2019–20 Season: Title role, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Hailed by the New York Times for his “robust, earthy voice,” baritone Edward Parks makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Steve Jobs, the role he created at the 2017 world premiere with the Santa Fe Opera. His recent engagements also include Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night at Minnesota Opera, Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore in Spain with Ópera de Oviedo, Inman in Cold Mountain with North Carolina Opera and Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Metropolitan Opera. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, his roles with that company include Schaunard in La Bohème and Jim Larkens La Fanciulla del West.
He has performed a broad repertory of roles internationally, including Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Carmen, Ford in Falstaff, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Marcello in La Bohème, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
As a concert singer, he has performed Schubert’s Winterreise at Carnegie Hall, was featured in recital with Susan Graham for the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and is a prize winner at many competitions, including Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the George London Foundation and the Marilyn Horne Foundation.
Parks holds music degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University.