Walter R. Swan is a native of Hazlehurst (It), Mississippi. Praised by fellow native Mississippian and opera legend, Leontyne Price to “look and sing like a prince”, Kathleen Battle who stated that he has a “beautiful speaking voice”, and by former Metropolitan Opera affiliate, Charlie Reicker as the “Total Package”, Swan makes his mainstage opera debut as Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Virginia Opera.
Swan earned performance and/or pedagogy degrees from Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS; Mississippi College, Clinton, MS; and the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS. He now maintains an active performance career and serves on faculty as an Associate Professor of Voice and as the Director of Choral Activities at Elizabeth City State University.
Notable solo performance credits include: H.M.S. Pinafore (Boatswain, Captain); Four Note Opera (The Baritone); Handel – Messiah; Mozart – Requiem, Veni Sancti Spiritus, K.47, Missa Brevis in D-dur K. 65, Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339, Coronation Mass, K. 317; Haydn – Mass in the Time of War; Puccini – Messa di Gloria; Moses Hogan Singers – This Little Light of Mine, New Orleans (recorded).
Recently returning from performances in Bulgaria and Greece, Swan can be heard as a recitalist as well as on his recording of spirituals entitled “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands” that has now reached international acclaim. Mr. Swan continues to strive as an aspiring artist and gives all credit to the Almighty and those who have paved the way to create a less rigorous journey for today’s artists. His motto is: “I live not only for myself; but, for those who will come after and for those who wish to walk with me along the way.”