Baritone- City Opera Debut: Rigoletto, 1989
From the time of his debut as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera with Luciano Pavarotti for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, American baritone Mark Rucker has been in demand in opera houses and on concert stage throughout the world. Mr. Rucker made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Amonasro in Aida and has since been heard at the Met as Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, Tonio in I Pagliacci, and as Rigoletto for the Met in the Parks. He made his European debut as Alfio and Tonio for Opera de Nice, and has continued his European career with performances of Alfio at the Wiener Staatsoper, Amonasro for the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with Fabio Luisi and with the Concertgebouw Orkest under the baton of Riccardo Chailly. He made his Italian debut as Rigoletto with Daniele Gatti at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna and his debut at the Arena di Verona as Amonasro. Recently Mr. Rucker performed a “dramatically convincing, dark-voiced Amonasro”(Opera News) for Opera Carolina’s Aida, Tonio in I Pagliacci for New Orleans Opera and sang his first Dutchman in Der Fliegende Holländer for Royal Opéra de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium. His return to the Wiener Staatsoper in the role of Stankar in Stiffelio resulted in “Cheers of Jubilation”… Wiener Zeitung. Up coming engagements include his return to sing Amonasro for the Royal Opéra de Wallonie’s upcoming production of Verdi's Aida.