Peter Mark Opera - Playa Del Rey, LA

Peter Mark Opera - Playa Del Rey, LA

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About this pro

Having sung myself onstage with the great singers at the MET, and chosen, coached, and conducted hundreds of singers for over 4 decades at Virginia Opera -- where I am Artistic Director Emeritus -- I really know how to work quickly and effectively with singers to get their voices to ring freely and to communicate expressively and musically. QUICKLY and SUCCESSFULLY!

Peter Mark’s powerful skill set draws from a varied and comprehensive experience in opera. As Founding General and Artistic Director of Virginia Opera he conducted and mentored young singers  -- many  who have become world renowned stars like Renee Fleming, Diana Soviero, Lawrence Brownlee, Frederick Burchinal.

Peter Mark
757.343.7068 cell
212-580-0081 NY​ 
​Fall & Spring​
310-302.1922 LA 
​Summer & Winter​ 

It is thrilling to be able to reveal a person's real voice to them -- and to give them the tools for them to express themselves fully and uniquely in whatever music they want to sing!!

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Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
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13 Reviews


  • Riad Ymeri - tenor

    It was very productive to work with Peter. One of the things that we were focused was to work on chiaro-scuro that now works very good as an idea and in practice. Also the legato and breath-support. He does pay a lot of attention to those things, and I think that's the key to a beautiful singing. I'm thankful for that! So far, Peter is certainly on of the best I've been able to work with.

  • Lorna Barbara Case

    I participated in Peter Mark's masterclasses, and he is a real professional who cares about his students. No matter what level of voice you have, or where you are currently in your training, he will help to get the best out of you. He has great intuition about how to handle singers and really gives 100% of his energy in coaching. I greatly appreciate him working with me and consider it a great honor to have been allowed to participate in these classes.

  • Isaac Grier

    Peter Mark has so many tools and techniques that will help a singer improve their musicianship to a professional level. If you are looking to go the next step I recommend you with Peter.

  • William Hicks

    I recently had the pleasure of collaborating as pianist for Peter Mark's master class for young Opera singers and found him to be highly effective in his ability to elicit the best possible results from each of the participants. Due to his many years of professional experience in the world of Opera, Peter knows exactly what is needed to be heard as far as vocal production and style in the widest possible variety of repertoire, but more importantly, through his unique methods is able to quickly achieve the desired results from each of the singers.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I listen carefully to each new student, assess what they need, make sure it is what they think they need, and then find a way to give them the tools they are missing -- to really know what they are doing vocally --- so that they not only improve their singing but also understand how and why it is working -- so they are from then on in control.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

​In music all my life. Sang as chief bot soprano at MET OPERA. 
Concertmaster Columbia University Orchestra. 
Principal Violist Juilliard Orchestra, Chicago Lyric Opera​. 
​Built, ran, cast, and conducted Virginia Opera for 36 years as General & Artistic Director -- now Artistic Director Emeritus 
International Opera conductor, coach, consultant​

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$100 per hour independent of pianist and venue if needed.

But we can also work without pianist -- purely vocally.

And either in person or by SKYPE or FACE TIME

How did you get started teaching?

I have always been a teacher. Full Professor of Music in the University of California system.

Maestro means teacher in Italian. As a maestro/Conductor of opera for over 40 years I have all that experience too.

What types of students have you worked with?

Singers on every level -- professional, non-professional, student level, crossover singers, actors, public speakers.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Presenting my singers to a Panel of Artistic Professionals at the end of every Masterclass Series

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure that you find someone who can help you immediately and quickly. And noticeably!! 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

How your voice responds to your own commands when you sing. What are the successes? What are the failures? The problems areas?

What style and repertoire do you want to sing?

Do you feel you have the voice for that?

Are you willing to do what it takes to develop a technique so you can sing reliably ?

Lessons offered