GRAMMY® Award-winning Baritone 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. The 2018-2019 season included a return to Minnesota Opera as Audebert in Silent Night, a revival of his Escamillo in Carmen with the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in Japan, and Valentin in Faust with Opera San Antonio. The 2019-2020 season sees him as the cover of Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Lyric Opera of Chicago and New Israeli Opera, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Hawaii Opera Theatre, Jack Torrance in The Shining with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with San Francisco Opera.


A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Mr. Parks made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2009-2010 season as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and has since appeared as Schaunard in La bohème and as Larkens in La fancuilla del West, which was broadcast in HD around the world. He also appeared as Schaunard in the Met’s 2011 tour of Japan. Recent engagements include the title role in the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, the recording of which earned him a GRAMMY® Award.

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"Recent Grammy winner Edward Parks, a baritone, impressed as a protective, soldierly older brother to Marguerite...while mezzo-soprano Alissa Anderson was sassy as Marguerite’s neighbor. . .  The San Antonio Symphony in the pit played with gravity and balance under gue...


"Wolverton, a Minnesota native who originated the role in 2011, was impressive as the dignified and fiercely protective Anna. Her warm tone and precision was just right in the a capella "Dona nobis pacem" that ends Act I. . .  The most striking vocal performance came f...


"As his partner Anna Sørensen, Karin Wolverton reprised the part she sang in 2011, including an impassioned account of her anguished Act Two aria...The nuanced, cultured singing of baritone Edward Parks, as the French Lt. Audebert, was another vocal highlight of the ev...


"Edward Parks’s high baritone and commanding presence made it easy to see why Carmen would abandon Don José for his Escamillo. David Crawford played a dashing Lieutenant Zuniga" -Opera News

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"Edward Parks made a welcome Lyric debut with his beautifully vocalized Valentin. Annie Rosen was a pert Siébel who soared above the staff with ease."
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