Argentinean conductor Jorge Parodi, reviewed as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski’s” (New York Daily News), has worked as conductor, coach, or repetiteur at the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Banff Centre (Canada), SIVAM (Mexico), Opera Tampa, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Connecticut Grand Opera, Lake George Opera Festival, Hofstra University, and New York University. He has collaborated with Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, Julius Rudel, and Rufus Wainwright and was assistant conductor to Maestro Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in Virginia.
As Music Director of the Senior Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music, he has conducted productions to critical acclaim. The New York Times praised the recent production of Schubert’s Die Verschworenen as “superbly performed” and said of the U.S. premiere of Paisiello’s Nina, “the opera played beautifully, with graceful music throughout, sonorous choruses and a radiant finale.” Also at Manhattan School of Music, he has led the Graduate Opera Scenes program and conducted historically informed performances of Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the MSM Summer Voice Festival.
Maestro Parodi was recently appointed Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica. Last season marked the company’s inaugural Opera Hispánica Festival, in which he performed with Eglise Gutiérrez and Isabel Leonard and conducted OH’s production of Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires at le Poisson Rouge.
Mr. Parodi is Vocal Coach of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and a faculty member of V.O.I.C.Experience, a vocal workshop under the direction of Sherrill Milnes. He has been a long-time faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute, where he taught at the Nagano Opera Master Class (Japan) and the inaugural opera master class in conjunction with China National Opera (Beijing). He has offered master classes at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires) and the Escuela Superior de Canto (Madrid).
A prizewinner at the Bienal de Arte of Buenos Aires, Mr. Parodi completed studies in conducting and piano performance at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música of Buenos Aires. He holds a Master’s degree in accompanying and chamber music from the University of Michigan as a full-scholarship student of Martin Katz. He participated in the recording of the complete edition of music for piano by Muzio Clementi with the German label Aurophon and is featured in recordings for Albany Records and MSR Classics.