Tenor Mark Jurgenson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa as a graduate of the class of 2007. During his time there Mark received scholarship honors as well
as several placement finishes in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, culminating in a First Prize in 2006. With the UNI Lyric Opera, Mark appeared as "Betto"
in Gianni Schicci.
In 2007 Mark began the first of several associations with the Italian Operatic Experience in Urbania, Italy. Performing for 3 consecutive years, first reprising his role as "Betto" before moving into fuller baritone literature with "Marcello" in Puccini's La Boheme, and finally a turn as "Belcore" in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. These summers afforded Mark an opportunity to study with tenor Michael Best, as well as master classes with Rossini Festival conductor Lanfranco Marceletti, and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Judith Haddon. During this time, Mark also performed regularly with the opera chorus at Opera Colorado in Denver, taking advantage of opportunities to learn from Chicago Lyric Opera and English National Opera Conductor Stephen Lord, and Central City director and artistic administrator John Baril.
In 2011 Mr. Jurgenson received his Masters of Music from The Chicago College of the Performing Arts in Chicago, IL where he studied under renowned Metropolitan Opera Baritone Richard Stilwell. During that time, he cultivated a connection with various local musical organizations with the intent of fostering outreach and growth in opera through accessible performance. While in Chicago Mr. Jurgenson also had the opportunity to learn from great masters in singing, including Joyce DiDonato, and Samuel Ramey.
In 2012 Mark was invited to attend the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar, in Weimar Germany, Directed by Mr. Damon Nestor Ploumis. Over the course of the next 3 summer sessions Mark performed numerous roles in a study of Mozart operas, first as Papageno and Der Sprecher, in two separate productions of Die Zauberflöte, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Masetto in Don Giovanni. Mark also served as the programs chief technical assistant and logistical advisor. Electing to remain in Germany, and cultivate a European career, he took advantage of an intensive preparatory course in the German language, eventually achieving fluency. During his time in Germany, Mark took positions in Opera Houses throughout Germany. Affiliated with the ZAV Artist agency, from 2014-2016 Mark served as a fixed chorister with the Landestheather Neustrelitz, serving in many capacities as a performer for the company.
Since 2014 Mark has embarked on a journey into the Tenor Fach. As a result of this switch, Mark has enjoyed roles with numerous groups and houses in Berlin and the surrounding area. Among these, Don Ottavio, in Don Giovanni with the Greek opera studio at the Festival of the Aegean. "Le Chevalier" in Dialogues of the Carmelites, "Nemorino" in L'Elisir d'Amore, and "TanzMeister/Brighella" in Ariadne auf Naxos. In the Fall of 2016 Mark had the opportunity to perform the title role in a production of Alexander von Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg with the Junge Oper Berlin. Through 3 runs and nearly 60 performances, this production stood out in the Berlin area as a popular artistic highlight in the fall of 2016-2017.
In the early Spring of 2018 Mr. Jurgenson returned to North America and a developing voice studio in Peterborough, Ontario. A short distance from performing opportunities in Toronto, as
well as smaller projects in the greater Kawartha Lakes region. Developing strong connections with area schools, organizing events and classes to improve area musical education for Ontario's
communities. He also took a turn as Don Ottavio, in Mozart's Don Giovanni with Opera York in the Toronto area.
Through Mark's many experiences both abroad and closer to home, Mark chose in the Fall of 2019 to return to UNI's music education program. Mr. Jurgenson is seeking to fulfill the requirements for Teacher licensure in the state of Iowa. He hopes to help the next generation to become literate in the musical arts. Following successful completion of these studies in the spring of 2020, Mark plans to complete a practicum in central Italy.
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