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Mark Walters

Baritone

Being touted as one of the next great American Verdi baritones, Opera News describes Mark Walters as “a force to be reckoned with.” He is lauded for his performances throughout the United States as Scarpia in Tosca, Germont in La traviata, and Pizarro in Fidelio. For his performance in La forza del destinoThe Chicago Sun Times commended his “vocal fury.”  Walters is now foraying into richer, more dramatic roles including: Die fliegende HolländerJochanaan in Salome, Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, the title role of Sweeney Todd, and Iago in OtelloThis season, Walters sings the role of Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Seattle Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Tampa, the title role in a concert version of Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony, in the Centennial Celebration Concert with Opera Tampa, and in the 10th Anniversary Gala with Opera Louisiane.  In concert, he will sing Händel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Augustana College, Cantata Memoria with DCINY, Verdi’s Requiem with Spokane Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Traverse City Symphony, and a concert of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughn Williams Serenade with Springfield Symphony.

Aug
2016

Aug-12
to
Aug-14
La traviata
Germont
Finger Lakes Opera
Geneseo, NY
Sep
2016

Sep-11
One Voice Benefit Concert
Soloist
Opera Orlando
Orlando, FL
Oct
2016

Oct-15
to
Oct-30
Hansel and Gretel
Father
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
Dec
2016

Dec-10
to
Dec-11
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Soloist
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL
Jan
2017

Jan-15
Cantata Memoria
Soloist
DCINY
New York, NY
Mar
2017

Mar-25
Centennial Celebration Concert
Soloist
Opera Tampa
Tampa, FL
Apr
2017

Apr-07
to
Apr-09
Tosca
Scarpia
Opera Tampa
Tampa, FL
Apr-23
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Soloist
Traverse Symphony Orchestra
Traverse City, MI
Apr-29
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Soloist
Springfield Symphony
Springfield, MA
May
2017

May-06
to
May-07
Verdi’s Requiem
Soloist
Spokane Symphony
Spokane, WA
May-12
10th Anniversary Gala
Soloist
Opera Louisiane
Baton Rogue, LA
May-26
Don Giovanni
Don Giovanni
Kalamazoo Symphony
Kalamazoo, MI
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…powerful and frightening…
 The Shining “Baritone Mark Walters was powerful and frightening in his ghostly appearances as Jack’s alcoholic father.” – Opera News 
…resonant and stentorian baritone …
Il trovatoreThe resonant and stentorian baritone Mark Walters contributes a forceful portrayal of the Count. Walters sings with fierce gusto, but also offers a suave account of the Count’s lyrical “Il balen del suo sorriso.””The Greenville News 
strong, creamy baritone …
Rigoletto “He has a strong, creamy baritone …and knows how to use it to underline his character, which he does masterfully.”Palm Beach Arts Paper
…distinct and effective…
La traviata “Mark Walters, on the other hand, was distinct and effective as Giorgio Germont, both his voice and stage deportment were first class”Bergens Tidende 
…a force to be reckoned with …
Lucia di Lammermoor “Mark Walters’ Enrico was a force to be reckoned with, a Viking in kilts with voice to match.”Opera News 
 

Being touted as one of the next great American Verdi baritones, Opera News describes Mark Walters as “a force to be reckoned with.” He is lauded for his performances throughout the United States as Scarpia in Tosca, Germont in La traviata, and Pizarro in Fidelio. For his performance in La forza del destinoThe Chicago Sun Times commended his “vocal fury.”  Walters is now foraying into richer, more dramatic roles including: Die fliegende HolländerJochanaan in Salome, Wotan in Der Ring des Nibelungen, the title role of Sweeney Todd, and Iago in Otello.

This season, Walters sings the role of Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Seattle Opera, Scarpia in Tosca with Opera Tampa, the title role in a concert version of Don Giovanni with Kalamazoo Symphony, in the Centennial Celebration Concert with Opera Tampa, and in the 10th Anniversary Gala with Opera Louisiane.  In concert, he will sing Händel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Augustana College, Cantata Memoria with DCINY, Verdi’s Requiem with Spokane Symphony, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Traverse City Symphony, and a concert of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Vaughn Williams Serenade with Springfield Symphony.

Recent engagements include a company début as Scarpia in Tosca with Minnesota Opera and a return for their world première of The Shining as Mark Torrance; the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra; the title role in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera; Germont in La traviata with Arizona Opera, Florentine Opera, and Finger Lakes Opera; Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Kentucky Opera and Opera Omaha; Marcello in La bohème with Florida Grand Opera and Opera Coeur d’Alene; Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Carolina; Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Tampa; Valentin in Faust and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera; a production of Peter Grimes with Canadian Opera Company; Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Mobile Opera; his début with the Spoleto Festival USA in John Adams’ El Niño; début with Opera Santa Barbara in the title role in Don Giovanni; Scarpia in Tosca with Sarasota Opera; and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Florentine Opera.

Career highlights include the world première of Rappahannock County by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon recorded on the Naxos label.  His European début as Germont in La traviata with Den Nye Opera, Norway and his Asian début as Don Giovanni in Osaka, Japan.  He also portrayed the Reverend Olin Blitch in a special 50th anniversary production of Susannah, personally overseen by Carlisle Floyd.

Walters’ oratorio work includes his Carnegie Hall début in Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s Requiem conducted by John Rutter; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Tallahassee Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Lima Symphony; Verdi’s Requiem with the Mississippi Symphony; the Brahms Requiem with Arizona Music Festival and Händel’s Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony and the Händel Oratorio Society. As a featured soloist, Mr. Walters has sung in the Milnes Voice Gala Honors James Morris, in the Baritones on the Bayou with Opera Louisiane, as Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society, and in a Gala concert for the Canterbury Festival, UK.

 

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