Possessed of a rare high-tenor voice and a winning stage persona that comfortably embraces both comedic and dramatic roles, Marc Molomot enjoys an international career in opera and on the concert stage. Originally known for appearances with the world’s leading early music ensembles, and conductors including William Christie, John Eliot Gardiner, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott and Stephen Stubbs, he is now praised as “an excellent actor-singer” in repertoire of all eras.
Among baroque roles, his signature turn as the nurse Arnalta L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Early Music Vancouver “brought down the house” (Opera News), was hailed as “scene-stealing” (Vancouver Sun), and “touching and hilarious” (Opera Japonica). A 2012 production of Charpentier’s Orphée was “dominated by the wondrous high tenor of Marc Molomot.” The Chicago Tribune reviewer concluded that “it was hard to imagine French Baroque singing more beautifully or stylishly alive to music and text.” Other highlights include Orphée La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with the Haymarket Opera Company, Arnalta L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Iro Il ritorno d’Ulisse with Boston Baroque, Pygmalion with On Site Opera.
He also frequently ventures beyond the Baroque, most recently in a night of one-acts from Bard Music Festival as Udolin in Schubert’s Die Verschworenen and the title role in von Suppé’s Franz Schubert. His comedic talents were showcased with performances as Lord Cockburn Fra Diavolo at the Opéra Comique, Paris, at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie,Adolphe de Valladolid Les brigands at the Opéra de Toulon and the Opéra Comique, Menelaus La Belle Hélène at Portland Opera and as Le Fils Les mamelles de Tirésias at the Opéra de Lyon and, again, at the Opéra Comique. For Houston Symphony, he sang Der Hauptmann Wozzeck and at the Opéra national de Lyon, he has appeared as Arnalta L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Don Basilio Le nozze di Figaro and at San Francisco as Don Curzio Le nozze di Figaro, Goro Madama Butterfly and Fourth Jew Salome.
Premieres include Le Cochon in Jean-Marc Singier’s Chat perché at the Amphitheatre Bastille, Paris, reprised on a multi city tour of France and McPhee in Evan Ziporyn’s A House in Bali.
Known for his heartfelt portrayal of Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion with New York Collegium, Mr. Molomot’s exploration of the role continued with Andrew Parrott in Kraków and Tel Aviv, Other concert engagements have included J. S. Bach B Minor Mass with Philharmonia Baroque and Portland Baroque, Easter Oratorio with Apollo’s Fire, St John Passion with Soli Deo Gloria, Chicago, conducted by John Nelson, and St Matthew Passion with Tafelmusik Toronto, Handel Israel in Egypt with the New York Collegium, Mozart Coronation Mass with the American Classical Orchestra and Carmina Burana with the Houston, Kansas City, Omaha and Pacific Symphony Orchestras.
His recordings further include Charpentier’s Judicium Salomonis with Les Arts Florissants (Virgin Classics), Handel’s Acis and Galatea with Les Boréades de Montréal (Atma CD), Lully’s Thesée with the Boston Early Music Festival (cpo CD), Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Apollo’s Fire (Eclectra CD) and, most recently released, Wozzeck with Houston Symphony (Naxos CD) and Il ritorno d’Ulisse with Boston Baroque (Linn CD).
Current engagements include Truffaldino in Busoni’s Turandot at Bard Summerscape, The Fairy Queen with Chicago Opera Theatre and Long Beach Opera, Bach – Sacred and Profane with the Four Nations Ensemble and Magnificats by J. S. Bach and Telemann with the Israel Camerata.
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The Fairy Queen / Chicago Opera Theater
"The nucleus around which the supercharged particles of this Fairy Queen whirred was the Puck of tenor Marc Molomot…he conquered every challenge, singing attractively even when burdened with ridiculous stage business…he inhabited the rôle and his music from the heels of his cordovan loafers to his neon-pink hair. The tenor’s voicings of ‘Come, all ye songsters of the sky’ and the epithalamium ‘Thrice happy lovers’ were the performance’s finest instances of Purcellian vocal authenticity. Singing, dancing, joking, hectoring, reduced to his undershirt and jockey shorts, Molomot never succumbed to superfluity. In a production with much to offend, his multifaceted Puck indelibly made amends.”
Voix des Arts
The Fairy Queen / Long Beach Opera
“It is Puck who undergoes the most touching transformation. Moreover, the example of a brilliantly Falstaffian performance by French tenor Marc Molomot seems to lift the level of everyone around him.”
Los Angeles Times
Lord Cockburn: Fra Diavolo / Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège
“Marc Molomot and a hilarious Doris Lamprecht were excellent as the English couple, Lord Cockburn and Lady Pamela.”
Arnalta: L’Incoronazione di Poppea / Opéra national de Lyon
“…an excellent actor-singer, capable of conveying derision as well as murmuring his lullaby to make it the emotional heart of the opera.”
Iro: Il ritorno d’Ulisse / Boston Baroque
“The rest of the cast was impeccable with standouts including (i.a) Marc Molomot’s loathsomely funny Iro.”
Boston Classical Review
“…played and sung to the hilt by Marc Molomot.”
The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Iro: Il ritorno d’Ulisse / Linn CD
“…the parasitical glutton Iro, Marc Molomot, is characterised vividly…”
Don Basilio: Le nozze di Figaro / Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
“Marc Molomot was a hilarious, preposterous Don Basilio.”
San Francisco Chronicle
Pygmalion / On Site Opera
“In the title role Marc Molomot embodied a gently forlorn quality that matched his impeccably stylish singing.”
McPhee: A House in Bali / Cal Performances
“… rapturously sung by Marc Molomot”
Wall Street Journal
Berg Wozzeck (Role of Der Hauptmann)
Anne Schwanewilms, Gordon Gietz, Robert McPherson, Roman Trekel, Nathan Berg
Houston Symphony Orchestra / Hans Graf
Naxos CD 8660390-91
Charpentier Judicium Salomonis
Les Arts Florissants / William Christie
Virgin Classics CD 0946 359294
Handel Acis and Galatea (role of Damon)
Suzie LeBlanc, Mark Bleeke, Nathaniel Watson
Les Boréades de Montréal / Eric Milnes
Atma CD ACD 22302
Lully Thesée (roles of Bacchus / Spirit)
Ellen Hargis, Laura Pudwell, Howard Crook, Harry van der Kamp
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus / Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs
cpo CD CPO 777240-2
Monteverdi L’Orfeo (roles of Apollo / Shepherd)
Sandra Simon, Meredith Hall, Gareth Morell
Apollo’s Fire / Jeannette Sorrell
Eclectra Records CD 0659682205229
Monteverdi Il ritorno d’Ulisse (role of Iro)
Jennifer Rivera, Krista River, Leah Wool, Daniel Auchincloss,
Fernando Guimarães, Owen McIntosh
Linn CD CKD 451