Mark Rucker achieved the success debuting the role of Renato  in Un ballo in maschera at Philadelphia Opera with Luciano Pavarotti in the role of  Riccardo.


He debuted at Metropolitan in New York the role of Amonasro in Aida, Don Carlo in La forza del destino, Tonio in Pagliacci and Rigoletto. He performed Don Carlo in La forza del destino with Maria Guleghina and Salvatore Licitra at Carnegie Hall.


Among his recent engagements: Amonasro in Aida in Toledo and Charlotte, Tonio in Pagliacci in New Orleans, The high Priest in Samson et Dalila, and his debut in the main role of Der Fliegende Hollaender in Liege.


In 2014 he will be Amonasro in Aida in Liege.


His repertoire includes: Iago (Otello), Michele (Il tabarro) Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Rigoletto, Amonasro (Aida), Macbeth, Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tonio (I pagliacci), Nabucco, Conte di Luna (Il trovatore), Scarpia (Tosca), Don Carlo (La forza del destino), Olandese volante, Giorgio Germont (La traviata), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Gérard (Andrea Chénier), Stankar (Stiffelio), Ford e Falstaff (Falstaff), Don Carlo (Ernani), Giacomo (Giovanna d’Arco), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West), Guglielmo (Le Villi), Barnaba (La Gioconda). His Oratorio repertoire includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughn-Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Brahms’ Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Dubois’ Seven Last Words.


In Europe he debuted with the roles of Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and Tonio (Pagliacci) at Opera in Nice. After he performed in the most important European theatres: Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana) and Stankar (Stiffelio) - Staatsoper in Vienna; Amonasro (Aida) - Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin conducted by F. Luisi and at Concertgebouw conducted by R. Chailly; Antonio (Linda di Chamounix) - Contergebouw; Le comte de Toulouse (Jerusalem) - Netherlands Radio Orchestra; Nabucco - Athens; Rigoletto and Amonasro in Aida - DNO, Amsterdam; Nabucco - Graz; Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco – Liege. Moreover he has been guest at Festival in Bregenz (Nabucco), Festival in Savonlinna (Nabucco) and in Santander (The high Priest in Samson et Dalila).


In Italy he debuted performing Rigoletto at Teatro Comunale di Bologna conducted by D. Gatti. Other Italian theatres where he has performed: Amonasro (Aida) - Arena di Verona; Macbeth, Nabucco, The high Priest (Samson et Dalila) - Bologna; Macbeth - Trieste.

His artistic activity takes place mostly in North America and Canada: Città del Messico, Atlanta, New York, Cleveland, Connecticut, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, North Carolina, New Orleans, Orlando, Portland, Miami, San Diego, Baltimora, Montreal, Vancouver.


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Mark Rucker

Baritone