A. Scott Parry’s stage direction has been hailed by Opera News as “marvelous,” “lively,” “imaginative,” and “spot-on.” His productions have spanned an enormous range of repertoire, from West Side Story to Don Giovanni and La bohème to La Cage aux Folles.
He conceived of, designed, and directed the world premiere production of I lavori d’amore persi, a compendium of music theatre fragments by Claudio Monteverdi for the Bloomington Early Music Festival as well as the newly-composed absurdist opera The Pig, the Farmer, and the Artist for La Mama’s Off-Broadway in New York City.
He spent almost a decade on staff at New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, as well as serving on the faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington, where he previously received his Master’s degree in Opera Stage Direction.
Mr. Parry headed the Musical Theatre program at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, has been a visiting professor at the New England Conservatory, Amherst College, Peabody Conservatory, and is currently Director of Opera and Lyric Theatre at The Ohio State University.
As a composer-librettist, he premiered his quartet theatre song-cycle On the Impracticality and Sure Impossibility of Perpetually Uncomplicated and Everlasting Love based on poems of Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and Edna St. Vincent Millay and recently completed an English language adaptation of Beaumarchais’ third Figaro play, La mère coupable, which is currently finishing being set to music.