Argentinean-born conductor Jorge Parodi is based in New York City and has worked extensively in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. His credits include Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia and Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi for Buenos Aires Lirica in Argentina; Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for the Castleton Festival in Virginia and the Banff Centre in Canada; Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires for Atlanta Opera and Opera Grand Rapids; and Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges for Juilliard.
Parodi has worked with such companies as Volgograd Opera in Russia, the Encuentros Internacionales de Opera in Mexico, and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He has collaborated with such artists as Tito Capobianco, Sherrill Milnes, and Rufus Wainwright and has assisted conductors Lorin Maazel and Julius Rudel.
As artistic director of Opera Hispanica, the only company in the U.S. focused on Hispanic vocal repertoire, Parodi performed Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires for Opera Hispanica. In 2015, Parodi was named music director of Opera in Williamsburg (Va.), where he has conducted Il trovatore, L’elisir d’Amore, Don Pasquale, Così fan tutte, and Lucia di Lammermoor.
Parodi has been a faculty member at Juilliard for more than a decade and is music director of the Senior Opera Theatre at the Manhattan School of Music, where he has conducted productions to critical acclaim. New York credits include productions of The Beggar’s Opera, La Doriclea, The Ghost of Versailles, La Vida Breve, El Amor Brujo, and Le roi l’a dit for Manhattan School of Music; A Game of Chance, Riders to the Sea, and Camilla for New York University; Alcina and Apollo e Dafne for Pocket Opera NY, Don Giovanni and La vie Parisienne for Hofstra University; and A Distant Love for Chelsea Opera. Parodi also conducted historically informed performances of Cavalli’s La Calisto and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for the Manhattan Summer Voice Festival, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center.
In 2016, Jorge joined selected Japanese vocal arts professionals to create the Tokyo International Vocal Arts Academy. He has also worked as a faculty member of Artescenica in Mexico and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. A prizewinner at the Bienal de Arte of Buenos Aires, Parodi completed studies in conducting and piano performance at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Buenos Aires and holds a master’s degree in accompanying and chamber music from the University of Michigan as a full-scholarship student of the accompanist Martin Katz.