American Baritone Mark Walters Featured Tonight in El Nino by John Adams at the Spoleto Festival USA
NEW YORK, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Renowned for its passion of contemporary innovation and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performances, the Spoleto Festival USA opens its season tonight with the first fully staged production of John Adams’ El Nino.
Hailed as “a Messiah for the modern age” (Los Angeles Times), John Adams’ El Nino tells the nativity story with an unprecedented spotlight on the voices of women. Acclaimed British director John La Bouchardiere draws inspiration for his imaginative production from the plays used by Franciscan monks in spreading the story of Jesus’ birth through Latin America. With a libretto including poems by Rosario Castellanos and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz–two of Mexico’s greatest writers–Gospels from the Bible and the Apocrypha, and Martin Luther’s Christmas Sermon, Adams’ oratorio widens the lens to encounter and explore the inexhaustible miracle of birth.
Caitlin Lynch – Soprano
Erica Brookhyser – Mezzo
Mark Walters – Baritone
Daniel Bubeck – Countertenor
Brian Cummings – Countertenor
Steven Rickards – Countertenor
John La Bouchardiere – Stage Director
Joe Miller – Conductor
Ellan Parry – Associate Set Designer
Magali Gerberon – Costumes
Steve Tiplady – Puppet Direction
Sally Todd – Puppet Design
All of the soloists sing multiple roles in the challenging minimalist piece and Walters takes on representations of Joseph and Herod. “The part of Joseph reveals much more of his personal thoughts and anxiety than usually heard in the traditional story, but I feel that these expanded points help make sense of his situation to a modern audience,” says Walters.
Opera News has described Walters as “a force to be reckoned with.” He has been lauded for performances in such roles as the title character in Rigoletto, Germont in La Traviata, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera and Di Luna in Il Trovatore.
Also active in new music, Walters has appeared in the World Premieres of Rappahannock County by American composer Ricky Ian Gordon, which was recorded on the Naxos label, Rockland by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola, and with Cutting Edge Concerts in The Last Duchess by Theodore Wiprud and The Clever Mistress by Robert Sirota.
Next season, he will make his debut with Seattle Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni, and make debuts as Pizarro in Fidelio with both Opera Omaha and Kentucky Opera. He returns to Sarasota Opera with his first Scarpia in Tosca and returns to the Savannah Voice Festival in the title role of Don Giovanni.
Upcoming Events for Mark Walters Don Giovanni - Don Giovanni Savannah VOICE Festival August 3, 5, 2014 Savannah, FL Fidelio - Don Pizarro Kentucky Opera Sept. 19, 21, 2014 Louisville, KY Don Giovanni - Don Giovanni Seattle Opera October 19, 31, 2014 Seattle, WA Tosca - Scarpia Sarasota Opera Feb. 7 - March 22, 2015 Sarasota, FL Fidelio - Don Pizarro Omaha Opera April 17, 19, 2015 Omaha, NE Recent Events: Beethoven Symphony No. 9 - Soloist Lima Symphony Orchestra April 12, 2014 Lima, OH Madame Butterfly - Sharpless Mobile Opera March 28, 30, 2014 Mobile, AL La Traviata - Germont Arizona Opera Feb. 28, March 1, 2, 2014 Phoenix, AZ Brahms Requiem - Soloist Arizona Music Festival February 22, 2014 Scottsdale, AZ Verdi Messa da Requiem - Soloist Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Nov. 16, 2013 Jackson, MS La Traviata - Germont Florentine Opera Nov. 8, 10, 2013 Milwaukee, WI Peter Grimes - Balstrode Canadian Opera Company October 5 - 23, 2013 Toranto, Canada Rigoletto - Rigoletto Opera Coeur d'Alene Sept. 13, 15, 2013 Coeur d'Alene, ID
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