s Sharpless in Madama Butterfly:

“As the American consul Sharpless, baritone Mark Rucker impressed with his rich voice and authoritative portrayal.” - The Hartford Courant

“Mark Rucker as Sharpless, the U.S. Consul to Nagasaki, sang with opulent tone and dramatic intensity. Baritones don't get any better than this. His Sharpless was compassionate and sympathetic, not stiff and wooden as some.” - Springfield (MA) Union-News

“And the role of Sharpless, Pinkerton's American confident and consul, was magnificently performed by Mark Rucker.” - Ansonia (CT) Evening Sentinel