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.
His 2017-2018 season included Inman in Cold Mountain with North Carolina Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Oviedo in Spain, Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera of Chicago and Portland Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Atlanta Opera, and a return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the Count in Le nozze di Figaro as well as concerts with the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the Winter Chamber Festival.
The 2018-2019 season includes a return to Minnesota Opera as Audebert in Silent Night and a revival of his Escamillo in Carmen with the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in Japan.
Recent engagements include the title role in the world premiere of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, Mercutio with Opera de Monte Carlo on tour in Oman, the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Marcello in La bohème with Minnesota Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with Nashville Opera, his return to the Metropolitan Opera for productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte, and Don Carlo, Laurent in Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera’s co-production of Tobias Picker’s Thérèse Raquin, performing in recital with Susan Graham for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, debuts at the Atlanta Opera as Valentin in Faust and Central City Opera as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La bohème and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at PORT Opera, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles at the Michigan Opera Theater, and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.