Rappahannock County CD

Inspired by diaries, letters, and personal accounts from the American Civil War, Rappahannock County by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Mark Campbell is a music-theatre work that movingly and dramatically commemorates the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The location of the Rappahannock River as a border between North and South is a metaphor for the region's many conflicts. Performed by a cast of five singers who play over 30 roles, conducted by Rob Fisher and stage directed by Kevin Newbury the piece brings this dramatic historical period to life in songs which express the devastating impact of the Civil War on all of the people who endured it.

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"One of the most enjoyable aspects of this recording of the première production of Rappahannock County is the consistent excellence of the cast of vocalists, each member of which faces difficulties of dramatic expression, textural delivery, and musical technique.Though composed in a style that mostly avoids the histrionics of ‘traditional’ opera, Mr. Gordon’s score nonetheless presents challenges to each of the soloists, and there are few performances of new music in which the vocal demands are met with the level of achievement heard in this performance.

Baritone Mark Walters, an accomplished performer of contemporary music, excels in each of his roles, launching the performance with a ringing account of the ‘sermon’ of Reverend Zachariah Springer.Mr. Walters possesses the sort of burly but beautiful voice …he sings with poise and stirring vigor throughout this performance."

Voix des Arts - May 13, 2013 -Joseph Newsome

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Video Excerpts of Making Maps, For Love of Country, The Good Death - Mark Walters

"Baritone Mark Walters revealed a particularly warm, communicative tone; his account of "Making Maps" was one of the evening's most affecting passages"

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Left - Video excerpt of premiere performance
Below - Cast Photos

                            Mark Walters                                         Kevin Moreno, Matthew Tuell, Aundi Moore, Mark Walters, Faith Sherman                          Mark Walters