Tenor Mark Hernandez has been performing professionally since 1990. Opera News has acclaimed him for his "winning physicality and unceasing attention to character, anchored by secure, attractive vocalism," and the San Francisco Chronicle has described his voice as "burnished gold.” Other critics have called him “top drawer” (Talkin Broadway), “a strong and rich tenor” (San Francisco Bay Times), and “a marvelous singer as well as a splendid actor” (Napa News).
Mark has appeared in dozens of roles with Northern California companies such as Mendocino Music Festival, Pocket Opera, Thick Description, and West Bay Opera to name a few. Most recently, he appeared as Motorcycle Cop/Inmate in Opera Parèlelle’s production of Dead Man Walking; Mr. Parkis in West Edge Opera’s production of The End of the Affair; and as a principal artist in the world premiere of Cuentos de la Peregrinación with Opera Cultura.
While Mark’s credits are many and varied, he has a particular passion for new music, as well as works that reflect Latin American culture. He has collaborated directly with composers Hector Armienta (Cuentos de la Peregrinación, River of Women/La Llorona, Z, all world premieres), David Conte (America Tropical, Firebird Motel, The Dreamers, The Passion of Rita St. James, all world premieres), Myron Fink (The Conquistador), Gordon Getty (Plump Jack), Carla Lucero (Wuornos, Sor Juana), Henry Mollicone (Emperor Norton, The Face on the Barroom Floor), Lisa Prosek (The Lariat, Trap Door, world premieres), and Conrad Susa (Transformations).
Mark has commissioned and premiered three works from composer David Garner: Seis caprichos de García Lorca, Cinco poemas de Jaime Manrique, and (with Citywinds) Viñetas flamencas. In addition, he created and performed Canciónes clásicas, a four-recital exploration of Latin American art song, presented at the San Francisco Community Music Center and on the Old First Concerts series.
Mark is active as a teaching artist, primarily with the San Francisco Opera Guild, leading programming that helps young people to understand and get excited by opera and performance. Away from the stage he is a non-profiteer and writer.