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 Madama Butterfly and La bohème to La Cage aux Folles. Parry conceived of, designed and directed the world première production of I lavori d’amore persi', a compilation 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 at La Mama's Off-Broadway in New York City. He spent a decade on staff at New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and has served on the Jacobs School of Music faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington where he had previously received his master’s degree in Opera Stage Direction, and headed the Musical Theatre program at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, Arizona; he also has been a visiting professor at the New England Conservatory, Amherst College, and Peabody Conservatory.
Parry has continuing associations with such companies as the New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Pensacola Opera, and the Pacific and Jacksonville Symphonies, among many others. As a composer, he premiered his quartet theatre song cycle, On the Impracticality and Sure Impossibility of Perpetually Uncomplicated and Everlasting Love, at NYC's Singer's Forum and has recently completed an English language libretto adaptation of La mère coupable ("The Guilty Mother") by Beaumarchais, which is currently being set to music.
The Ohio State University Opera & Lyric Theatre, 2019–2020 season