From the time of his debut as Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Luciano Pavarotti for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, American baritone Mark Rucker has been in demand throughout the world. Rucker made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Amonasro in Aïda and has since been heard at the Met as Don Carlo in La forza del destino, Tonio in Pagliacci, and as Rigoletto for the Met in the Parks, and continues to be part of the Met roster. He sang major baritone roles in Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco, Un ballo in maschera, La traviata, Stiffelio, Aïda, Il trovatore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Samson et Dalila and Die Fliegende Holländer for companies such as Covent Garden, Arena di Verona, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Teatro Comunale, Bologna, Netherlands Opera, Greek National Opera, Opéra de Wallonie, Bregenz, Savonlinna and Santander, New York City Opera, Opera Carolina and numerous other North American companies. He has worked with celebrated maestri, including, Richard Bonynge, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Daniele Gatti, Carlo Rizzi, Gianandrea Noseda, Bruno Campanella, Paolo Arrivabeni and Willie Anthony Waters. Mr. Rucker made his Carnegie Hall debut to great acclaim as Don Carlo in La forza del destino. Other concert credits include Linda di Chamounix and Jerusalem with the Concertgebouw, and Rigoletto with the Israel and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Balshazzar’s Feast, Elijah and Shastokovich’s Symphony #13,”Babi Yar.”Recordings include Mark Rucker Sings Lena Mclin’s Songs for Voice and Piano; Amonasro in Aïda for Naxos, and Cambro in Opera Ebony’s recording of Fosca by A. Carlos Gomes. Mr. Rucker is currently a Professor of Voice at Michigan State University and is the Administrative Director and Artistic director for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s celebrated Young Artist Program, Prelude to Performance.