“Marcus Nance gives the production’s standout performance as the corrupt Judge Turpin: with his stunning singing voice and commanding physical presence, he is horribly convincing as a man who aborts justice and tramples morality…”
Marcus Nance is equally at home in theatre, opera, concert, and cabaret. The New York Times described him as “a thrillingly powerful bass-baritone” while Backstage New York says he “has a bass that flows like melted butter”.
New York audiences saw Marcus Nance on Broadway as Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, in Baz Luhrman’s Tony Award winning production of La Boheme, in New York City Centre ENCORES! productions of Kismet and Of Thee I Sing, as Alidoro in Cenerentola with New York City Opera and in concert at the Metropolitan Room.
Presently, he can be seen as Judge Turpin in the Shaw Festival’s production of Sweeney Todd where the Toronto Star proclaimed that he “gives the production’s standout performance as the corrupt Judge Turpin: with his stunning singing voice and commanding physical presence, he is horribly convincing as a man who aborts justice and tramples morality…”.
He has spent six seasons at the prestigious Stratford Festival where his assignments have included Chaiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Queequeg in Morris Panych’s Moby Dick, Rev. J.D. Montgomery in My One and Only and Mingo in Crazy For You. For the Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops, BC and the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, he moved audiences with his emotional portrayal of the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Other regional credits include the Sultan in Aladdin, King Triton in The Little Mermaid and the Mikado in The Mikado for Drayton Entertainment, Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for Stage West, and Dr. Hazlett/Reporter in Floyd Collins and Mike/Earnest in Pal Joey for the Shaw Festival.
Marcus Nance garnered international attention as Malcolm in the world premiere of Atom Egoyan’s Elsewhereless with Tapestry New Opera Works which earned him a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Most Outstanding Male Performer in a Musical. For Queen of Puddings Music Theatre he created the role of Moses in the world premiere of the epic opera Beatrice Chancy, performing alongside opera superstar Measha Bruggergosman. His other opera credits include Porgy in excerpts from Porgy and Bess with the Toronto Symphony, Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Tacoma Opera, Compere in Four Saints in Three Acts with Chicago Opera Theatre and an array of interesting roles and concerts with Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Chautauqua Opera, Vancouver New Music, The National Arts Centre, Shreveport Opera, Ash-Lawn-Highland Summer Festival, Natchez Opera Festival, Orchestra London, Victoria Symphony, North York Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Fairbanks Festival Orchestra, Windsor Symphony, the Monterey Bay Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Expanding further his creativity and artistic horizons, Marcus Nance made his film debut as the Singing Accountant in Mel Brooke’s feature film The Producers starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. He has also appeared in cabaret at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro, the Metropolitan Room in New York City, Stratford Summer Music, the Elora Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and as a regular guest with the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra
- The Toronto Star
“Marcus Nance booms with a thrillingly powerful bass-baritone as Caiaphas.”The New York Times
“What the audience gave its greatest ovation to was a controlled and heartfelt performance by Nance… with his bass baritone beautifully caressing the melody…”All About Jazz.com
“…Marcus Nance a Caiaphas who sounds thrilling basso notes beneath what might have been thought humanly possible.”The National Post
“Marcus Nance’s glorious baritone makes a perfect Caiaphas.”New York 1