Peter Mark has been a constant presence on the world Opera stage for decades, as performer, impresario, teacher, and most notably as Founder and Artistic Director of Virginia Opera, where he conducted 100's of
productions over 36 years:
"It is thrilling to conduct opera from the pit with full orchestra, chorus and solo singers.... it's the best seat in the house... guiding the flow and intensity of the drama through music, and instinctively supporting each singer from rehearsal to final performance. To lead and support so many talented people at the same time is a glorious and unique experience - as well as a truly sacred mission."
Opera Voice & Body Work is how Maestro Mark continues on this 'sacred
mission' - to re-invigorate the glorious singing traditions he first experienced
on-stage at the 'Old' MET and continues to nurture in a brand-new way to our current generation of singing artists.
Nessun dorma - Peter Mark coaching leading tenor Chi Liming at the Shanghai Opera House
Opera MasterClass in Cuba in 2016 with Cuban-born American pianist Lucy Arner and Cuban singers
Maestro Mark served as Founding General and Artistic Director of Virginia Opera from 1975 to 2010, and is now Emeritus there. He has held similar positions with the International Opera Alliance, the Buck Hill - Skytop Music Festival
(now known as the Pocono Mountains Music Festival) and Lyric Opera Virginia,
with its unique formats for presenting Opera in the new century.
He may, in fact, be the only person you know who has sung opera at the Metropolitan Opera, performed as Principal Violist at Chicago Lyric Opera, taught opera and drama as a University of California Professor, built an extraordinary and flourishing opera company for its first remarkable 35 years –The Virginia Opera, and conducted opera in opera houses on 5 continents.
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PETER'S IMPACT ON SINGERS
Four successful decades of respected work in the field of opera now allow him to transmit this broad and varied knowledge to the most gifted opera singers, freeing them to deliver their innate musicianship and voices in the most integrated, natural and moving way.
"I studied in Italy for 5 years but I've never met a teacher like him. Since I began working with him my voice has improved so much. I feel so blessed to meet him. His teaching is very clear and easy to understand. I highly recommend him."
— Esther HeeWoo Kim, Soprano
Back in the US, Maestro Mark's name is firmly linked to the historic flourishing of opera in Virginia, where he oversaw the growth of opera over its initial four decades there, himself conducting well over 100 different opera productions -- comprising over 700 highly successful performances -- on Virginia stages, including numerous Virginia, national, and world premiere productions. He is celebrated as Founding Artistic Director Emeritus of Virginia Opera, as an Honorary Citizen of Norfolk, and as the recipient of the Vianne Webb Lifetime Achievement Award.