Mark S. Doss

Mark S. Doss

December 06, 2012 09:56 ET

Grammy Award Winner Mark S. Doss Returns to Chicago as Soloist in the Do-It-Yourself Messiah

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2012) - World renowned opera star Mark S. Doss is returning as the bass soloist in Chicago's holiday tradition, Handel's Do-It-Yourself Messiah. Celebrating its 36th year, performances will be held on Monday, December 17, 2012 and Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Harris Theatre in Chicago's famous Millennium Park.

"The Do-It-Yourself Messiah creates a magical start to my holiday season," says the Grammy Award winning bass-baritone. "It is an honor to be invited back year-after-year as I share the stage with such an incredibly talented conductor, soloists, and volunteer orchestra musicians. Chicago's holiday tradition of performing the Do-It-Yourself Messiah has become a holiday tradition of mine as well."

Chicago is proud to think of Mark S. Doss as one of its own. After studying at Indiana University with Walter Cassel and Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, he became an apprentice artist with the Santa Fe Opera, which led to him becoming a member of what was formerly known as Chicago's Lyric Opera Center for American Artists. He has since delighted Chicago audiences for more than a quarter century, including performances in 10 seasons at Lyric, most notably singing the roles of Alidoro in La Cenerentola (Cinderella), Cinque in Amistad, and Escamillo in Carmen. In addition to past performances of Messiah, Mr. Doss was also featured with the Chicago Symphony in the title role of Anthony Davis' opera X (The Life and Times of Malcolm X).

Following the Do-It-Yourself Messiah in Chicago, Mr. Doss will kick-off the New Year by performing in a double bill of Janacek's Sarka and Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana in the roles of Premysl and Alfio at the Teatro de La Maestranza in Seville, Spain, followed by the title role in the Teatro Comunale di Bologna's production of The Flying Dutchman (March), Amonasro in Aida at the San Diego Opera (April), and The Four Villains in The Tales of Hoffmann with Tokyo's New National Theatre Foundation (November).

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Originally intended as an Easter oratorio, Handel's Messiah tells the story of Jesus' birth and life. Over the years, however, it has become more popularly associated with Christmas. The "do-it-yourself" idea was born at a small church in rural England more than 30 years ago and was first staged in Chicago in 1976. Audience members are seated according to voice range (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and sing with a full orchestra and four soloists.


Mark S. Doss is a celebrated bass-baritone whose accomplishments include a Grammy Award (1993) for his work on the recording of Semele (Handel), and numerous engagements with the famous Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Mr. Doss began his musical studies to aid in his ambitions to become a Catholic priest, but instead found opera to be his true calling. He has since emerged as one of the opera world's leading singers.

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