Josephine Mongiardo Great Coaches Series: Maestro Peter Mark

Peter Mark has been a respected opera professional in every corner of the opera business for four decades. After early careers as chief boy soprano of the Metropolitan Opera, as solo, chamber and leading violinist and violist, and teaching as Full University Professor of Music and Drama, Peter Mark served as Founding General and Artistic Director of Virginia Opera (1975-2010), and of International Opera Alliance, as Founding Artistic Director of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival in the Poconos, and at Lyric Opera Virginia, where he developed unique formats for presenting opera in the 21st Century. He now utilizes his broad experience and skill in helping singers and presenters to develop successful paths and new directions for the future of opera.

Maestro Mark has conducted productions and presented singers in North and South America, London, Italy, New York, Africa, and China, where he conducted Shanghai’s first Italian-language Tosca to open the new Opera House of the Oriental Arts Center. He has conducted for the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden and the BBC Promenade Concerts, for Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Krakow Opera, and the Puccini Festival in Torre del Lago, Italy, as well as for New York City Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria in Canada, and the National Opera of Mexico at the Bellas Artes in Mexico City. As Founding Artistic Director of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival in northeastern Pennsylvania, he presided over its initial three festivals in July/August 2010, 2011, and 2012, presenting “jewel box” productions of Porgy & BessCarmen, and La Traviata and offering opera master classes, chamber music, dance, cabaret, Broadway and jazz performances and workshops.

His work through the International Opera Alliance has focused on the identification and training as well as career-building opportunities for extraordinarily gifted young American and international opera singers.