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Opera Parallèle’s 2018-19 Season To Include Philip Glass, Rachel Portman & Laura Kaminsky
Opera Parallèle has announced its 2018-19 season featuring a world premiere, a continuing relationship with composer Philip Glass, the return of Rachel Portman, a pivotal new production, and the annual Up Close and Parallèle gala. Productions  The season opens with Philip Glass' "In the Penal Colony" in a new production in collaboration with the Day and Nights Festival. Nicole Paiement conducts a new production by Brian Staufenbiel starring bass-baritone Robert Orth, tenor Javier Abreu, and actor Michael Mohammed. Performance Dates: Oct.…
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Top 6 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (1/19-21): Jonas Kaufmann, Houston Grand Opera & Modern Works Take Centerstage
As we go deeper into January, we see more and more opera companies returning to business. The Metropolitan Opera is still very much at the forefront of some of the richest opera experiences of the weekend, but this weekend we will turn to other exciting companies taking on projects with greater risk. The majority of this weekend’s list consists of modern works. Let’s dig in. Jonas Kaufmann - Carnegie Hall…
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SFJAZZ & Opera Parallèle Celebrate To Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial
 SFJAZZ and Opera Parallèle will join forces again for a multi-media, multi-genre tribute to the centennial of iconic and versatile American composer Leonard Bernstein. The production will link Bernstein’s classic 1951 one-act opera "Trouble in Tahiti" with composer Jake Heggie’s 2005 song cycle "At the Statue of Venus" for a unique collaboration that celebrates the American voice in opera and its continuing legacy. For this production, Opera Parallèle’s Artistic Director Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian…
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Opera Parallèle To Present Harriet Tubman Story
Opera Parallèle has announced the world premiere of a new opera inspired by the life of heroic Harriet Tubman entitled "Harriet’s Spirit." The new opera features new music by Bay Area-based jazz composer and bassist Marcus Shelby and a libretto by Roma Olvera as part of OP’s acclaimed Hands-On Opera program, which creates and presents accessible and sophisticated new music theater works in collaboration with elementary school children during an intensive residency. The opera is…
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Opera Parallèle 2017-18 Review – The Little Prince: An Exquisite Production That Reminds Us About the Matters of Consequences
"Matters of consequence” - that’s “The Little Prince” all over, and Rachel Portman’s opera version of the remarkable book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry lacks none of them. From the magical appearance of the titular Little Prince from Asteroid to his magical disappearance at the curtain, Opera Parallèle's 2017 production in San Francisco brings both the beauty and high-seriousness of the story to life. With libretto by Nicholas Wright, an eloquent enhancement…
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Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (12/1-3): Houston Grand Opera World Premieres ‘The House Without a Christmas Tree’ While ‘Amahl’ Makes First Appearance of Season
It’s December and that means that most companies are gearing up for the holiday season with the shows they put on. This week alone is proof of that with a number of major companies turning to the holiday spirit to inspire their new productions. There is even one opera making a world premiere with the theme in mind. Shockingly, there are also two must-sees this weekend that are anything but…
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Opera Parallèle Adds Additional Performance For ‘The Little Prince’
By popular demand, Opera Parallèle has added one more performance of the award-winning opera "The Little Prince." The added performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. The production will also be given four performances at the Cowell Theater on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. For the production, the company has assembled Artistic Director/conductor Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel with illustrations…
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Opera Parallele Receives Hewlett Grant for Laura Kaminsky, Kimberly Reed & Mark Campbell’s New Opera
Opera Parellèle (OP) has received support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for its commission of Laura Kaminsky to compose the music for "Today It Rains," a new chamber opera with a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed (based on the original concept by Campbell) and projection design by Reed. "Today It Rains" reteams Kaminsky, Reed and Campbell after their successful work in "As One," one of the most performed contemporary works in the…
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Opera Parallèle Announces New World Premiere ‘Harriet’s Spirit’
Opera Parallèle is slated to showcase an essential world premiere when it showcases “Harriet’s Spirit,” an opera centered on the life of abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman. The opera, composed by jazz artist and composer Marcus Shelby and written by librettist Roma Olvera, will take place on Jan. 18 and 20 as part of the company’s famed  Hands-On Opera Program. The work’s creative team will include conductor Luçik Aprahämian, stage…
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Opera Parallèle Kicks Off Season with ‘The Little Prince’
Opera Parallèle will kick off its season with “The Little Prince.” The performances will take place between Dec. 1 through 3 at the Cowell Theater in Sa Francisco. The production will be led by Director/conductor Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel, while illustrations and media design will be created by Matt Kish and David Murakami, respectively. Christine Cook will create the costumes. The production will feature mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti as the Pilot, Hannah Gonzales…