Mark Tempesta, tenor, has performed mainstage roles with Odyssey Opera St. Petersburg Opera, Sarasota Opera, Shreveport Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, and Pittsburgh Festival Opera. Professional roles and covers have included Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Gherman in Pique Dame, Tony in Westside Story, Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto, Young Jim Thompson in Glory Denied, Father Grenville in Dead Man Walking, Malcolm in Verdi’s Macbeth, Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas, Loge in Das Rheingold, Count Danilo Danilovitch in The Merry Widow, as well as Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Sharpless, Yamadori and the Bonze in Madame Butterfly.
Most recently, Mark has appeared in concerts with the Boston Wagner society, singing extended scenes as Siegmund from Die Waküre, and In the 2019-2020 season Mark appeared with St. Petersburgh Opera in Madame Butterfly and The Merry Widow, and in Odyssey Opera’s production of Rossini’s Elisabetta D’Inghilterra, which although cancelled in March 2020, became one of the first operatic works released to the public during the pandemic through the dress rehearsal recording made just before the lockdown. In the 2018-2019 season, Mark was a Resident Artist at Shreveport Opera where he appeared as Tony in West Side Story, Larry/Matt in Face on the Barroom Floor, Marcus in Masquerade, and the Bonze in Madama Butterfly. He also performed for over 30,000 kids throughout the Arklatex area over the year through Shreveport Opera’s outreach program. During his time at Shreveport, Mark experimented with Baritone roles, including the Bonze and Sharpless, and performed as a baritone up until the 2019-2020 season. In 2018, Mark was a Resident Artist in the inaugural season of Jane Eaglen's Mastersinger Program for Young Dramatic Voices. There he sang Matteo in Strauss’s Arabella and covered Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold.He also received the “Outstanding Performer Award” at the Metropolitan International Music Competition in the same year.
Mark has also been an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera and a Young Artist at
Opera Company of Middlebury, and has recorded as a tenor soloist with Navona Records. He holds a Masters of Music from Boston University and degrees in both Music and Physics from Oberlin College.