Rehearsal pianist and principal coach
Roger Parton studied composition at UBC and at Concordia University, and maintains close ties both to Vancouver and Montreal. His work as contributor and editor has ranged from non-fiction (Chuck Davis’ Vancouver Book) to film (Gerald Varga’s 2018 Murder Box) and dance theatre (Pol Pelletier’s Actor’s Dojo, Montreal) to music (East Van Opera’s Alma). He has worked as an orchestrator, arranging works for chamber orchestra by his mentor and teacher Wolfgang Bottenberg, and is currently transcribing the organ works of Brahms for piano. He appears regularly with City Opera in performance, as well as in rehearsal as both pianist and vocal coach.
In demand as an accompanist across the Lower Mainland, he has been involved in many productions to date, including City Opera’s Lost Operas of Mozart and Missing, Opera Opulenza’s Tales of Hoffmann and Cavalleria Rusticana. Along with his active performance schedule, Roger is a member of City Opera Vancouver’s Artistic Committee and serves as principal pianist and coach.