Ian Walker is a Los Angeles-based baritone with diverse experience in traditional and contemporary operatic and concert repertoire. His 2016/17 season brings return and debut engagements across the West coast. Walker makes his company and role debuts in February as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette with Center Stage Opera. A recent graduate of the Herb Alpert School of Music, Ian returns to the UCLA stage in June as a guest artist for his role debut as Edmund Bertram in Dove’s Mansfield Park. He returns to Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West in July as soloist for the world debut of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing Suite, as well as the festival’s 70th Anniversary season production of L’elisir d’amore, conducted by Speranza Scappucci and directed by James Darrah. Walker made his debut at Music Academy in 2016 in the role of David for Aucoin’s chamber opera Second Nature, as well as the role of Krušina in The Bartered Bride.
A seasoned recitalist, Walker begins the season this September in a co-production of Richard Steiger’s Nimbus with The Industry and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He appears with The Industry multiple times throughout the season, including in February for scenes of The Former World and Balls, and a concert performance of A. N. McIntosh’s new work Bonnie and Clyde. He appears with Bach in the Subways in April as soloist for both Himmel Reisse and Komm Susses Kreuz. Additional operatic performances include the roles of Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Escamillo in The Tragedy of Carmen, Luciano in Musto’s Bastianello, and Ignatio in Bolcom’s Lucrezia. He has appeared as soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia, the Hear Now Festival, CalArts New Century Players, and the WasteLand concert series. Walker is the second-place winner of the 2016 Walter Jurmann Competition and the recipient of the Mimi A. Feldman Scholarship from UCLA. He currently resides in Los Angeles California.