Derrick Parker - Alidoro
Hailed by Opera News for his “vividly flavored vocalism” and “tall and commanding” presence, Derrick Parker debuts with both the San Francisco Symphony and Houston Symphony singing Messiah in the 2006-07 season. He also returns to Virginia Opera as Claudio in Agrippina and Pensacola Opera for Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro as well as sings his first performances of the High Priest in Samson et Dalila with Orlando Opera. In addition, he sings his first performances of Crown in Porgy & Bess in South Africa and Sweden and repeats the role with the Duluth Superior Symphony. On the concert stage he joins the Santa Cruz Symphony for performances of Tippett’s A Child of Our Time.
In the 2005-06 season, he sang his first performances of Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia in a return to Utah Symphony & Opera and also returned to Lyric Opera of Kansas City for Zuniga in Carmen (a role he also sang with Pensacola Opera) and Opera Birmingham for Leporello in Don Giovanni. He also sang Colline in La Bohème with Fort Worth Opera, Figaro with Chautauqua Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Granite State Opera, and the Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with Madison Opera. His performances on the concert stage include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 Evansville Philharmonic and Messiah with the Sioux City Symphony.
Mr. Parker marked his European operatic debut with performances of Mel in Anthony McDonald’s The Knot Garden at the Scottish Opera. His other recent performances include Colline with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Shreveport Opera; Masetto in Don Giovanni with Houston Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, and student performances with Dallas Opera; and Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia with Chicago Opera Theatre. Other performances to his credit are the title role in Don Giovanni and Figaro with Spokane Opera; Pizarro in Fidelio with Virginia Opera; Sam in Un ballo in maschera with Palm Beach Opera, Leporello with Wolf Trap Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and the Preacher in Treemonisha with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Monterone in Rigoletto with Berkshire Opera.
A sought-after interpreter of the Baroque repertoire, Mr. Parker has also joined Chicago Opera Theater for Lucifer in performances of La Resurrezione conducted by Jane Glover, Claudio in Agrippina with Emanuelle Haim, and Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea directed by Mark Lamos. Following his Glimmerglass Opera debut as Antinoo in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, he was re-engaged by the company for Claudio in Agrippina in performances conducted by Harry Bicket. His first performances of Achilla in Giulio Cesare were with Utah Symphony & Opera in a production directed by James Robinson. He has also sung Caronte in Orfeo with Houston Grand Opera and Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea with Wolf Trap Opera. In baroque concert repertoire, he recently joined Jane Glover for performances of Messiah at SUNY Purchase and has also sung the work with the Sioux City Symphony. He also joined Emannuelle Haim and Le Concert d’Astrée as a soloist in performances of Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus touring France and Spain.
Also on the concert stage, he has previously sung A Child of Our Time with the Santa Rosa Symphony and Jeffrey Kahane. He has joined both the Dallas Symphony and Pacific Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, the Rochester Philharmonic for Bach’s Magnificat and a concert of Gilbert & Sullivan highlights, Poland’s Sinfonia Cracovia for Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess Suite, and both the National Symphony Orchestra and Houston Symphony for concerts of opera favorites.
Derrick Parker is the recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation as well as a Sullivan Foundation Award. Among his other awards are prizes from the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation and Liederkrantz Foundation. He is a former member of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio Program as well as Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program, Wolf Trap Opera’ Filene Young Artist Program, and the programs of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Chautauqua Opera. He holds a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music where he sang Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, his first performances of Collatinus, and Voltaire and Pangloss in Candide and earned his Bachelor of Music from Florida State University.