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Marcus Nance has captivated audiences across Canada and the United States with his magnetic stage presence and lustrous bass-baritone voice. He is equally at home in theatre, opera, concert, and cabaret while setting the highest standards in each, vocally and theatrically. The New York Times described him as “a thrillingly powerful bass-baritone”, Backstage NY says he “has a bass that flows like melted butter” and the New York Post says his “bass voice resonates with silky menace”.

Marcus Nance is currently mesmerizing audiences on Broadway as Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, a role he also performed at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Other roles for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival have included his “fearsome and endearing” portrayal of Queequeg in Morris Panych’s adaptation of Melville’s Moby Dick, Olin Brit in The Music Man, and as the commanding revivalist preacher the Rt. Rev. J.D. Montgomery in Gershwin’s My One and Only. For the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, British Columbia and the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario he moved audiences with his powerful and emotional portrayal of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast and in the title role of The Mikado for Drayton Entertainment.

Marcus Nance garnered international attention as Malcolm in the world premiere of Atom Egoyan’s Elsewhereless with Tapestry New Opera Works. His performance earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Most Outstanding Male Performer in a Musical. Other awards include a Metropolitan Opera National Council (Regional) Award and a National Opera Association Vocal Competition Award.

New York audiences saw Marcus Nance on Broadway in Baz Luhrman’s Tony Award winning production of La Boheme, in New York City Centre ENCORES! productions of Kismet and Of Thee I Sing, as Alidoro in Cenerentola with New York City Opera and in his current cabaret series “Marcus Nance and Friends at the Metropolitan Room”. A bi-monthly cabaret that features Broadway, opera and jazz singers currently performing in New York City.

For Stage West Marcus Nance has appeared as Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and for the Shaw Festival of Canada, he appeared as Dr. Hazlett and Reporter in Floyd Collins, as Mike and Earnest in Pal Joey and Pompey in Bloomer Girl. For Queen of Puddings Music Theatre he was Moses in Beatrice Chancy starring Measha Bruggergosman. He performed with Louise Pitre and Billy Ray Cyrus in Annie Get Your Gun at Massey Hall, with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Porgy in excerpts from Porgy and Bess, with Tacoma Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, with Hawaii Opera Theatre as Haly in L’Italiana in Algeri, with Monterey Opera Association as Basilio in The Barber of Seville, with Chicago Opera Theatre as Compere in Four Saints in Three Acts and at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts in Show Boat.

This Fresno State University alum has performed other leading roles with Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Chautauqua Opera, Vancouver New Music, The National Arts Centre, Shreveport Opera, Ash-Lawn-Highland Summer Festival, Mississauga Opera, Edmonton Opera, Natchez Opera Festival, and has sung in concert and oratorio with Orchestra London, Victoria Symphony, North York Symphony, Illinois Oratorio Society, the National Academy Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony, Fairbanks Festival Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, the Monterey Bay Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has also been a regular performer with the Starbright Summer and Christmas Festivals.

Expanding further his creativity and artistic horizons, Marcus Nance made his film debut as the Singing Accountant in Mel Brooke’s feature film The Producers starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and his television debut in Beatrice Chancy. He has also moved into cabaret with appearances at the Metropolitan Room in New York City, the Stratford Summer Music Cabarets at the Church, the Elora Festival, the Green Door Cabarets, the Toronto Jazz Festival and as a regular guest with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra. In 2009 he starred and hosted Divos and Divas with Marcus Nance at Statlers Piano Lounge in Toronto performing with guest stars such as Tony Award Nominee Louise Pitre, David Rogers of Phantom of the Opera fame and the incomparable opera diva Measha Brueggergosman.

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