Mark Hernandez

Champion, Opera Parallèle, February 2016:

“Tenor Mark Hernandez, a regular in San Francisco Bay Area smaller opera companies, made an impression as a ring announcer who introduces scenes and eventually breaks into song.”
– Harvey Steiman in Seen and Heard International

“A ringmaster (Mark Hernandez) supplies haunting wisps of narration”
– Steven Winn in San Francisco Classical Voice

“Mark Hernandez introduces scenes in a ring announcer's patter.” – Suzanne Weiss in Culture Vulture

Dead Man Walking, Opera Parallèle, February 2015:

“Everyone in the production [has a terrific voice], the entire cast of thousands. Did I mention that? The uniformly excellent singing was so evident as to be almost unremarkable, like the fine crystal glass holding a rich and complex wine.”
– Jaime Robles in Bach Track

The Lariat, ScolaVox, January 2015:

“Tenor Mark Hernandez inhabited the part of Ishka’s half-native suitor, Ruiz, with bright top notes and great energy.”
– Adam Broner in Repeat Performances

“Also worthy of note is the half-Spanish, half-Essalen cowboy Ruiz played by Mark Hernandez, who exits with a bear.”
Civic Center

The End of the Affair, West Edge Opera, August 2014:

“Nicely acting tenor”
– Niels Swinkels in the San Francisco Classical Voice

“An excellent, fully committed cast…. The singers poured themselves into the performance…. Mark Hernandez was a bright Mr. Parkis…”
– Georgia Rowe in the San Jose Mercury News

Kurt Weill: Berlin, Paris, New York, Symphony Silicon Valley, January 2013:

“The other vocal roles [in Kurt Weill’s
The Seven Deadly Sins] — a quartet representing Anna’s family, who make wry comments on her progress at key intervals — were sung with robust energy and tonal assurance by tenors Joseph Meyers and Mark Hernandez, baritone Jordan Shanahan, and bass Kirk Eichelberger. The singers also excelled in the second half’s set of songs composed by Weill in New York…. [mining] the comic possibilities of ‘The Trouble With Women.’” – Georgia Rowe in the San Jose Mercury News

Le Nozze di Figaro, Mendocino Music Festival, July 2008:

“Laughs galore...and out of this world singing”
Mendocino Beacon

Trap Door, The Lab, June 2008:

“The voices, singing, and interactions of the performers are stunning.... Singing by these performers is of professional quality, as indeed it should be with such local luminaries as Clifton Romig and Mark Hernandez....[who] provide the richest vocals.”
San Francisco Bay Times

Dia de Reyes Series, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, January 2008:

“Hernandez sang a mesmerizing 14th-century Sephardic song,
Cuando el Rey Nimrod... His singing, sinuous in sound, ornamental, using expressive scoops and bent notes, was well-adapted to the unique sound and style of the accompanying oud...” San Francisco Classical Voice

America Tropical, Thick Description, May 2007:

“Scenes from Los Angeles' founding crowd in upon Mark Hernandez's commanding Siqueiros as his burnished-gold tenor ruminates on what the wall's stones sing about the city's forgotten founders.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Sung with appropriately formidable presence by a swaggering, tempestuous Mark Hernandez” San Francisco Bay Guardian

“A strong and rich tenor”San Francisco Bay Times

“Performed with emotional nuance” San Francisco Weekly

La Fanciulla del West, Berkeley Opera, July 2006:

“Among the supporting cast, Mark Hernandez’s Nick took the honors, musically and dramatically.” San Francisco Classical Voice

Falstaff, Berkeley Opera, January 2006:

“One could only the truly standout Bardolfo of Mark Hernandez... Hernandez [delivers] winning physicality and unceasing attention to character, anchored by secure, attractive vocalism.” Opera News

“I cannot remember a more effective Bardolfo-Pistola pair than found in Berkeley, courtesy of Mark Hernandez and Isaiah Musik-Ayala… [Hernandez] is a lively, robust personality.”San Francisco Classical Voice

Candide, Lamplighters, April 2005:

“A marvelous singer as well as a splendid actor.... Mark Hernandez offered up a genuine roué as a forked-tongued South American dictator with a real handlebar mustache.”
– Napa News

“Top drawer...[a] powerful voice” Talkin Broadway

Le Nozze di Figaro, Pocket Opera, March 2004:

“Mark Hernandez gave a fine, understated Basilio, the palace gossip…”
Napa News

Firebird Motel, Thick Description, November 2003:

“The vocal talent that Thick’s director, Tony Kelly, and his company have assembled would be an impressive accomplishment at a much larger theater…. Ivan, the chronically depressed night clerk, [was] beautifully sung by tenor Mark Hernandez…. All the singers are outstanding in their ability to invest their potently sung passages with distinct characterizations and dramatic immediacy... The performers' voices wrap around each other to spine-tingling effect.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“As Ivan, tenor Mark Hernandez gave a heartfelt performance…” Classics Today

“A gutsy performance…”San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Beautifully sung…” Oakland Tribune

La Périchole, West Bay Opera, May 2003:

“An excellent singer… his comic acting is outstanding”
San Mateo County Times

“A hoot” San Francisco Classical Voice

“A standout” Classical Voice

Old First Concerts, June 2002:

“A clear and convincing soloist”
San Francisco Classical Voice

Youth Education Programs:

“Thank you so much for everything. Your warmth and wonderful manner with the children make this the highlight of our year. Truly. I hope we can do it again next year.”
– Educator, on Mark's leadership of a multi-week in-school residency at a Marin County elementary school, Spring 2011

“Please extend my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the performers in the Opera à la Carte cast. They are always so patient and professional with the student actors; they put everyone at ease.”
– Educator, on Mark's work at a Santa Rosa elementary school, Fall 2009

“My daughter is in your after school program. I didn't realize she was learning The Magic Flute with you, and only found out two days before I took her to see the full production at the Opera House. She proceeded to tell me the whole story, with character names, etc. It was WONDERFUL. She listened! She learned! She remembered! She got it!” Parent, on Mark's K-2 after-school program at a San Francisco public elementary school, Fall 2007

“Thank you so very much for making opera come alive for our students.... You haven't just introduced opera to these children, you've made opera lovers out of them, and me!” — Principal on Mark's work with a summer school program at a San Mateo County public elementary school, Summer 2006

“My students are a tough bunch, but you seemed to keep their attention really well. Thank you for all of your hard work. We really enjoyed it.” — Teacher on Mark's residency at an Oakland public high school, June 2006

“I can't thank you enough for your dedication to this kind of project. I hope we can continue to expand our mission in just such directions. You’re a double threat—educator and performer—and it's a winning combination!” — Arts administrator on Mark's work as a teaching artist, June 2006