As Amonasro in Aïda:

“Mark Rucker's Amonasro featured both strong stage presence and potent vocal tehnique.” -Opera News

“The only real actor in the cast was the excellent Mark Rucker, a vibrant and intense Amonasro.” - Opera

“Mark Rucker's Amonasro was commanding in every respect, his presence especially welcome among principals who acted like part of an Egyptian frieze.” - Opera News

“The Amonasro of Mark Rucker was nearly her (Leona Mitchell) equal, and his powerful and splendid voice filled the house.” - Opera

“But for power and range, none can touch American baritone Mark Rucker, playing Amonasro, the Ethiopian king. He reaches over the footlights, superb as actor and vocal magician, to convey anger, tender love, and even trepidation.”

“As Amonasro, Aida's father and King of Ethiopia, baritone Mark Rucker was superb. His voice is large and resonant with a very easy top and a true Verdian sound. He was insinuating and forceful in his great scene with Aida on the backs of the Nile. Verdi scores some of his loudest and densest orchestral passages in this scene and Mr. Rucker rode the waves like a true champ. He captured the noble and proud character of the warrior king both vocally and dramatically, maing his moments on the stage among the most persuasive highlights of the evening.” -

“Amonasro, Mark Rucker, was excellent.” - The Boston Globe