Mark Chaundy was raised in Wales, studied music at Oxford and singing at the Royal College of Music supported by The Countess of Munster and The Arts Council of Wales. He continues to study with Joy Mammen.
In 2001 Mark was selected to be a Vocal Fellow at Tanglewood Music Centre and in 2004 was selected to take part in the Operalia competition in Los Angeles where he sang for Placido Domingo. In October 2005 he was announced as one of the first recipients of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship enabling regular lessons with Dennis O’Neil, and in 2006 became a Samling Scholar. He has twice been a finalist in the Young Welsh Singers Competition performing live on BBC radio and television and also won the National Federation of Music Societies Award. Most recently he was featured in BBC Radio 4’s Changing Voices programme.
For Glyndebourne Tour he has sung 1st Trojan Man in Idomeneo and Giuseppe in La Traviata and several roles during the Scottish Opera Essential spring tour. Mark was an Associate Artist with Welsh National Opera and sang Roderigo in Otello in the WNO Millenium opening gala conducted by Carlo Rizzi. Other appearances include Adonis in Blow's Venus and Adonis for the Benslow Music Trust, Bajazet in Tamerlano and Lurcanio in Ariodante for Cambridge Handel Opera Group, Don Jose in Carmen for Opera Project, Alvarez in Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue and Courier in La fanciulla del West for Grange Park Opera, Egeo in Cavalli’s Giasone for the Early Opera Company. Kudrjash (cover) in Káťa Kabanová for Opera North, Don José in Carmen for Opera Project, Lurcanio in Ariodante for Cambridge Handel Opera Group and Tenor 1 (cover) in Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins for The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.
Concert appearances include the Wigmore Hall with The Wallace Collection, Seven Deadly Sins with Cleo Laine, Messiah with the CBSO at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Brubeck’s La Fiesta de la Posada at the Barbican Centre, Haydn's Creation with the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead and Mozart Requiem with the Britten Sinfonia in Kings College Chapel. Mark is also a keen recitalist and has appeared at St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, the Wigmore Hall with the Samling Foundation, the Ludlow English Song Weekend with Iain Burnside, in a Britten programme with Roger Vignoles, and has worked with Ned Rorem on a performance of his songs at Tanglewood.
Recordings include Durufle’s Messe Cum Jubilo for Harmonia Mundi.
Recent operatic performances include Steersman (cover) The Flying Dutchman for ENO, staged performances of Carissimi’s Jephte for the Spitalfields Festival, Aminta Handel’s Atalanta for Cambridge Handel Opera and recent concert performances include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at St Albans Abbey, Verdi Requiem at Truro Cathedral and Mozart Requiem at The Royal Festival Hall.
He is a member of Singer’s Direct and lives in West Ealing with many books, an old piano and three chickens. He marks his fourth year as BCI faculty in Budapest. www.markchaundy.com