The English tenor, Mark Dobell, was a choral scholar of Clare College, Cambridge, where he read Classics. He later studied as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tuition of Edward Brooks and Iain Ledingham, where he was awarded the Clifton Prize for the best final recital.
Mark Dobell has worked as a soloist throughout Europe and North America with world-renowned conductors including Harry Christophers, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington and James MacMillan. His extensive concert and oratorio repertoire includes many of the major works of George Frideric Handel, J.S. Bach and W.A. Mozart, as well as pieces by composers as varied as Monteverdi, Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, Benjamin Britten and Karl Jenkins. Recent concert highlights include performances of J. Haydn’s Nelson Mass under Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Athens, J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Barcelona for Harry Christophers and G.F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt in Vienna (both for Harry Christophers), Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Biber’s Requiem at the Queen Elizabeth Hall for Paul McCreesh, and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Even mecent highlights include performances of James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Monteverdi’s Vespers in Birmingham Town Hall and London’s Cadogan Hall, B. Britten’s St Nicolas in St Albans Abbey, Heinrich Schütz’ Christmas Story at St John’s Smith Square in London, J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) in Cuenca, Pamplona and Santiago, and G.F. Handel’s Messiah at the Palace of Versailles. In 2011 he performed W.A. Mozart's Requiem at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, and J.S. Bach’s St John Passion (BWV 245) at the Barbican and Westminster Abbey.
On stage, Mark Dobell’s roles include Male Chorus in B. Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Ferrando in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte, Basilio and Don Curzio in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and Doubek in Janacek’s Osud and Acis in G.F. Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
Equally established as a consort singer, Mark Dobell has performed both both at home and abroad with many leading choirs and consort groups, such as, the Monteverdi Choir (Director: John Eliot Gardiner), The Cardinall’s Musick, I Fagiolini and The King’s Consort (Director: Robert King). He is a member of The Sixteen (Director: Harry Christophers), The Tallis Scholars (Director: Peter Phillips), the Orlando Consort (since March 2003) and the Westminster Abbey Choir (since September 2006).