Opera Theater Dept.
Music Director of Senior Opera Theater and Vocal Coach
Internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Recent credits include Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica in Argentina; Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and the Banff Centre in Canada; Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for the Atlanta Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges for the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. Upcoming engagements include the world premiere of John Musto’s latest opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt—a coproduction of On Site Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Lyric Unlimited, and Pittsburgh Opera—and Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Tampa.
Maestro Parodi is Music Director of the Senior Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music, where he has led its productions to critical acclaim, including Schubert’s Die Verschworenen—praised by the New York Times as “superbly performed”—and the American premieres of Délibes’s Le Roi l’a dit and Paisiello’s Nina. He has been named Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg (Virginia), where he has conducted Rigoletto, Il trovatore, L’elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, La cenerentola, and Le nozze di Figaro, among other titles.
Described by the New York Daily News as having “the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski,” Argentinean born Jorge Parodi has worked with such companies as the Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Volgograd Opera in Russia, the Encuentros Internacionales de Opera in Mexico, the Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy in Japan, and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel. He has collaborated with such artists as Isabel Leonard, Eglise Gutiérrez, Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, Aprile Millo, and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel, among others.
Among many performances during his tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, the only company in the United States focused on the Hispanic vocal repertoire, Maestro Parodi conducted Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for the Opera Hispánica Festival ’13, which the New York Times described as “excellent.”
Maestro Parodi also conducted historically informed performances of Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and a concert performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center that Opera News praised as “a fully convincing presentation.” Other New York credits include productions of The Beggar’s Opera, La Doriclea, The Ghost of Versailles, La vida breve, El amor brujo, Riders to the Sea, Camilla, Apollo e Dafne, Don Giovanni, and La vie parisienne.