Mark Walters, Baritone
BARON SCARPIA, Tosca
For the 2013-2014 season, Walters performed Germont in La Traviata with Florentine Opera of Milwaukee as well as with Arizona Opera; the title role of Rigoletto with Opera Coeur d’Alene; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Mobile Opera; and will cover the role of Balstrode in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Peter Grimes. In 2014 he will make his debut with Seattle Opera as the title role in Don Giovanni. Concert engagements will include John Adams' El Niño with the Spoleto Festival, Verdi’s Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Lima Symphony.
Recent engagements include the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and the Orlando Philharmonic, Zurga in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Carolina, Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Tampa, Marcello in La bohème with Florida Grand Opera, Valentin in Faust and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera, Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance at Eugene Opera, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Mobile Opera, Di Luna in Il trovatore in South Carolina, as well as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with the Choral Society of Pensacola, and with Cutting Edge Concerts, in the World Premieres of The Last Duchess by Theodore Wiprud and The Clever Mistress by Robert Sirota.
Highlights of Walters’ career include his European debut as Germont in La traviata with Den Nye Opera in Bergen, Norway and his Asian debut in the title role of Don Giovanni in Osaka, Japan. He also portrayed the Reverend Olin Blitch in a special 50th year anniversary production of Susannah, personally overseen by Carlisle Floyd. He was featured on a Richard Tucker Music Foundation concert and with Opera Tampa in A Night of Stars gala honoring the career of Placido Domingo.
Walters has been heard in the World Premiere of Rappahannock County by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon which was recorded on the Naxos label as well as the US premiere of Rockland by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola. Additional premieres have included Corps of Discovery by Michael Ching with Opera Memphis, Good Neighbors by Robert Taylor at the Cumberland Playhouse, Blake by Leslie Adams with the Cleveland Choral Society and The Children of the Keweenaw by Paul Seitz with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Walters has also had the pleasure to premiere the song cycles Of Passion’s Tide by Canadian Composer Laureate Jeffrey Ryan, 4 Poems of Rossetti by Marty Robinson and Love’s Cycle by Mark Henkin.
Concert highlights include his Carnegie Hall debut in Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Fauré Requiem conducted by John Rutter; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Tallahassee Symphony; and the Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony and the Handel Oratorio Society. He has performed many solo recitals with the Bechstein Vocal Series in New York, the Upclose, Onstage recital series with Sarasota Opera, and the NATS Southern Regional Conference.