REVIEWS


TOSCA
MADISON OPERA

Madison Magazine, Saturday, November 2, 2013
--- Madison Opera demonstrates exactly what great opera is all about
"What puts this Tosca in the category of truly memorable nights, is Parry’s direction of these fabulous singers, giving us fully believable portraits of passion, teasing, threats both terribly real and implied, in short, real life with singing added."

Well-Tempered Ear, Sunday, November 3, 2013
-- Madison Opera's "Tosca" is a MUST-SEE and MUST-HEAR production
"Director A. Scott Parry shaped the stage business of “Tosca" with intelligence and the attention to detail we have come to expect from him."

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

The Columbus Dispatch, Thursday, November 8, 2012
--- 'Mystery of Edwin Drood' is wonderfully versatile
"Ohio State University’s sparkling production plays off the British music hall tradition with wit and style. Under A. Scott Parry’s direction, the musical is light on its feet, with parody switching to ravishing musical numbers or emotionally powerful dance, and then back. A ten-piece orchestra, under Parry’s direction, ably backs up the songs and provides musical commentary on the dramatic goings-on."

GALILEO GALILEI
MADISON OPERA

Wisconsin State Journal, Friday, January 27, 2012
--- 'Galileo' maps the universe of a scientist and philosopher
"The inventor and visionary stands barefoot and blind, an artistic rendering of the heavens swirling behind, above and below him. As he concludes his aria, the stars seem to fall like snow, coalescing to the point where Galileo stands. This first scene sets the tone for A. Scott Parry's beautifully illustrated production. In Parry's hands, Galileo's story has depth and resonance, even though we already know the ending."

The Isthmus, Friday, January 27, 2012
--- Madison Opera's Second Triumph of the Season
"It is less an opera in the traditional sense and more a theater piece. And it proves a very satisfying one, with many touching and effective dramatic moments. Especially so thanks to a very clever production designed by Barry Steele and directed by A. Scott Parry."

DON PASQUALE
DES MOINES METRO OPERA

Opera News, October 2011
"A. Scott Parry's spot-on direction avoided eye-popping schtick and boasted innumerable witty touches; Pasquale's servants emerged as distinctive individuals, while Norina was first encountered in her bath, her entrance heralded by a wash of bubbles that wafted merrily out over the audience."

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
NEW YORK CITY OPERA

The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, March 29, 2011
--- Slipping Over the Edge at City Opera
"The revival of the 2006 Jonathan Miller production, updated to 'Adina's Diner' in the desert Southwest sometime in the 1950s, has been redirected by A. Scott Parry to be far less broadly slapstick, making it both more genuine and funnier."

Berkshire Fine Arts, Tuesday, March 29, 2011
--- The Elixir of Love at New York City Opera
"This male Cinderella story has universal appeal when it’s staged as well as this City Opera production."

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
MADISON OPERA

The Isthmus, Saturday, November 6, 2010
--- Madison Opera stages Mozart's splendid The Marriage of Figaro
"The staging is handled brilliantly by director A. Scott Parry. Parry understands the cues given in Mozart's music and realizes them fully in action. Above all, while conjuring up vivid comedy, Parry never forgets to probe the serious emotional interactions among the characters."

The Captiol Times, Saturday, November 6, 2010
--- Fine Figaro launches Madsion Opera's 50th Season
"Figaro" is a worthy opening for Madison Opera's 50th anniversary season, polished, thoughtful and thoroughly entertaining. In director A. Scott Parry's hands, "Figaro" balances the tragedy of a marriage gone sour with silly exploits around Figaro and Susanna's frequently thwarted nuptials."

Local Sounds Magazine, Sunday, November 7, 2010
--- Madison Opera Figaro proves marriages work with commitment
"Director A. Scott Parry committed to stage action that was deft and laugh-out-loud funny without being over the top."

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
PITTSBURGH OPERA

Opera News, January, 2011
"Thanks in large part to lively, imaginative staging by A. Scott Parry, Pittsburgh Opera's musically uneven Il Barbiere di Siviglia (seen Oct. 9) was a delightful, thoroughly engaging evening. There was not a dull moment."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, October 11, 2010
--- Two basses lead hilarity in 'Barber of Seville'
"Comic opera goes by different names -- but honestly, how often do you really belly laugh when watching one? The answer would be quite often if you happened to attend the Pittsburgh Opera's wildly funny staging of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" Saturday night. The season-opening production was as well-staged as any opera has been at the Benedum Center in some time. Director A. Scott Parry mixed smart and slapstick humor throughout to great advantage."

