Hailed as “thrillingly powerful” by the New York Times and "a major talent" by The Toronto Star, Marcus Nance masterfully straddles the worlds of opera, musical theatre, film, and cabaret. Upcoming engagements for Marcus include two returns to the Stratford Festival as the Abbot of Westminster in Richard II, and as The Creature in Frankenstein Revived. Recent engagements include The Mayor's Evening for the Arts Gala, Dick Deadeye in Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore with the Vancouver Opera, Benjamin Stone in Sondheim’s Follies at Koerner Hall, standby for Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime with Theatre Calgary and The Calgary Philharmonic, recitals for the Carmel Woman's Club in California, and Innerchamber in Stratford, an opening night gala and performances of Songs of the Troubadour for Stratford Summer Music, and Why We Tell the Story; a Stratford Festival concert directed and curated by Nance.
Having already made his film debut as the singing accountant in Mel Brooks feature film The Producers, the pandemic's effects on live performance led Marcus Nance back into the world of TV and film with appearances on Queen Tut, Good Sam, Murdoch Mysteries, Departure and Mayday.
New York audiences saw Marcus Nance on Broadway as Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar and in Baz Luhrman’s Tony Award winning production of La Boheme; as Alidoro in Cenerentola with New York City Opera Education, in Encores! productions of Kismet and Of Thee I Sing, and in concert at The Metropolitan Room and at The Public Theatre.
Marcus Nance garnered international attention as Malcolm in the world premiere of Atom Egoyan’s opera Elsewhereless with Tapestry New Opera Works which earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Most Outstanding Male Performer. For Queen of Puddings Music Theatre he created the role of Moses in the world premiere of the epic opera Beatrice Chancy. Other operatic highlights include the Bass in Tapestry Opera's Dark Star Requiem (Juno award nominee for Classical Album of the Year), Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Tacoma Opera, Compere in Four Saints in Three Acts with Chicago Opera Theatre, Basilio in The Barber of Seville for Monterey Opera Association, and Ali in L'Italiana in Algeri for Hawaii Opera Theatre.
He has spent eleven seasons at the Stratford Festival where his assignments have included a digital performance of his solo show Voice of a Preacher's Son, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Queequeg in Moby Dick, and Rev. J.D. Montgomery in Gershwin’s My One and Only and two seasons at the Shaw Festival where his portrayal of Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd was hailed by the Toronto Star as a "standout performance... with his stunning singing voice and commanding physical presence". Other musical theatre highlights include Clairborne in the world premiere of Evangeline at the Charlottetown Festival, the beast in Beauty and the Beast for The Grand Theatre and Western Canadian Theatre, King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the Mikado in The Mikado for Drayton Entertainment and Porgy in Porgy and Bess highlights in concert with The Toronto Symphony.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music and Voice from California State University, Fresno and has done graduate work in voice at the University of Texas and the University of Illinois. Marcus Nance is on the faculty of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Department, and frequently adjudicates music festivals and has given vocal masterclasses throughout Canada and the US.
-The Toronto Star
In celebration of Canadian songwriters
Abbot of Westminster
The Mayor's Evening for the Arts
Toronto Convention Centre
Carmel Woman's Club
OPENING NIGHT GALA - GENERATIONS
MORE SONGS OF THE TROUBOUDR STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
RAGTIME: IN CONCERT
COALHOUSE WALKER JR (standby)
APRIL - MAY 2022
SO, HOW'S IT BEEN?
HERE FOR NOW THEATRE
SONGS OF THE TROUBADOUR
STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC
WHY WE TELL THE STORY
A NIGHT IN THE SALON
UP CLOSE AND MUSICAL