Edward Parks Baritone
About Edward ParksBaritone Edward Parks has been hailed by Opera News for his “warm, velvety baritone” and the New York Times for providing “precision, sensitivity and nuance in abundance” and a “robust, earthy voice.” He was awarded 3rd prize in Placido Domingo’s 2015 Operalia Competition and was presented in the organization’s “The Voices of 2015” concert in Hungary. Last season included debuts with Virginia Opera as Marcello in La bohème and Des Moines Metro Opera as Ford in Falstaff, a return to Atlanta Opera as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, a performance of the music of composer Ben Moore with The Cliburn and Escamillo in Carmen with PortOpera. His 2016-2017 season included performances as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Metropolitan Opera, Mercutio with Opéra de Monte Carlo on tour in Oman, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Marcello in La bohème with Minnesota Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Nashville Opera, and the title role in the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera. Future seasons include performances with Opera Oviedo in Spain, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Atlanta Opera, Portland Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera.
Recent engagements include his return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, and Don Carlo, Laurent in Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera’s co-production of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, performing in recital with Susan Graham for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Prague Proms International Music Festival and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, debuts at the Atlanta Opera as Valentin in Faust and Central City Opera as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La bohème at PORT Opera, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Michigan Opera Theater, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at PORTopera, Ford in Falstaff and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.