Native (Choctaw tribe) baritone Mark Billy is one of the most promising young baritones on the opera and concert stage today. During the 2019-20 season Mark was to sing the role of King’s Man in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of Edward Tulane, by Paola Prestini, due national pandemic cancellations this production was postponed to the 2021-2022 season. This summer Mr. Billy was to make his role and house debut at Mill City Summer Opera, singing Marullo in Katherine Carter’s production of Rigoletto as well as to cover the title role. Last October Mark joined the St. John’s Boys Choir to sing the role of Mega the Baker in Stephen Paulus’ opera The Star Gatherer. Mr. Billy was also the featured soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the St. Catherine Choral Society.
In 2019 Mr. Billy was a Young Artist with Hawaii Opera Theatre where he sang the role of Figaro in their touring production of The Barber of Seville on three different Hawaiian islands. Following the tour, the baritone made his debut in the role of Marchese in La Traviata on HOT’s main stage, where he also covered Quinn Kelsey in the role of Germont. Also in 2019, Mark was featured as Marchese in La Traviata on the mainstage at the Northern Lights Music Festival in the Iron Range of Minnesota.
In 2018 Mark was a Young Artist with Fargo Moorhead Opera singing Melisso in Handel’s Alcina, and appeared as a featured soloist with Minnesota Chorale (Messiah), the East Metro Symphony (Beethoven 9), and Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church (Duruflé Requiem). Mark was also First Place Winner in the 2018 Schubert Club Competition.
Hailing from Finley, Oklahoma, Mark’s undergraduate studies in voice at the University of Oklahoma were under the mentorship of baritone Richard Anderson. The baritone also studied with the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. Mark's graduate studies at Indiana University's Jacob School of Music and were with soprano Carol Vaness. Mark is also an accomplished clarinetist, having studied with David Etheridge at the University of Oklahoma. Currently Mark serves as a baritone/bass soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, as Cantor at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, as Soloist/Chorister at Minnesota Chorale, and is a member of Minnesota Opera Chorus.