Derrick Parker

Professional Experience

Hailed by Opera News for his “vividly flavored vocalism” and “tall and commanding” presence, Atlanta native, bass-baritone Derrick Parker impresses audiences around the globe.  Performances in the 2008-09 season included Alidoro in La cenerentola with Fort Worth Opera and Escamillo in Carmen with Opera Santa Barbara. He also sang Haydn’s Creation with the Atlanta Symphony under the baton of Robert Spano, Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Mass with the Utah Symphony, as well as Messiah with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. Last season, he returned to Fort Worth Opera for Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Chautauqua Opera as Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. He sang Alidoro in La cenerentola with Portland Opera and reprised the role in a return to Utah Opera as well as sang Colline in La bohème with Cleveland Opera. In the summer of 2008, he returned to join Cape Town Opera on tour in Oslo and Berlin, reprising Crown in Porgy and Bess.

Mr. Parker marked his European operatic debut with performances of Mel in Tippett’s The Knot Garden at the Scottish Opera and recently sang Crown in Porgy and Bess with Cape Town Opera on tour in Sweden as well as in Africa.  Other recent performances include Colline in La bohème with Fort Worth Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Escamillo in Carmen with Chautauqua Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Houston Grand Opera, New Orleans Opera, and  Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia with Chicago Opera Theatre. Other performances to his credit are Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro with Pensacola Opera, Opera North and Chautauqua Opera, Pizarro in Fidelio with Virginia Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Granite State Opera, High Priest in Samson et Dalila with Orlando Opera, Sam in Un ballo in maschera with Palm Beach Opera, Leporello in Don Giovanni with Opera Birmingham and Wolf Trap Opera, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers with Utah Opera at the Deer Valley Music Festival. 

No stranger to Spokane, he has performed numerous times with Spokane Opera including title roles in both The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, and most recently as Sarastro in The Magic Flute.

Derrick Parker is the recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant  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’s Filene Young Artist Program, and a studio artist with Chautauqua Opera. He holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and Bachelor of Music from Florida State University. He is currently on the voice faculty at Gonzaga University.