Mark Freiman

lyric bass / stage director

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Critical Acclaim


Select Singing Reviews

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

“Mark Freiman was a Figaro strong in every sense: a solid singer, a capable actor and a genuinely funny comedian.”

The New York Times

 

“As Figaro, bass Mark Freiman gave us a stellar performance. He is a true lyric bass, with an exceptionally even production throughout his range, and a clarity of enunciation which allows him considerable flexibility of expression, particularly in his recitatives.”

The Observer (Charlottesville, VA)

 

“Tops among the singing actors is Mark Freiman as the wily and jealous Figaro. Freiman is a robust bass who fills his role comfortably, reveling in ploys and triumphs, seething in jealousies.”

The Modesto Bee (CA)

 

DON GIOVANNI

“Freiman has the ability to be physically interesting and emotionally expressive every moment he is on stage. His characterization of Leporello is delightful and engaging.”

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA)

 

“The singers, for most of whom this experience is a tour de force (they must sing in all three productions), gave proof of excellent preparation. Mark Freiman was equally convincing as Leporello and Don Pasquale.”

Opera News

 

“Mark Freiman sang and acted well as Masetto, and his physical slightness made sense of the manhandling that Leporello and Giovanni gave him.”

Opera News

 

 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

“Mark Freiman gave a virtuoso performance as Bartolo, including an exquisitely and deliberately off-key rendition of “Quando mi sei vicina.”

The Washington Post

 

“Mark Freiman’s Dr. Bartolo was perhaps the funniest portrayal in the show, exasperated and pathetic, well- sung in a rich bass.”

Opera Canada

 

“Freiman created a comic tour de force. His cantankerous, blustery Bartolo shone as brightly as any character in the show.”

Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY)

 

“Mark Freiman kept Dr. Bartolo silly and pompous throughout and was especially good in fast, patter-song passages.”

The Washington Post

 

LA BOHEME

“Mark Freiman (Colline) provided solid singing and a nicely individualized characterization.”

Opera News

 

 

RIGOLETTO

“Mark Freiman made for an exceptionally dashing Sparafucile.”

The New York Times

 

“Sinister doesn’t even begin to describe Mark Freiman’s Sparafucile, who offers to rid the jester of the vile seducer, then reneges. Freiman is chillingly real in his first-act meeting with Rigoletto, which has an undeniable air of menace.”

Mobile Register (AL)

Select Directing Reviews

 

THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS

“[A] wonderful new production by stage director Mark Freiman… resulting in real Rossiniana and some hilarious bits of stage action. Actually, the fun began at the finale of Act I, when Freiman introduced some hilarious stage business that took the singers into a crazy wave (think sports waves) and made the audience laugh so hard it almost overpowered the singers. From there on, the schtick, which was carried out to a T by the performers, produced bust-a-gut laughter, the performers all seemed to be having a ball and the Rossini bubbles burst forth from the stage.”

June LeBell, Your Observer (Sarasota, FL)

 

“Mark Freiman’s production brought out the opera’s inherent comedy without stooping to slapstick for laughs. The Act 1 finale is a masterpiece of screwball comedy as each character becomes lost in confusion, expressed through perfectly synchronised sounds, contortion, and gyrations.”

Opera Now (England)

 

 

NABUCCO

“There’s not that much to be done dramatically with this static story, which can easily turn into little more than a series of static tableaux; stage director Mark Freiman made sure it was never dull and held our interest.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

LA BOHEME

“Mark Freiman created beautiful stage pictures and actions with his singers, ranging from humorous to heartbreaking. And Freiman’s handling of the huge Christmas Eve crowds in the Latin Quarter of Act 2, including children’s chorus, toy vendors and marching soldiers, was nothing short of brilliant.”

Your Observer (Sarasota, FL)

 

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

“Nickel City Opera is reaching toward new heights with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” This weekend’s production deserves a lot of Bravos…. [Freiman] added an unusual touch – a stunning silence as the Countess considered. That was beautifully finessed, and I ended the opera as you should with “Figaro” – with tears in my eyes.”

The Buffalo News

 

 

IL TROVATORE

“This was the company’s most fully successful production of a serious opera. The elaborate backstory requires a great deal of narration, a problem mitigated at Winter Opera by the singing and the direction. Director Mark Freiman accentuated the drama by having members of the ensemble act out scenes from the narrative on another part of the stage. Allowing the audience to see the drama as well as hear it was helpful. In addition, Freiman elicited highly involved performances from all the principals.”

HEC-TV(St. Louis)

 

 

TOSCA

“Mark Freiman’s direction was nicely attuned to the action and not too melodramatic. Freiman himself provided the finest acting in his subtle portrayal of the sacristan of the church in the opening scene.”

HEC-TV(St. Louis)

OPERATIC REPERTOIRE

BELLINI

NORMA

Stage Director


BIZET

CARMEN

THE PEARL FISHERS

Escamillo, Zuniga

Stage Director


BRITTEN

ALBERT HERRING

Superintendent Budd


DONIZETTI

THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT

DON PASQUALE
L’ELISIR D’AMORE
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR

Stage Director

Don Pasquale

Dr. Dulcamara

Raimondo


GOUNOD

FAUST

Mephistopheles


MENOTTI

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

THE SAINT OF BLEECKER STREET

King Melchior

Don Marco


MOORE

THE BALLAD OF BABY DOE

William Jennings Bryan, 4th Crony


MOZART

COSI FAN TUTTE
DON GIOVANNI
THE MAGIC FLUTE
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Don Alfonso, Stage Director

Don Giovanni, Leporello, Masetto, Commendatore

Papageno, Sarastro, Speaker, Stage Director

Figaro, Dr. Bartolo, Stage Director


OFFENBACH

THE TALES OF HOFFMANN

Four Villains, Stage Director


PERGOLESI

LA SERVA PADRONA

Stage Director


PUCCINI

LA BOHEME
GIANNI SCHICCHI

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

TOSCA
LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST

Colline, Benoit, Alcindoro, Stage Director

Gianni Schicchi, Simone

Bonze, Yamadori, Stage Director

Scarpia, Angelotti, Sacristan, Stage Director

Ashby


ROSSINI

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

CENERENTOLA
THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS

Dr. Bartolo, Don Basilio

Don Magnifico, Alidoro

Stage Director


J. STRAUSS

DIE FLEDERMAUS

Frank, Stage Director


VERDI

AIDA
UN BALLO IN MASCHERA

UN GIORNO DI REGNO

FALSTAFF
NABUCCO
OTELLO
RIGOLETTO
LA TRAVIATA

IL TROVATORE

Ramfis, Il Re
Sam, Tom
Tesoriere
Falstaff, Pistol
Stage Director
Lodovico, Stage Director
Sparafucile, Monterone, Ceprano, Marullo

Dr. Grenvil, Baron

Ferrando, Stage Director


Engaged By

Ash Lawn Opera (Virginia)
Caramoor Festival
Central City Opera
Colorado Symphony
Ft. Worth Opera
Green Mountain Opera Festival (Vermont)
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Metropolitan Opera Guild
MidAmerica Productions (Carnegie Hall)
Mobile Opera
National Chorale (Avery Fisher Hall)
Nashville Opera
National Philharmonic (Washington, DC)

New York City Opera Education Outreach
New York City Opera National Company

Nickel City Opera (Buffalo, NY)

Opera Saskatchewan
Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima (Peru)
Rockford Symphony (Illinois)
Sarasota Opera
St. Louis Symphony
Summer Opera Theatre (Washington, DC)
Tri-Cities Opera
Union Avenue Opera (St Louis)
Virginia Opera
Winter Opera St. Louis

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