Markel Reed, a native of Charlotte, N.C., has been featured in various concerts and recitals throughout the U.S., Canada and in Europe. His repertoire includes: Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni, Morales in Carmen, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and John Sorel in The Consul.
As a passionate conveyor of the operatic repertoire, Mr. Reed has established himself as a wonderful interpreter of the standard works of Classical and Romantic Composers, along with expanding into the realm of new operatic works.
In the Summer of 2019, he originated the role of “Chester” in Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed opera Fire Shut up in my Bones with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
“Markel Reed is both sinister and alluring as Chester, the cousin at the root of Charles' suppressed troubles.” - Jay Harvey Upstage
“[baritone] Markel Reed displays the deceptive geniality of cousin Chester in public settings as well as his insidious character in a private encounter with Char-es- Baby.” - Ladue News
As a member of Utah Opera’s Resident Artist Program (2015-17), Mr. Reed performed the roles of Masetto in Don Giovanni, Dancaïre in Carmen, Kromov in The Merry Widow and covered the role of Brian Castner in Jeremy Howard Beck's The Long Walk. Mr. Reed was featured in an original miniature opera revue as part of the collaboration between Utah Opera, local composers of Utah and story tellers of Salt Lake City's The Bee, entitled "Operas on the Hive" where his performance was praised:
" [Mr. Reed] delighted the crowd with his musical and dramatic expression, and he landed the story's punchline like an Olympic gymnast."- The Salt Lake Tribune
Prior to his residency with Utah Opera, Mr. Reed was a young artist of the Kentucky Opera Studio Artist program during the 2014-15 season where he was featured in the role of Count Paris. He has also performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Bronx Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opera Louisiane and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.
Markel Reed pursued his Bachelors of Music Performance at Oakwood University and is an alumnus of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre program.