Vocal Coach - Opera
Beth Parker is a freelance vocal coach, pianist, and conductor. During the pandemic she relocated from her longtime home in Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. For 2021-22 she worked with the opera program at Otterbein University and looks forward to conducting The Light in the Piazza this fall at Capital University. With Opera Project Columbus (OPC) she is developing an opera academy for young singers. Other current projects include writing supertitles for OPC and for the Festival Verdi in Parma.
While in Chicago she coached for CCPA/Roosevelt University and was a lecturer and coach at North Park University. Beth also enjoyed working with emerging artists through the Chicago Vocal Arts Coalition. This included presentations of Little Women, La finta giardiniera, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Alcina, as well as ensemble programs and master classes in Italian recitative and vocal ornamentation. She assisted Philip Gossett on the Rossini critical edition at the Center for Italian Opera Studies, University of Chicago, from 2011 until his death in June of 2017. In the 2018-18 season Chicago’s Fourth Coast Ensemble invited Beth to collaborate on a program of songs and ensembles drawn from the last volume of Rossini’s vocal music, completed by Gossett and editor Daniela Macchione.
Her translations of scholarly papers have appeared in Opera Quarterly and the Vox Imago series in collaboration with La Scala, as well as the critical editions of Rossini and Saint-Saëns with Bärenreiter. Beth has worked in opera as coach and pianist, chorus master, opera workshop director, and administrator for over four decades. After graduate work at Indiana University, where she spent six years working with Virginia Zeani, she apprenticed at the Merola Program of San Francisco Opera and studied with Joan Dornemann and Nico Castel of the Metropolitan Opera. While in New York she administered a young artist program for Jerome Hines, accompanying for Franco Corelli, Henry Lewis, Frank Corsaro, and master classes with Marilyn Horne and other luminaries.
At UMass Amherst she was a lecturer for nine years in music history and theory, in addition to opera and vocal topics. Beth’s coaching specialties are Italian recitative, fearless French, and bel canto style and ornamentation. She recently celebrated her 43rd wedding anniversary with Peter Gutowski, a web developer and trombonist, and is the proud mother of Susie Gutowski, an educator and YA book author, and Carrie Gutowski, a lawyer and mother of Beth’s grandchildren, Leo and Ali. This is her fifth summer at AIMS. You can find Beth online at https://www.facebook.com/parkeropera/.