As Scarpia:

“Mark Rucker, always a favorite with New Orleans audiences, was a darkly menacing Baron Scarpia. His bold and colorful baritone is commanding. Such is his stage presence that he remained the focal point even in the grand splendor of the elaborate "Te Deum" scene closing the first act." - The Times-Picayune

“The incomparable Mark Rucker, brought his mighty Verdi baritone back to play the evil chief of police, Baron Scarpia, with sinister stoicism and a menacing voice that frighten children and household pets alike. " - The Grand Rapids Press