The Pennsylvania-born baritone will be heard this season in his debut at Spain’s Ópera de Oviedo (Belcore/L’elisir d’amore) and his return to Atlanta Opera (Escamillo/Carmen). Last season brought appearances as Mercutio/Romeo and Juliet with the Opéra de Monte Carlo on tour in Oman, Count Almaviva/The Marriage of Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Marcello/La bohème with Minnesota Opera, and Escamillo/Carmen with Nashville Opera. Parks garnered considerable international attention last summer creating the title role/Mason Bates’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at The Santa Fe Opera. Previous highlights include his return to the Metropolitan Opera for La bohème, The Magic Flute, and Don Carlo, debuts at Atlanta Opera (Valentin/Faust) and Central City Opera (Count Almaviva), and performances at Maine’s PORT Opera (Marcello, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly), Michigan Opera Theatre (Zurga/The Pearl Fishers), and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (Ford/Falstaff, Count Almaviva). Parks received his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and his master of music degree from Yale University. A national winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, he was named a first-place winner at the 2010 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and has received awards from foundations including the George London Foundation and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Lyric debut: Valentin/ Faust
Last updated: March 3, 2018