Marcus King is a graduate with a bachelor's degree in Music Education, cum laude, and a masters in Vocal performance from the University of Memphis. In January 2009, he portrayed the role of Zodzetrick in Opera Memphis's production of Treemonisha. In the summer of 2009, he premiered the John Baur opera Magdala at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY in the role of St. Peter. He also participated in the AIMS program in Graz Austria where he made it to the finals of the annual Aims Meistersinger Competition. In 2013 he made his European debut in Norfolk, England as Demetrius in the Yorke Trust Summer Opera production of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and in 2014 rejoined the company as Ubalde in Gluck’s Armide. Last year he joined the Opera Memphis Midtown Opera Festival as Mr. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium and returned this year in the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. In December of 2014, he traveled to Japan as a soloist in the New York based professional touring group, D&P Joubert LLC/ The Glory Gospel Singers. This summer he will be a young artist in residence for the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre. There he will cover the roles of Jake in Porgy and Bess, and Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime. He will perform the roles of Guccio in Gianni Schicchi and Stevedore in Il Tabarro.
The greatest hindrance to becoming an official barihunk is his love for sugar cookies and collard greens.