Recipient of a 2019 GRAMMY award, 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 third prize in Placido Domingo’s 2015 Operalia Competition and was presented in the organization’s “The Voices of 2015” concert in Hungary. In the 2021-2022 season Mr. Parks joins Andrea Bocelli on a national tour, performing in dozens of venues including New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Also in 2022, he reprises Jack Torrance in The Shining with Opera Colorado and brings his Marcello in La bohème to Michigan Opera Theater. His 2019-2020 season included the cover of Joseph De Rocher in Dead Man Walking with Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Hawaii Opera Theatre in addition to cancelled or postponed performances of The Shining with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the title role in 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. He was also slated to join the Met for their production of Billy Budd in 2021, cancelled due to COVID-19.