MARK JANICELLO -
Singer, Actor, Author, Poet, Painter, Producer, Director, Columnist and Lyricist.
These are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the multi-
Born in New York, Mark decided at the tender age of 3 that he would be an artist and he's been onstage ever since. His first stage appearance (at 4 years old) was as soloist in his grandfather's church in Brooklyn, NY.
Mark has played leading roles in over 23 Musicals, 30 Operas, 12 Plays, 16 Films (including smaller roles in: "Married to the Mob" with Michelle Pfeiffer, "84 Charing Cross Road" with Anne Bancroft and the leading roles in the Independent Films "Mozzarella" and “All My Love.” Additionally, he has recorded 31 CDs and appeared innumerable times on television all over the world.
SINGER: At the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (Bachelor of Music 1984) Mark began his study to become a professional opera singer. Under the patronage of Licia Albanese, he continued his studies in New York as a Puccini Foundation Prizewinner, studying with the legendary opera singers Franco Corelli und Margaret Harshaw.
In 1990, while he was practicing his operatic arias in the New York Subways, Mark was discovered by a famous opera conductor, who just happened to be passing by. Shortly thereafter, Mark made his Carnegie Hall Debut as Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux" with the Opera Orchestra of New York under the direction of Maestra Eve Queler.
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PERFORMER In 1992, Mark bet on his creative instincts and
ACTOR: Janicello always believed that “to sing believably, one had to act as well.” He began intensive acting training during his university years, and continued for 10 further years of private study in New York with William Wendt, a member of the New York's famed Actor's Studio. His years of study and practice paid off, for from the beginning of his career, Janicello has moved effortlessly between singing and acting jobs. Some of his favorite parts have included: Tito Mirelli in “Lend Me A Tenor”; a very clumsy superhero (DWI Man!!) in a series of commercials for the Dutch Government (in Dutch), and an american Army General in the computer game “Fate By Numbers.” In 2012, Janicello played a leading role in a new german TV Series “Desperate Fathers” (in German), and his latest film project “All My Love” has been nominated for a 2013 “best short film” award at the Amsterdam ShortCutz Festival.
AUTHOR: In April 2011, Mark's critically-
POET: At age 21, Mark began keeping a journal of his experiences as a young actor in New York. A collection of Mark's poetry and essays "Unsaid" is available online HERE.
CONCERT AND EVENT PROMOTER / PRODUCER: His second career as Concert Producer/Promoter began in 1996 with the Concert Events "ELVIS: The Hollywood Years" celebrating the music of legendary Elvis Composer Ben Weisman in Gstaad and Zurich, Switzerland. In 1998, he founded LaRaven Productions (named after his 2 daughters, Lara und Raven). LaRaven Productions was incorporated in Amsterdam, in August 2004. For a complete list of Mark's Concert Programs, click HERE.
PAINTER: In his youth, Mark was a passionate painter and graphic artist. Since 2001, he has renewed his childhood interest in painting. An autodidact, he has undertaken his work in this artistic discipline with the same explosive energy with which he endeavors everything else and the results speak for themselves. From his first collection of paintings entitled “Erotic Flowers・ until his most recent exhibition, "Abstract Reality" anicello has enjoyed 11 successful, international exhibitions (Vienna and Steyr, Austra; Amsterdam, Haarlem and Diemen, The Netherlands; Bayreuth, Germany and Z・ich, Switzerland). To see Mark's paintings, visit the Online Artist's Gallery.
GALLERY OWNER: In November 2011, Mark was approached by a real estate agency in Amsterdam and offered
what they called “ a very problematic building.” Herengracht 132, was a historic building in Amsterdam’s Canal District that had been devastated in a gigantic fire 3 years earlier.
It had stood empty for more than two years, after squatters had been removed. It’s once-
During it's 6 months on Herengracht, Gallery LaRaven welcomed more than 4,500 visitors and
received international press
attention. Mark is continuing his Gallery LaRaven Concept renovating abandoned
buildings to create “pop-
AUTHOR: “The Chamäleon Concert” coincided with Mark's first
work as Musical Producer. In the intervening years, he has written, directed and produced the following original musicals: "The Chamäleon Concert" (1998). It was followed by "Be My Love: The Mario Lanza Musical" (1999); "Charlie" (2001) & (2004); and "ELVIS: Die Show, Sein Leben" (2002-
A FEW CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Recording with Frank Sinatra (an unreleased duet-
Appearances with Liza Minelli, Bill Cosby, Chick Corea, Jody Watley, Jon Secada, Bo Diddley, Edita Gruberova,
Anna Moffo, Alfredo Kraus and many others.
Avery Fisher Hall
Metropolitan Opera Guild
Stadttheater St. Gallen
Amadeus Festival, Wien
World Music Festivall, Kopenhagen
The Grand Ole Opry
The Apollo Theater, Harlem
• Per Nörgard composed the opera "Nuit Des Hommes" (Kopenhagen, 1996) especially for Mark Janicello
• Graham Todd composed the Oratorio "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" ( Sussex England 1996) for Mark Janicello
with: Ann Bancroft, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael J. Fox, Jamie Lee Curtis,
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