Alamo City Opera artistic director Mark Richter dies at 51
Opera and concert producer Mark Richter has died, according to Alamo City Opera music director Kristin Roach.
Richter, most recently the artistic director of the Alamo City Opera, was an old-school impresario who often was able to overcome long odds and the doubts of naysayers to produce shows, mostly operas, an art form that often struggles to find support.
He was 51.
“He was tenacious,” Roach said, “with the kind of vision and passion necessary to bring opera to San Antonio that no one else could match.”
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Richter, who grew up on the Southeast Side, had a rich tenor voice. In 1992, he founded San Antonio’s Three Tenors operatic singing group, inspired by the similarly named group of the the 1990s and early 2000s that featured Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Placido Domingo.
He launched Pocket Opera in 1995 on a shoestring budget. It eventually changed its name to Lyric Opera of San Antonio and, later, San Antonio Opera. He was able to bring such luminaries to San Antonio as Domingo, Andrea Bochelli, Roberta Peters and Patti Lupone.