Jorge Parodi is the Vocal Coach of The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. He has been an Associate Coach and an Accompanist in the Department of Vocal Arts since 1998. He is also a Vocal Coach at the Manhattan School of Music. As the vocal coach/assistant conductor of the Brooklyn College Opera Theater he is in charge of the musical preparation of their main-stage productions, most recently the world premiere of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied.
He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University. As Music Director of its opera productions, he conducted the New York premiere of Giovanni Bononcini’s Camilla, for which he reconstructed, orchestrated and edited the score. In previous seasons, he has conducted Riders to the Sea (Vaughan Williams) and A game of Chance (by Seymour Barab). As an Adjunct Professor he teaches Vocal Chamber Music Class, which includes works from the traditional repertoire for voices and piano as well as music for voice and other instruments.
He has worked as coach and repetiteur at the Teatro Col?n (Buenos Aires, Opera Company of Philadelphia, and Connecticut Grand Opera. He has collaborated with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. This season he returns as associate conductor to Bohéme Opera (NJ). He was Assistant Musical Director for the world premiere of Dora, by Melissa Shiflett with the American Chamber Opera Company. He has worked with Aprile Millo, Shirley Verrett, Julius Rudel, Rufus Wainwright, to name few.
Mr. Parodi is a faculty member of the International Vocal Arts Institute, working regularly at the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. One of the highlights of his long association with IVAI was being the music director of the Israeli premiere of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine. Also with IVAI he was a Vocal Coach at the Nagano Opera Master Class (Japan) and at the Inaugural Opera Master Class in conjunction with the China National Opera (Beijing). He is also currently a faculty member of the International Institute of Vocal Arts, an opera study program in Chiari, Italy; and of V.O.I.C.Expeience, a vocal workshop under the direction of Sherrill Milnes. He worked at the Lake George Opera Festival for their productions of Ariadne auf Naxos and Il Re Pastore, the latter for which he realized and accompanied the recitatives in performance.
He is the Music Director at Saint Paul’s Church in Manhattan. Among his various duties, he produced and conducted a production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, which brought opera for the first time to its considerably Spanish and African American community. He is also the Music Director of the Domenico Zipoli Institute which has a twofold purpose: to bring first-class music events to underserved communities of the New York area; and to ensure the preservation and performance of Latin American Baroque music. He conducted the American premiere of Siete Palabras de Cristo en la Cruz by Spanish composer Francisco Garc?a Fajer, and Misa de Infantes by Mexican composer Ignacio de Jerusalem (XVIII century). The cornerstone of the DZI is the Domenico Zipoli Ensemble, comprised of a diverse group of world-class musicians, which identifies, researches and ultimately performs the music the Institute was founded to preserve.
A prizewinner at the Bienal de Arte de Buenos Aires in 1993, Mr. Parodi completed studies in Piano Performance and Conducting at the Conservatorio Nacional de M?sica de Buenos Aires. He received his Masters degree in Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Michigan as a scholarship student of the eminent accompanist, Martin Katz.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed widely throughout Argentina, the United States, Canada, Israe, Italy and Spain. He participated in the recording of the complete edition of the music for piano by Muzio Clementi with the German label, Aurophon. He is also featured in recordings for Albany Records and MSR Classics.