Old First Concerts

John Parr
John Parr, piano, is San Francisco Opera’s Head of Music Staff. A native of Birmingham, UK, Parr studied piano at the Royal Northern College of Music with Sulamita Aronovsky and musicology at Manchester University. He worked for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 1985–88, touring with the company to Japan and Korea in 1986. He was engaged at Scottish Opera from 1988-90. In 1991 joined the Lower Saxony State Opera in Hannover, Germany, where he was Head of Music Staff and Musical Assistant to Music directors George Alexander Albrecht, Christof Perick and Andreas Delfs, specializing in the Wagner and Strauss operas. During this time he developed an extensive series of Lieder Recitals and Chamber Music Programs for the Opera, and also broadcast on SFB Radio Berlin and on NDR Television. With San Francisco Opera, Parr has developed and performed in numerous recital programs. Since 2002 he has worked as a coach at the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth in the summer, and has also given recitals in the Wagner Museum there.
O1C Performances:
    Basically British VIII
    Basically British IX
    Basically British X: Across the English Channel
    Basically British XI
    Heidi Melton sings
    Basically British XII
    Basically British XIII
    Heidi Melton
    Basically British XIV
    Basically British XV