Carmen tells the tale of the downfall of Don Jose, a soldier who is seduced by the wily and fiery gypsy Carmen, only to lose her to Escamillo, a glamorous bull fighter.
In addition to being one of Mr. Doss' signature roles, Escamillo has the distinction of being the role he has performed the most - over 125 times. In 1991, Mr. Doss played Escamillo for the first time at Lyric Opera ofChicago with the extremely talented conductor, Antonio Pappano. More recently, the bass-baritone performed the toreador in his debut at the Arena di Verona in 2010, and it was also his debut role at the legendary Teatre alla Scala in Milan during the 2003-2004 season.