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A new triumvirate, Insignia Athlone Artists, combines principals with experience on both sides of the audition table. Gloria Parker, Miguel Rodriguez and Sean Kelly bring decades of performance, artistic direction, and development to arts management. In a time of transition, we see opportunity. In the shadow of events that have crushed the arts, we see promise.
The demise of enormous agencies highlights the need for flexibility and adaptability. Providing comprehensive worldwide service, artists and presenters alike will find depth of knowledge in our combined skills: extensive personal experience with vocalism and stagecraft, honest evaluation of talent, thoughtful casting, and integrity in our professional relationships.
Promotion of exceptional talent is our goal. Big enough to count but small enough to care, we are dedicated to creating new waves that carry classical music into the future.
Gloria Parker, Co-Founder of Insignia Athlone Artists received a BA from Oklahoma City University, a MM in Vocal Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and Certification in Arts Administration from New York University. She is a RIVA Institute certified qualitative market research analyst and focus group moderator whose clients included GFK Japan, Sony, IBM, Honda, IBM, Sage Group, Warner Home Entertainment, Belkin, Apple, Hyundai, and Dr. Pepper. Before co-founding Insignia Athlone Artists, she managed the international clientele of a London-based arts management firm in New York City and is currently Executive Director of Insignia Artists US.
As a mezzo-soprano, Gloria sang signature roles in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. She performed with the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Vancouver Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, Seattle Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Cleveland Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the Stratford Festival. She was a featured soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and has appeared in concert with orchestras across the United States. Ms. Parker has performed leading roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway and on national and international tours.
Her professional affiliations include Opera America, the League of American Orchestras, Actors Equity, Canadian Actors Equity, American Guild of Musical Artists, American Federation of Musicians, and AFTRA.
Co-Founder of Insignia Athlone Artists, Miguel A. Rodríguez has spent the past 20 years leading some of New England’s most acclaimed cultural organizations. Most recently he served as Executive Director of Boston Baroque, America’s oldest period-instrument orchestra. During his six-year tenure he raised the company’s profile by elevating the artistic level of its guest soloists, developed new community outreach initiatives, launched Boston Baroque Radio, and refreshed the image of the organization through innovation, improved branding and social media engagement. In 2018 Miguel founded Athlone Artists US, where he serves as President and represents an exclusive roster of opera singers, conductors and stage directors.
His prior experience also includes senior executive positions with Opera Boston, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva and Scullers Jazz Club. In 2007 he was one of a small number of leaders selected by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to participate in the first Executive Leadership Program for Non-Profit Cultural Organizations at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2011 he was one of 20 to be selected nationally to join The 21st Century Fellows Program, a multi-year leadership development program for LGBT people of color.
Trained as an opera singer, Miguel studied voice at the University of Michigan with soprano Martha Sheil and tenor George Shirley. He continued his graduate work in voice under renown soprano Phyllis Curtin at Boston University, and went on to sing in many opera houses throughout Europe and the United States. Miguel has served on the Board of Directors of Early Music America (former President), SpeakEasy Stage Company, Coro Allegro and the New England Orchestra Consortium. He is an active member of the International Artist Managers’ Association (IAMA), Opera Managers Association International (OMAI), the North American Performing Artist Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), Opera America, the League of American Orchestras and the Association of Performing Arts Professionals.
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