Teaching Artist, Voice
Office Location: FAC 234
Edward Corpus, bass, hails from Elgin, Illinois. He attended Illinois State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, respectively. Mr. Corpus has completed coursework for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Iowa.
Mr. Corpus is a three-time consecutive winner of the N.A.T.S. vocal competition and a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Audition. Mr. Corpus’ most recent operatic performances have included Sparafucile in Rigoletto, Zuniga in Carmen and Colline in La Bohème with Opera Quad Cities, William Jennings Bryan in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Peoria’s Opera Illinois, the Modern Major-General in Pirates of Penzance with Cedar Rapids Opera, Escamillo in Carmen with the University of Iowa Opera Theater, and Zuniga in Carmen with Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Other operatic roles include the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro; Dr. Dulcamara L’Elisir d’amore; Orgon Tartuffe; Balthazar Amahl and the Night Visitors; and Count Carl-Magnus in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music.
Mr. Corpus’ oratorio repertoire includes Fauré’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, Mozart’s Requiem, and C Minor Mass most recently performed with the Drake University Symphony Orchestra and choirs at Des Moines’ Civic Center, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, most recently performed with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Corpus is also featured on the newly released CD of Daron Hagen’s opera, Bandanna, on Arsis records.
Mr. Corpus has held teaching positions at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Currently, he is on the voice faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to his operatic ventures Mr. Corpus is also a singer/songwriter of adult contemporary music and is a member of Broadcast Music International (BMI). He lives in Albia, Iowa with his wife Rachel and daughter Olivia.