American mezzo-soprano Gloria Parker is critically acclaimed in both contemporary and standard operatic and musical theater repertoire, as well as several roles she created in world premiere. The Washington Post praises her as "...a sensitive and conscientious musician," and the New York Times calls her "solid" in performance. She performs around the globe in signature roles such as Maddalena in Rigoletto, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann, Marguerite in The Damnation of Faust, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Mrs. DeRocher in Dead Man Walking, Baba the Turk in The Rake's Progress, Jenny Diver in Threepenny Opera, the title role in La Perichole, Maillika in Lakme, as well as Kate in Kiss Me, Kate! with companies such as the Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, among many others.
Ms. Parker recently triumphed in the role of Hippolyta A Midsummer Night's Dream for Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, a role she repeated for Pittsburgh Opera, and in her London debut as featured soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. She also has performed with New York City Opera as Mrs. DeRocher in Dead Man Walking and in Dialogues of the Carmelites, and toured to Tokyo & Nagoya with NYCO on their tour of Little Women. Likewise, she most recently received unanimous praise for her portrayal in Street Scene with Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Opera News calls her "The clear standout in the large backup ensemble...hilariously deadpan portrayal of the wise-cracking know-it-all Emma Jones."
Engagements for the 2006-2007 Season and beyond include Henrietta in I Puritani with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with Seattle Opera, Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus with Opera Carolina, Duenna in the world premiere of David DiChiera and Bernard Uzan's Cyrano with the Michigan Opera Theatre and Opera Company of Philadelphia, Lady Sangazure in The Sorceror with BARD Music Festival, and Shreker's Der Ferne Klang in concert with the American Symphony Orchestra.
Creating the role of Dahlia in Stewart Copeland's Holyblood and Crescent Moon, Ms. Parker performed both in the world premiere with Cleveland Opera and subsequent performances with Fort Worth Opera. She also created the title role of Sandra in a world premiere of David MacIntyre's The Architect with Vancouver Opera. Other recent performances include Marquise de Birkenfeld in La Fille du Regiment with the Todi Music Festival, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with both Minnesota Opera and Fort Worth Opera, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette with Washington Opera, Kate in Kiss Me Kate with Augusta Opera, Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with Michigan Opera Theatre, Mrs. Grose in Ken Cazan's production of Turn of the Screw with Opera Omaha, Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with Pittsburgh Opera, and her debut with Arizona Opera as Jenny Diver/Narrator in Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera.
Ms. Parker made her Avery Fisher Hall debut as the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as staged performances in New York of Stravinsky's Pulcinella. Other orchestral appearances include performances of Mozart's Requiem at Carnegie Hall, as well as featured engagements with The London Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, The Little Orchestra Society of New York, Richmond Symphony, Oklahoma Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and with Riverside Symphonia in a Mendelssohn program of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Ms. Parker made her Broadway debut as Julie Laverne opposite Donald O'Connor in Showboat, a role she performed with Houston Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Minnesota Opera and the Broadway Company National Tour. She made her Hamburg Staatsoper debut as Claire de Loone in Leonard Bernstein's On The Town to great acclaim. Other musical theatre roles include; Madame Giry Phantom of the Opera in a world tour, Anita West Side Story at the Caramoor Festival, Abbess The Sound of Music, Nettie Carousel, and the Stepmother Into The Woods.
Opera Carolina Performances:
Die Fledermaus (2007–2008)