Performance Friday, February 11, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Edward Parks
Ken Noda

Weill Recital Hall


  • Edward Parks, Baritone
  • Ken Noda, Piano


  • SCHUBERT Winterreise, D. 911

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes, and will be performed without intermission.


  • Edward Parks

    This season, baritone Edward Parks returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in La bohème (a role he will perform with the company on tour in Japan) and as Larkens in La fancuilla del West, broadcast in HD around the world as part of the Met's Live in HD series. Earlier this season, he performed Schubert's Winterreise at the Schubert Club in St. Paul.

    Currently in his third year of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Mr. Parks made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2009-2010 season as Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia. Other recent engagements have included Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, his Carnegie Hall debut in an evening of songs by Charles Ives, Count Almaviva with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Count Almaviva and Belcore in L'elisir d'amore at Oberlin Conservatory, and Marcello in La bohéme, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at Yale. He is also a member of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, which has presented him in recital in New York, and has participated in the Ravinia Festival's prestigious Steans Institute for Young Artists.

    A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Mr. Parks received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin Conservatory and his master's degree from Yale University. A National Winner of the 2008 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Mr. Parks was recently named a first-place winner at the 2010 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, and has received awards from the George London Foundation, the Marilyn Horne Foundation, the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus International Vocal Competition, Connecticut Opera, the Palm Beach Opera Vocal Competition, and the Music Academy of the West.
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  • Ken Noda

    Ken Noda is Musical Assistant to James Levine on the artistic administration of the Metropolitan Opera, where he began working in 1991. Born to Japanese parents in October 1962, he studied with Daniel Barenboim, and has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York, Israel, and Los Angeles philharmonics; Berliner Philharmoniker; Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; the London, Boston, Chicago, and National symphony orchestras; San Francisco Symphony; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, The Cleveland Orchestra; Orchestre de Paris; and Philharmonia Orchestra of London, under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Kubelík, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, and André Previn. He has also collaborated as a chamber musician with Maestro Levine (on two pianos), Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nigel Kennedy, and the Emerson String Quartet, and as accompanist to Kathleen Battle, Hildegard Behrens, Maria Ewing, Aprile Millo, Kurt Moll, Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, and Deborah Voigt. Mr. Noda has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival since 1999, and taught for four summers at the Renata Scotto Opera Academy at the invitation of Miss Scotto. At the Met, he devotes much of his time to the training of young singers in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and also gives master classes at The Juilliard School.
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This concert is part of the Marilyn Horne legacy at Carnegie Hall.
This performance is part of Great Singers III: Evenings of Song.