New England First Place Winner, 2008
National Council Winner, 2008
Edward Parks was awarded Third Prize in Placido Domingo’s 2015 Operalia Competition, and will be presented in the organization’s “The Voices of 2015” concert in Hungary this year. In the 2015-2016 season the baritone also makes debuts with Virginia Opera as Marcello in La bohème and Des Moines Metro Opera as Ford in Falstaff, returns to Atlanta Opera as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette and to the Met to cover Schaunard in La bohème, and performs music of the American composer Ben Moore for the Van Cliburn Foundation in Fort Worth. Last season at the Met Edward appeared as the Flemish Deputy in Don Carlo and covered Schaunard and the First Priest in Die Zauberflöte, and took on the role of Laurent in Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera’s co-production of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin. He also joined the American Repertory Theater to sing one performance and cover Walt Whitman in Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing, returned to Carnegie’s Zankel Hall to perform selections from Schubert’s “Schwanengesang” for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, performed Poulenc with the Brooklyn Art Song Society, and sang Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Prague Proms International Music Festival.
A native of Indiana, PA, Edward received his Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatoryand his Masters from Yale University, appearing there as Marcello, Jupiter in Orphée au Enfers, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. At the Music Academy of the West in 2006, he sang the role of Don Prudenzio in Il viaggio a Reims. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Ed made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2009-2010 season as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and has since appeared as Larkens in La fancuilla del West, Schaunard at home and in Tokyo and Nagoya during the Met’s 2011 tour of Japan, and Périchaud in La rondine, while covering roles in Il barbieri di Siviglia and Otello. Other engagements have included Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at Michigan Opera Theater, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at PORTopera, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Ford in Falstaff and Almaviva with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. In 2013-2014 he made his Atlanta Opera debut as Valentin in Faust and sang Almaviva with Central City Opera. As a member of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in an evening of songs by Charles Ives, and sang Schubert’s “Winterreise” at both the Schubert Club in St. Paul and in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
In addition to his 2015 Third Prize and a Zarzuela prize in the Operalia Competition, Edward was a Third Prize winner in the 2013 Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition for Young Opera Singers, and a First Place winner at the 2010 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition. He has also received awards from the George London Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, the Connecticut Opera, the Palm Beach Opera Competition and the Music Academy of the West. Early distinctions included First Place at the Columbus International Vocal Competition XXIV, the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award of the Oberlin faculty, and the Dorothy S. Kish Prize for the outstanding first year student of opera at Yale.
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