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Monday, October 11, 2010
--- Humor revitalizes 'Barber of Seville'
"In Pittsburgh Opera's production, the staging by A. Scott Parry adds layers of humor, resulting in a performance that had the audience laughing out loud at many places in the action."

THE PIG, THE FARMER, AND THE ARTIST
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

Opera News, November, 2010
"Director A. Scott Parry served up the shenanigans with a perfect dose of madcap stylization."

Time Out New York, Thursday, August 19, 2010
"The talented cast, spot-on music and sophisticated direction (by A. Scott Parry) make this a farm you’ll be happy to buy."

Backstage.com, Saturday, August 21, 2010
"Under A. Scott Parry's nimble direction, the 10-person cast is universally good."

MACBETH
DES MOINES METRO OPERA

Opera News, October, 2010
"The season found its zenith in A. Scott Parry's marvelous realization of Verdi's Macbeth. "

The Des Moines Register, Wednesday, June 30, 2010
--- Action-packed 'Macbeth' grabs attention
"What happens is an action-packed thriller, with all the shifty-eyed intrigue you'd expect from Shakespeare's classic, and it moves quickly, thanks to staging by director A. Scott Parry."

COSÌ FAN TUTTE
PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The Baltimore Sun, Friday, November 20, 2009
--- 'Così' deftly mixes humor, seriousness
"Director A. Scott Parry tossed in several freshly funny bits to the familiar action, and he got the students to handle their assignments with an admirable ease of movement, generating in the process a firm ensemble effort."

THE PIG, THE FARMER, AND THE ARTIST
THE GENE FRANKEL THEATRE

talkentertainment.com, Friday, October 16, 2009
"Quite original. The production is very funny and never boring. Director A. Scott Parry has done a masterful job of keeping the ball rolling with clever staging and delightfully clever costumes."

nytheatre.com, Friday, October 9, 2009
"Parry directs with the lightest of touches, giving us a production that honors the music and the performers and the audience's intelligence and imagination, with only the barest suggestion of set. Costumes by Parry, are on-the-nose in their memorable blend of simplicity and splashiness."

LA CENERENTOLA
FLORIDA GRAND OPERA

The Sun-Sentinel, Friday, January 30, 2009
--- Florida Grand Opera scores with clever staging of 'La Cenerentola'
"Florida Grand Opera's track record on comedies in general, and those of Rossini in particular, has been less than stellar because of inconsistent casting and directors who larded on the slapstick and other lowbrow stage business. Happily, the company's current production of Rossini's La Cenerentola serves up a witty, delightful staging of the Cinderella story."

The Miami Herald, Monday, January 26, 2009
--- Florida Grand does Rossini right with charming, delightful "Cenerentola"
"Director Parry handled the stage with alert coordination of music and action, keeping the farce moving and allowing the singers their comic moments, while occasionally lifting the veil on the sadness that underlies the surface frivolity."

El Nuevo Herald, Martes, 03 de Febrero, 2009
--- 'La Cenerentola', una magia que funciona
"En este ritmo general hay que felicitar al director de escena A. Scott Parry, que en su primer trabajo con la FGO ya ha sabido demonstrar qué puede hacerse con una ópera cómica y que no sólo la música basta para mantener el espectáculo. Ojalá vuelva a colaborar con esta compañía."

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
OPERA PACIFIC

Opera News, October, 2008
"It is directed very well - that is, with an eye for not letting the gags get out of hand. A. Scott Parry directed cleverly, listening to the music and taking his cue from there. The gags weren't uproarious - Figaro spinning bags of coins like a pair of pasties, Rosina ripping apart a flower to get to the "he loves me!" quicker, Basilio repeatedly stroking a strand of his icky hair - and were all the better for it. He didn't cheat."

THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
OPERA PACIFIC

Long Beach Press Telegram, Friday, April 13, 2007
--- Comic Opera, Texas Style
"That it works wonderfully well is a credit to director A. Scott Parry, who uses every bit of local color to effect. Parry deserves credit not only for the clever direction of a cast that knows how to act, but for the clever and idiomatic supertitles that he wrote."

The Los Angeles Times, Friday, April 13, 2007
--- 'Elixir' a tasty concoction, as served by Opera Pacific
"Opera Pacific has a hit on its hands with Donizetti's 1832 comic opera, "The Elixir of Love." Parry has put his own imprint on the staging and also created the idiomatic supertitles. This is one not to miss."