Full Professional Specialist
Director of Opera Notre Dame
A. Mus. Doc. University of Michigan
M.M. University of Michigan
B.A. Columbia University
Office: 205 Crowley
Telephone: (574) 631-5125
The American tenor Mark Beudert first gained recognition while an undergraduate student at Columbia University in New York City. His last-minute substitution as Frederic in the New York Shakespeare Festival's famed production of The Pirates of Penzance opposite Kevin Kline earned him laudatory notices throughout the United States. After intensive study with Franco Corelli, (including study with Placido Domingo and Giuseppe di Stefano), Mr. Beudert won the Luciano Pavarotti Concorso Internazionale in 1986. He made critically acclaimed debuts that year at the Washington Opera (as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Nicholas McGegan conducting) and at New York City Opera, appearing both in New York and on tour in China in such roles as Alfredo in La traviata and the title roles in Candide and The Student Prince.
He made his international debut with The Lyric Opera of Queensland, scoring a personal success as Lt. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly opposite Jane Eaglen. He made his Scottish Opera debut in the title role in the Jonathan Miller’s production of Candide, the last staged version of this work supervised by Leonard Bernstein. This production later went to London's Old Vic Theater, where it won a number of Olivier Awards including Best Musical Production. He later returned to both Scottish Opera and the English National Opera as Sam Kaplan in the UK premiere of Kurt Weill's Street Scene, directed by David Poutney.
In 1990, Mr. Beudert commenced studies leading to a doctoral degree in Music at the University of Michigan under the direction of the distinguished tenor George Shirley. He continued his performing career during this time, appearing internationally in opera, oratorio, and on the concert stage. Highlights of this period include Tosca and La favorita with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the title role in Haydn's Lo speziale with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the title role of Gounod's Faust in Australia.
In 1996, he received his A. Mus Doc. degree, and since then has concentrated on both performance and teaching. Recent operatic performance highlights include Lensky in Evgenii Oniegin and Pinkerton in Ireland, the Portuguese premieres of Candide and Street Scene at Lisbon’s Teatro Sao Carlos, the Italian premiere of Street Scene at the Teatro Regio in Turin, the world premiere of Johanna Doderer's Die Fremde in Vienna, and Ades' Powder Her Face in Copenhagen, Rome, Zurich, with the Jerusalem Contemporary Orchestra, and at the Teatro San Carlo, Napoli. Frequent concert performances worldwide include the Verdi Requiem under the direction of Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival and recitals with Dalton Baldwin.
He has taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City, the University of Michigan (where he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Alumni Board of the School of Music, Theater, and Dance), the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and served as Artist-in-Residence at Oregon State University. In 2002, he became Director of Portland (OR) State University’s Bel Canto Northwest Vocal Institute, where he worked with an international faculty and student body in innovative educational productions of works from standard repertoire, the Baroque era, and more adventurous works. In 2007, Bel Canto’s production of Weill’s Down in the Valley and Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück appeared at the Kurt Weill-Festival in Dessau, Germany.
In 2006, he became Professor of Opera at the University of Notre Dame. His successful productions include Orphée aux enfers, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a reconstruction of Gounod’s original version of Faust, Béatrice et Bénédict, Les Contes d’Hoffman, and Le nozze di Figaro. In April of 2011, Opera Notre Dame will host a conference on “The Philosophy of Performance” concurrent with their production of Sweeney Todd; keynote speakers include musicologist Richard Taruskin and philosopher Peter Kivy.
Also in 2006, he became General Director of Eugene Opera in 2006, directing new productions of The Pirates of Penzance (the most successful production in the company’s history), Die Zauberflöte (also singing the role of Tamino from the pit when a colleague fell ill), Orphée aux enfers, Il Trovatore, and Faust. He returns to the stage in March 2011 to sing the role of Chairman Mao in the Eugene Opera premiere a new production of Nixon in China, the centerpiece of a month-long commemoration with the University of Oregon of the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s historic journey.
Dr. Beudert lives with his wife, Jennifer, Director of Notre Dame’s Robinson Community Learning Center, in Indiana, Oregon, and New York. They have three children, Katie (a student in the Masters program at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama) Sarah (a student in the Masters program in English at the University of Sussex), and Nicholas (a freshman in the Film Program at the Tisch School of New York University).