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.