Opera News describes Mark Walters as “a force to be reckoned with" in Lucia di Lammermoor and as "heroic” in Carmen. The Chicago Sun Times depicts Walters as “vocal fury” in La forza del destino. The Salt Lake Tribune says, “The tall, handsome singer possesses a magnificently resonant voice and unforced dramatic ability."
For the 2012-2013, Walters returns as Marcello in La Bohème with Florida Grand Opera and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera. He takes on three new roles and will debut with three new companies as Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opera Tampa, Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West with Mobile Opera and Zurga in The Pearl Fishers with Opera Carolina. He also makes a company debut with Eugene Opera as The Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.
In the 2011-2012 season, Walters was seen in the title role of Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera, where he received the Olson Award for Outstanding American Artist of the season. He made company debuts as Rigoletto with the Orlando Philharmonic and as Valentin in Faust with Arizona Opera. He sang Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore in South Carolina and was a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with the Choral Society of Pensacola. Walters was also seen in the world premieres of The Last Duchess by Theodore Wiprud and The Clever Mistress by Robert Sirota with Cutting Edge Concerts.
Some highlights of Walters’ career include his European debut as Germont in La Traviata with Den Nye Opera in Bergen, Norway and his Asian debut in the title role of Don Giovanni in Osaka, Japan. He debuted at Carnegie Hall in Orff’s Carmina Burana and the Fauré Requiem conducted by John Rutter and he portrayed the Reverend Olin Blitch in a special 50th year anniversary production of Susannah, personally overseen by Carlisle Floyd.
Walters performed in the world premiere of Rappahannock County by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, which was recorded on the Naxos label. He was also featured in the premieres of Rockland by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Corps of Discovery by Michael Ching with Opera Memphis, Good Neighbors by Robert Taylor at the Cumberland Playhouse, Blake by Leslie Adams with the Cleveland Choral Society and The Children of the Keweenaw by Paul Seitz with the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Walters has also premiered the song cycles Of Passion’s Tide by Canadian Composer Laureate Jeffrey Ryan, 4 Poems of Rossetti by Marty Robinson and Love’s Cycle by Mark Henkin.
Concert highlights include solo recitals with the Bechstein Vocal Series in New York, the Upclose, Onstage recital series with Sarasota Opera and the NATS Southern Regional Conference. He has performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Tallahassee Symphony and the Messiah with the Mississippi Symphony and the Handel Oratorio Society and was featured on Richard Tucker Music Foundation concert and with Opera Tampa in A Night of Stars gala honoring the career of Placido Domingo.