S. Mark Aliapoulios, baritone, made his debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall on the same concert as acclaimed cellist, Yo Yo Ma, and has appeared as guest soloist with such highly acclaimed organizations as THE BOSTON SYMPHONY, THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA, THE PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY, THE PORTLAND SYMPHONY, THE VERMONT SYMPHONY, THE HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY, THE MARK MORRIS DANCE COMPANY, THE TANGLEWOOD FESTIVAL CHORUS, THE BOSTON BALLET ORCHESTRA, THE LONGWOOD SYMPHONY, as well as THE OPERA COMPANY OF BOSTON, THE BOSTON LYRIC OPERA, PALM BEACH OPERA, THE MIAMI BACH SOCIETY, FESTIVAL MIAMI and THE FLORIDA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CHORUS among others. As a soloist, he has sung under the batons of leading international conductors Leonard Slatkin, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Mazur, Eric Leinsdorf, Lucas Foss, Sarah Caldwell, Jonathan McPhee, Jaime Laredo and Robert Shaw. In 1990 he made his Japanese debut in Handel’s Messiah with the SHINSEI NIPPON SYMPHONY.
Mr. Aliapoulios is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he served as Chair of Vocal Studies 2002-2006. The last four years he served on the faculty of Florida International University in Miami, where The FIU Concert Choir, under his baton, was selected to perform in January 2014 for the Opening General Session of the Florida Music Educators State Convention. Also under his direction, the Concert Choir recorded Orlando Garcia’s Auschwitz (“nunca se olvidaràn”) which was nominated for a Latin Grammy this fall on the Toccata Classics label. Mr. Aliapoulios spent the 2010-2011 academic year as a Visiting Associate Professor of Voice at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music and from 2011-2013 served on the faculties of Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Atlantic University. His responsibilities included: Director of FIU Concert Choir, Studio Voice Instruction, Vocal Pedagogy, Opera Workshop, and Jazz Vocal Ensemble. Since the fall of 2004, he has served as the thirteenth Artistic Director of THE CHORAL SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES. In the summer of 2009 he joined the conducting faculty of THE NEW ENGLAND MUSIC CAMP in Sidney, Maine and returns this summer as the Musical Director for the Camp’s Music Theatre Program. He is also currently the Director of Music Ministries at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in West Palm Beach Florida. From 2006-2010 he served as the Director of Vocal Arts at THE KING’S ACADEMY in West Palm Beach, Florida.
An advocate of new music, Mr. Aliapoulios has premiered works composed expressly for him by Boston’s Daniel Pinkham and New York’s Kenneth Fuchs. He created the role of “Cadmos” in the 1995 world premiere of The Bacchae by Theodore Antoniou at the Athens Festival in Greece. He also sang the role of “The Father” in the world premiere of The Juniper Tree” by Phillip Glass at the American Repertory Theatre and created the role of “Creon” in the world premiere of Medea by Ray Luke. (This under the auspices of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant). Other opera firsts include roles in the Sarah Caldwell production of Taverner by Peter Maxwell Davies and Ascona by Newell Hendricks. In the traditional opera repertoire, he has sung leading roles in Madama Butterfly, Der Freishütz, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, Dialogues des Carmélites, Der Fledermaus, and Werther. Two consecutive fellowships to the Tanglewood Music Center resulted in his receiving the Gustav Golden Award. Competition credits include: First Prize in the Opera Company of Boston Auditions, National Third Prize in the NATS Artist Awards, International Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti/Philadelphia Opera Competition, and Prize Winner and Finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation Awards in New York City. Mr. Aliapoulios was the principal baritone for Opera to Go (winners of the 1989 General Electric National Artists Awards), and for The American VocalArts Quintet (second prize winners in the 1987 Concert Artists Guild Competition) with whom he has recorded on the Titanic label.
Mr. Aliapoulios is a regular clinician and adjudicator for voice and choral festivals held around the country by: PERFORMING ARTS CONSULTANTS and OVATION FESTIVALS (New Jersey), as well as MUSIC FESTIVALS INC., HERITAGE FESTIVALS, GATEWAY FESTIVALS, MUSIC FESTIVALS USA, and THE FLORIDA VOCAL ASSOCIATION, among others.