Biography
Mark Walters
For the 2015-2016 season, Walters makes a company debut as Scarpia in Tosca with Minnesota Opera and also returns for their world première as Mark Torrance in The Shining. He also makes company debuts as Don Giovanni with Opera Santa Barbara and as Germont in La Traviata with the Finger Lakes Opera. He returns as Scarpia in Tosca with Sarasota Opera, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly to Florentine Opera and as Marcello in La bohème to Opera Coeur d’Alene. In concert he will be heard at the Milnes Voice Gala Honors James Morris, in Baritones on the Bayou with Opera Louisiane, as Elijah with the Pensacola Choral Society and in a Gala concert for the Canterbury Festival, UK. Walters returns to Seattle Opera in a role to be announced the following season.

Recent engagements include the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera and The Orlando Philharmonic, the title role in Don Giovanni with Seattle Opera; Germont in La traviata with Arizona Opera and Florentine Opera; Don Pizarro in Fidelio with Kentucky Opera and Opera Omaha; Marcello in La bohème with Florida Grand Opera; 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 and his début with the Spoleto Festival USA in John Adams’ El Niño.

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 Ninth Symphony 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.