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Biography in English for tenor Mark Van Arsdale.

American tenor Mark Van Arsdale is garnering critical acclaim as “a sensitive tenor with an impeccable tone” (L’Alsace), complete with a “fine musicality” (Boston Globe). 

This season, Mr. Van Arsdale portrays Adam and his fall from grace in the German premiere of Paradise Reloaded by Peter Eötvös at the Theater Chemnitz. He returns to the Opéra national du Rhin for two productions, marking his 15th role with the company as the Bresilian in a new production of Offenbach’s La vie parisienne. He makes his debut singing the song cycle Les Illuminations with the Orchestre de Poitou-Charentes.

Mark Van Arsdale’s 2013-2014 season began with his role debut as Ramiro in La cenerentola in Strasbourg. His performance as tenor soloist in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with the Strasbourg Ballet was broadcast internationally on France 3 television.  He also portrayed Saladin in a new production of Ali Baba at the Opéra Comique in Paris, and made his debut with the Strasbourg Symphony singing Mozart’s Requiem.

Excelling in Mozart repertoire, Mr. Van Arsdale performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni at the 2009 Tanglewood Festival under the direction of Maestro James Levine. His Tamino in Die Zauberflöte has been heard numerous times, including in Strasbourg and Paris, as well as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Sedières Festival and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.

In the baroque repertoire, Mark Van Arsdale made his Austrian debut as Lurcanio in Ariodante at the Salzburger Landestheater. In concert, he performed Handel’s Messiah with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Lafayette Bach Chorale, Bach’s Magnificat with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Solomon, Schubert’s Mass in C Major, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and Charpentier’s Te Deum. Other concert performances include Obadiah in Elijah and Britten’s War Requiem with the Indiana University Symphony and Chorus. 

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Mr. Van Arsdale received his vocal training from Northwestern University and Indiana University, as well as the Tanglewood and Opera Theatre of St. Louis young artist programs, before moving to France to become a Studio Artist with the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg. He has returned repeatedly as a guest artist to the house, and has now performed over 15 roles there, including, among others, Ernesto  in Don Pasquale, Alberto in L’occasione fa il ladro, the Nadir in Ali Baba ou les quarante voleurs, Bois-Rosé  in Les Huguenots and Marcellus in Hamlet.

American tenor Mark Van Arsdale distinguished himself with his vocal ease and clarity of timbre while facing formidable pages of music where most tenors find themselves in difficulty: the virtuosic arias “Tu vivi” and “Il tuo sangue” were executed disconcertingly easily, even more so in the da capo! What breath!
— ResMusica