Master Classes

Opera Grand Rapids offers master classes with prominent and entertaining opera scholars, performers, and directors.


2017-18 Season Master Classes

Mark Rucker  |  January 26, 2:00-4:00 PM

Betty Van Andel Opera Center

From the time of his debut as Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera with Luciano Pavarotti for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the American baritone has been in demand in opera houses and on concert stages throughout the world. In addition to an active performing career, he has been the Administrative Director for the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s celebrated Young Artist Program, Prelude to Performance since 2005 and Artistic Director since 2015.

Rucker made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Amonasro in Aida and has since been heard at the Met as Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino, Tonio in I Pagliacci, and as Rigoletto for the Met in the Parks and continues to be part of the Met roster. He sang the major baritone roles in Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Traviata, Stiffelio, Aida, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Samson et Dalila and Die Fliegende Holländer for companies such as: 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, San Diego, Florida Grand, L’Opera Montreal 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 and Paolo Arrivabeni.

Rucker made his Carnegie Hall debut to great acclaim as Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino. His other concert credits include Linda di Chamounix and Jerusalem with the Concertgebouw, Rigoletto with the Israel and Rotterdam Philharmonics. He will sing the role of Paolo in Simone Boccanegra for Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West for Opera Colorado next season.

Recordings include Mark Rucker Sings Lena Mclin’s Songs For Voice and Piano; Amonasro in Aida for Naxos and Cambro in Opera Ebony’s recording of Fosca by A. Carlos Gomes.


More Master Classes to be announced.



Opera Grand Rapids is proud to host a master class with legendary baritone and 34-year veteran singer and educator, Mark Rucker. Singers will be pre-selected by Opera Grand Rapids’ Artistic Director, Maestro James Meena, to participate in this public event.

Undergraduate Collegiate Consortium Students are welcome to apply for the opportunity to present at this master class. Undergraduate Students from other Michigan based universities and colleges may also apply, and will be considered based on availability.

Application Requirements:

  • Current Headshot
  • Current Resume
  • The Recommendation of a Music Professional
    • Must include Name & Contact Information
  • At least One Unedited Audio or Video File of an Opera Aria

The above requirements will need to be sent electronically to Opera Grand Rapids’ Operations Manager, Sarah Watson,

Deadline for Applications is Friday, December 1, 2017.

All applicants will receive confirmation upon the receipt of their application and will be informed of their application’s status.