American baritone Mark Rucker makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra). Rucker previously covered the title role of Macbeth in The Royal Opera’s 2015 tour to Japan.
Rucker grew up in Chicago, studied at Drake University, and came to international attention when he sang Renato (Un ballo in maschera) with Luciano Pavarotti as Riccardo. He has sung Amonasro (Aida), Don Carlo di Vargas (La forza del destino) and Tonio (Pagliacci) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Rigoletto for the Met in the Parks. He has also appeared with companies including Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera, Dutch National Opera, Greek National Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opéra de Wallonie, San Diego Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Opéra de Montréal and for the Arena di Verona, Savonlinna and Bregenz festivals among others. His repertory includes Nabucco, Macbeth, Stankar (Stiffelio), Rigoletto, Count di Luna (Il trovatore) Giorgio Germont (La traviata), High Priest (Samson et Dalila), Alfio (Cavalleria rusticana), Jack Rance (La fanciulla del West) and the title role of Der fliegende Holländer.
Rucker has appeared in concert as Don Carlo di Vargas (La forza del destino) at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and sung in concert performances of Linda di Chamounix and Jérusalem at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. His concert repertory includes Elijah and Belshazzar’s Feast. He has made several recordings, including Aida for Naxos. He is the Artistic Director for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance Programme, and a Professor of Voice at Michigan State University’s College of Music.