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 currently being lauded for his performances throughout the United States in the title role of Rigoletto, Germont in La traviata, Renato in Un ballo in maschera and Di Luna in Il trovatore. For his performance in La forza del destino, The Chicago Sun Times commended his “vocal fury”.

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Rigoletto - Florida Grand Opera

"The materials for a major Verdi baritone are here."
Classical Music Network - January 30, 2012

"He has a strong, creamy baritone ...and knows how to use it to underline his character, which he does masterfully."
Palm Beach Arts Paper - February 18, 2012

"The baritone moving portrayed the struggles of a man confronting the good and evil in his own nature."
Miami Herald - January 29, 2012

Photos Gaston de Cardenas
 
 

Walters was named the Olson Artist for the 2011-2012 season with Florida Grand Opera.

This honor is given to one outstanding American artist each season and coincided with his performances in the title role of Rigoletto with FGO last January. Walters went to Miami in October and to have his upper torso encased to make a mold for Rigoletto’s hump and prosthetic pieces for his face.  Hump created by Michelle and Chris Diamantides.

See video highlights of the process below!

 

 

Faust - Arizona Opera

"Baritone Mark  Walters was an impeccable Valentin, singing and acting his death with conviction."

Opera Magazine - March 1, 2012   Photos Tim Fuller

          

Rigoletto - Orlando Philharmonic

"Walters is a charismatic Rigoletto, in turn, comical, frightened, furious, tragic."

Orlando Sentinel - March 3, 2012     Photo Jan Arcari

On December 18th, Walters performed during a taping of The Real Housewives of New York City.  His performance was donated to benefit a children's hospital in NYC.  During the taping he sang the Toreador Song from Carmen and Lights of Christmas by Michael Ching.
Walters sang Mahler Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Soprano Lisa Daltirus with the Plainfield Symphony on April 28, 2012.