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 having “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.” Currently, Walters sings the title role in Rigoletto with Florida Grand Opera, where he will receive the Olson Award for Outstanding American Artist. This season, he appears again as Rigoletto with the Orlando Philharmonic, as Valentin in Faust with Arizona Opera and as Di Luna in Il trovatore in South Carolina. Upcoming engagements include Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Arizona Opera, his role debut as Scarpia in Tosca, Zurga in Les Pecheurs de Perles with Opera Carolina, and his Seattle Opera debut as the title role in Don Giovanni. In concert he sings Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy with the Choral Society of Pensacola. Walters will be seen in performances of Rappahannock County by Ricky Ian Gordon, after premiering the work last season and recording it on the Naxos label. He will also premiere two new operas, The Last Duchess by Theodore Wiprud and The Clever Mistress by Robert Sirota with Cutting Edge Concerts.