Vocal Coach - Opera
Beth Parker is a vocal coach at Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has worked in opera as coach and pianist, chorus master, university lecturer in music history and theory, and opera workshop director over four decades. After graduate work at Indiana University, where she spent six years working with Virginia Zeani, she apprenticed at Merola and studied with Joan Dornemann and Nico Castel at the Met. While in New York she ran a YAP for Jerome Hines, accompanying for Franco Corelli, Henry Lewis, Frank Corsaro, and master classes with Marilyn Horne and other luminaries. She has also assisted Philip Gossett with the Rossini critical edition at the University of Chicago since 2011. Her translations of scholarly papers have appeared in Opera Quarterly and a series in collaboration with La Scala, as well as the critical editions of Rossini and Saint-Saëns with Bärenreiter. Beth’s coaching specialties are Italian recitative, fearless French, and bel canto style and ornamentation. This is her second year at AIMS.