Peter Mark

  • Conductor

  • Master Classes



Since his Virginia Opera debut in 1975 – conducting the pilot production of La Traviata with rising star Diana Soviero as Violetta –Maestro Peter Mark has presided over Virginia Opera's growth into one of the finest and largest opera companies in the nation. Under his guidance, Virginia Opera has identified and presented some of the nation's most promising young singers – from Jeannine Altmeyer, Frederick Burchinal, John Aler, Rockwell Blake, Randy Locke, and Jake Gardner to Renée Fleming, Barbara Dever, Frank Porretta, Grant Youngblood, Fabiana Bravo, Lawrence Brownlee, Nmon Ford, Thomas Truhitte, Cristina Nassif, Jeniece Golbourne, Manon Strauss Evrard, and Mary Elizabeth Williams. He has brought directors from the theatre and opera world to Virginia including Gian Carlo Menotti, Gordon Davidson, Arvin Brown, Dorothy Danner and Lillian Groag in new productions designed by some of the nation's top opera and theater designers. Maestro Mark conducted his 100th Virginia Opera production – Il Trovatore – last season, having led 700 highly-successful performances on the Virginia Opera stage during his career.

 As conductor, he has brought the artistic achievements of Virginia Opera and the International Opera Alliance to the international stage on five continents, conducting the company's productions and presenting the company's singers in South America, London, Mexico, New York, China -- where he conducted Shanghai's first Italian-language Tosca to open the brand new Opera House of the Oriental Arts Center, China's first, and was featured on the cover of the China's national Opera News – and most recently in Southern Africa, where he presented and conducted singers in the 5th Maputo International Music Festival in Mozambique, and held Masterclasses in Cape Town, South Africa.

Among Virginia Opera's most recognized productions are four operas by Maestro Mark's wife, distinguished Scottish-American composer Thea Musgrave, and the Virginia Premieres of Strauss' Elektra and Salome, Wagner's Die Walküre and Tristan & Isolde, Giordano's Andrea Chénier, and Handel's Rodelinda and Agrippina. Maestro Mark has conducted the British premiere of Musgrave's A Christmas Carol for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (telecast throughout the United Kingdom by Granada Television); Porgy and Bess at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La Traviata and Masked Ball for Krakow Opera, and La Bohème for its centennial production at the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival in Italy. He has also conducted for New York City Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria in Canada , and the National Opera of Mexico at the Bellas Artes.

Prior to his career as conductor and impresario, Maestro Mark, who began his musical career as a boy soprano at the Metropolitan Opera and the New York City Opera, enjoyed a successful career as a solo violinist and violist. He held leadership positions with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and toured extensively throughout Europe, South America, and Great Britain as a soloist.

His recent work through the International Opera Alliance has focused on the identification and training as well as career-building opportunities for extraordinarily gifted young international opera singers. He will be returning to Mozambique this coming May/June 2010 and introducing new singers at the 6th Maputo International Music Festival.


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