Erich Parce, baritone and director, has performed with opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Greater Miami Opera, L’Opéra de Nice and L’Opéra de Montréal. He has been a frequent vocalist with MOR since its inception, performing the world premieres of Paul Schoenfield’s Camp Songs, and Lori Laitman’s Holocaust 1944, Fathers, and The Seed of Dream, commissioned for him and recorded on Naxos. Parce was the Artistic Director of Skagit Opera at its inception in 2002. With this company and others around the United States, he has directed highly successful productions of Madama Butterfly, Carmen, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’elisir d’Amore, Die Fledermaus, La Cenerentola and Aida. Parce has brought Music of Remembrance his brilliant stagecraft for many years, directing MOR’s productions of Hans Krása’s Brundibár (2006/2014), Viktor Ullmann’s The Emperor of Atlantis (2012), Hans Gál’s What a Life!, and the world premiere of Tom Cipullo’s After Life (2015) and Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness (2016). Most recently, he directed MOR’s newest opera commission, Tom Cipullo’s The Parting, in May 2019.