Marc Abbott, baritone

Biography

MARC ABBOTT, baritone, grew up singing in church choirs in Phoenix, Arizona (not completely willingly, at first…). After starting his Plebe - a.k.a. Freshman - year as a cadet of the United States Military Academy at West Point, he successfully auditioned for the West Point Glee Club as a means of getting out of afternoon parade practice. With the Glee Club, he sang in venues such as Alice Tully Hall of New York City’s Lincoln Center, and recorded the album Stand Ye Steady: Songs of Courage and Inspiration (2005). After changing majors to Information Technology, there wasn’t enough time for singing and graduating, so his major took precedence for a few years while he studied computer science and cybersecurity - culminating in a 2009 victory over Navy during the Cyber Defense Exercise and an appearance on the front page of the New York Times. He then graduated from the Academy with a Bachelor of Science and received a commission as an officer in the United States Army in 2009.

After completing military service, he moved to the Washington, DC area and began performing with the Northern Virginia Institute Choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In more than one performance, after an unknown audience member approached him to ask if he’d been taking voice lessons, he decided to pursue solo voice studies in 2013. A fellow choir member introduced him to Dr. Harry Dunstan of the American Center for Puccini Studies, and he performed in multiple operas over the years with the Center, including Baron Pictordu in Viardot’s Cendrillon, Guglielmo Wulf in Puccini’s Le Villi and Michele in Il tabarro (and as Scarpia in a cancelled production of Tosca), the Magistrate and the title in several productions of Thomas Pasatieri’s Signor Deluso, and Herr Colas in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne. He also won the role of St. Thomas in the 2014 production of Savior of the World at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center, reprising the role in 2015. Despite the busy life of a software engineer, Marc has also developed into a true Verdi Baritone with an impressive range and a pronounced squillo; he regularly sing whole roles from Verdi’s repertoire during private lessons.

His technical work has kept him busy over the years, working at multiple levels for the US Federal Government as a civilian and contractor, and then relocating to Utah in 2021. His expertise with computers and modern technology is extensive, and he even took the time to design the website you are now reading. He is a part-time copyeditor; his last big project was typesetting and proofreading his wife’s dissertation and rendering it in LaTeX. He loves cooking Italian food from scratch, using the old world methods; he loves rock climbing; he’s a world traveler, having visited 11 countries on three continents; and he’s slowly catching up on all those languages opera singers are supposed to learn.

He met Jacquelyn Abbott (née Mouritsen) in 2017, married her in 2019, and they’ve been singing together ever since.

Education

  • June 2013 - December 2020 - Private Vocal Instruction, Dr. Harry Dunstan, Arcadia Vocal Academy / American Center for Puccini Studies, Derwood, Maryland

  • May, 2009 - Bachelor of Science, Information Technology with Honors, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Roles

RoleProductionComposerDate
ScarpiaToscaPuccini(prepared, production cancelled)
MicheleIl tabarroPucciniJanuary 2018
Guglielmo WulfLe VilliPucciniDecember 2016
Herr ColasBastien und BastienneMozart(multiple productions) 2016-2018
Le baron PictorduCendrillonViardot(multiple productions) 2014-2018
St. ThomasSavior of the World (Wash. DC version)Scott Knell, ed.March 2014 & March 2015
Gorgibus; MagistrateSignor DelusoThomas Pasatieri2014

Selected Arias and Scenes

AriaOperaComposer
Act II (entire)La traviataVerdi
Dagli immortali verticiAttilaVerdi
Il balen del suo sorrisoIl trovatoreVerdi
Eri tu che macchiaviUn ballo in mascheraVerdi
Cortigiani, vil razza dannataRigolettoVerdi
Pari siamoRigolettoVerdi
Questo amor vergogna miaEdgarPuccini
Cruda, funesta smaniaLuci di LammermoorDonizetti
Sì puo? (prologue)PagliacciLeoncavallo
Rivolgete a lui lo sguardoCosì fan tutteMozart
Hai gia vinta la causaLe nozze di FigaroMozart

Employment History

  • January 2021 - Present - Owner and Co-Founder / Voice Instructor, JM Abbott Music, Cache Valley, Utah
  • September 2021 - Present - Associate Instructor of Voice, Utah State University, Logan, Utah
  • January 2021 - Present - Senior Cybersecurity Engineer, Space Dynamics Laboratory, North Logan, Utah
  • January 2016 - December 2020 - Software Engineer, Contractor for US Federal Gov’t, Greater Washington, DC Area
  • October 2011 - December 2015 - Software Engineer, US Federal Government, Greater Washington, DC Area
  • May 2009 - October 2011 - First Lieutenant, United States Army - Department of EECS, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York

Professional Skills

  • Programming Languages - C/C++ (Windows and Linux), Python, LaTeX
  • Technologies - VMWare / vSphere suite, Atlassian suite, Visual Studio, Git, CMake
  • Foreign Languages - French and Italian at a basic level (reading)
  • Soft Skills - Teaching, presenting, public speaking

Awards

  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Army Achievement Medal (2 awards)
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal