This season baritone Edward Parks makes his debut at the Atlanta Opera as Valentin in Faust. He recently made his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Duruflé Requiem and appeared as Marcello in La bohème at PORT 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 on the Met’s 2011 tour of Japan. Other recent engagements have included Zurga in The Pearl Fishers at the Michigan Opera Theater, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly at PORT Opera, Ford in Falstaff and Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Schubert’s Winterreise at both the Schubert Club in St. Paul and in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Count Almaviva at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, his Carnegie Hall debut in an evening of songs by Charles Ives, Count Almaviva and Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore at Oberlin Conservatory, and Marcello, Jupiter in Orphée aux Enfers, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at Yale Opera. He is also a member of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which has presented him in recital in New York, and has participated in the Ravinia Festival’s prestigious Steans Institute for Young Artists. ... read full bio