Mark Whatley, baritone, saw his professional singing career gain national prominence in 2002, when he won first place in the Metropolitan Opera mid-south regional auditions. He was later named one of nine national finalists and performed in concert with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra with Julius Rudel conducting. Since that time he has sung over forty operatic roles, including Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Agata in Viva la Mamma, Marcello in La bohème, Escamillo in Carmen, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, and both Frank and Fritz in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. His concert repertoire is equally extensive and varied, including Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saën’s Christmas Oratorio, and requiems by Brahms, Fauré, Duruflé, and Mozart. In addition to numerous productions with Nashville Opera, he has performed with Glimmerglass Opera, Opera North, Opera Birmingham, Augusta Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Aspen Opera Theatre, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Cincinnati May Festival, Lexington Philharmonic, Woodlands Symphony, Paducah Symphony, Sacramento Ballet, and Houston Choral Society, among others. Recent performances have included Carmina Burana with Nashville Ballet and Nashville Symphony, Tosca with Nashville Opera , Coffee Cantata with Music City Baroque, Messiah with Concert Chorale of Nashville, Beaser’s The End of Knowing at Vanderbilt University, and Bach’s Magnificat and Schubert’s Winterreise at Belmont University.
Mark Whatley is Coordinator of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor of Voice at Belmont University, where he has been employed since 2011. He holds degrees in voice performance from Belmont University (Dean’s Scholar) and the University of Kentucky (John E. Guida Fellow), and he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the world-renowned Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2014.
Dr. Whatley lives in Nashville, TN, with his wife, Amanda, and two sons, Andrew and Matthew.