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Jorge Parodi



Internationally acclaimed conductor Jorge Parodi has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.  Credits include Bizet’s Carmen and Les pêcheurs de perles, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Tampa; Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires for New York City Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Opera Hispánica and Opera Grand Rapids; Rodriguez’ Frida for The Atlanta Opera; Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lírica (Argentina); Britten's The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and The Banff Centre (Canada); Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann for Opera Orlando; ¡Figaro!(90210) for Chautauqua Opera; Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges for The Juilliard School; and the World Premiéres of Anton Coppola’s Lady Swanwhite for Opera Tampa, and John Musto’s Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt in a coproduction of On Site Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago Lyric’s Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera-.  This season he returned to Opera Orlando for Strauss’s Die Fledermaus and to The Atlanta Opera for Three-penny Carmen, in a world-premiere production of adaptation of Bizet’s masterpiece by Tomer Zvulun and Maestro Parodi.  Upcoming engagements include his return to Opera Tampa for Les Contes d’Hoffmann and his debuts at Amarillo Opera for their Gala, El Paso Opera with Frida and Gulfshore Opera with Die Fledermaus and Tosca.


Also accomplished in the concert halls, Maestro Parodi has worked with a wide range of ensembles, as the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica del Michoacán (Mexico), the NHK Symphony (Japan), the Ensamble XXI and the Orquesta del Conservatorio Nacional (Argentina), the Castleton Festival Orchestra, the Metamorphosis Chamber Orchestra, the Ensemble Zipoli for the American Baroque, and the Juilliard Pre College Orchestra among others.


Reviewed as having "the most expressive conducting hands since Stokowski" by the New York Daily News, 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.


Recently, Maestro Parodi was appointed General and Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, the only company in the United Sates focused on the Hispanic vocal repertoire and on the Latino perspective. Among many performances during his tenure as Artistic Director of Opera Hispánica, maestro Parodi performed with such artists as Eglise Gutiérrez and Metropolitan Opera star, Isabel Leonard.  He conducted OH Festival’s production of Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires which The New York Times described as "excellent."  He opened Opera Hispánica 21/22 season with a production of de Falla’s El amor brujo featuring Nancy Fabiola Herrera in collaboration with Teatro Grattacielo and will present the American premiere of the first Guarani opera, Diego Sanchez Hasse’s Ñomongeta, in coproduction with the Americas Society and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.


Maestro Parodi is the Music Director of the Senior Opera Theatre at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has led its productions to critical acclaim, including Schubert's Die Verschworenen --that the New York Times praised as being "superbly performed” and the American premieres of Le Roi l’a dit by Délibes and Nina by Paisiello. His work with MSM Senior Opera Theater was featured in an interview published in the March ’18 edition of Opera News.  Parodi is also the Music Director of Opera in Williamsburg (Virginia), where he has conducted Rigoletto, Il trovatore, L'elisir d’amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, La cenerentola and Così fan tutte, among other titles.  The company is currently embarked in a film production of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, featuring internationally acclaimed countertenor Nicholas Tamagna.


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, Orphée aux Enfers, and La vie parisienne. 


Mr. Parodi has been a faculty member at The Juilliard School for over a decade and is Vocal Coach of the premier Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. He has been recently appointed Music Director of the International Summer Opera Festival of Morelia (Mexico), and he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy Summer Workshop, an intense program for pianists and singers in the early stages of their professional career.  He also works regularly as conductor and coach at the Savannah Voice Festival, a branch of the VOICExperience, an institution dedicated to the development of individuals in the vocal arts field under the direction of Sherrill Milnes.  He was a long time faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, one of the world’s foremost summer opera training programs. With IVAI he taught at the Nagano Opera Master Class (Japan) and at the Inaugural Opera Master Class in conjunction with China National Opera (Beijing).  He has also been a faculty member of Artescenica (Mexico), and the International Institute of Vocal Arts (Puerto Rico).  He has offered master classes at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Manhattan School of Music (as coteacher with opera legend Martina Arroyo), the Escuela Superior de Canto (Madrid), the Kunitachi Music College (Tokyo) and Senzoku Gakuen Music College (Tokyo).


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 Masters degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan as a full-scholarship student of the eminent accompanist, Martin Katz. He participated in the recording of the complete edition of the music for piano by Muzio Clementi with Denon Essentials and is featured in recordings for Albany Records and MSR Classics.

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