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Mark Roska

Baritone

Mark Roska

Although originally from New Jersey, was raised in Stockton, California & there began what has become an interesting musical journey. Surprisingly, opera wasn't even a part of his repertoire…that came later. After discovering singing at the age of eighteen, he formed a four-part harmony vocal group similar to those of the Motown era which took him on tour opening for recording artists all throughout California. Differences within the group soon resulted into a fall out. Not interested in pursuing a solo career as an R&B artist, he ventured into the Musicals (which he actually had a small passion for!).

Few months later, without any type of vocal training, he sang the role of Lun-tha from The King and I in Reseda, California. Other roles such as Raoul from The Phantom of the Opera, Javert from Les Miserables and once again, Lun-tha all came about in the same night in California State University’s The best of Broadway: Song and Dance! Viewing one of those performances on video a few days later, Mark heard an “operatic” sound in his voice which he never thought he possessed. With this curiosity lingering, he thought he would finally try voice lessons (which he didn't believe in). After just a few weeks, the teacher suggested trying some of the tenor repertoire.

Around this time, Mark was in the process of moving back to New Jersey. While in search of a brand new voice teacher, he made his operatic debut as Borsa in Verdi’s Rigoletto with Amato Opera. Pursuing his search for the right teacher, he found Gene Bullard in New York.

And so four years later, Mark made his debut as a Baritone in the same composer, opera and company as Marullo! Amato became his home for a couple of seasons singing more roles such as Cascada in The Merry Widow, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, etc. and interestingly enough, the Messenger in Verdi’s Aida! In between Amato, Mark has also sung in Carnegie Hall with Pacific Opera. Credits with Pacific include Colline from La Boheme (café momus scene w/ orchestra in Delaware), The Don from Don Giovanni (scene & duet), Figaro from La Nozze di Figaro (quintet), Don Alvaro from La Forza del Destino (duet) & Rigoletto from Rigoletto (scene & duet).

 

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