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Q & A: Conductor Nicole Paiement on Championing Rare Works at San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle


Photo credit: Cory Weaver Opera Parallèle was founded in 2007 by conductor Nicole Paiement to develop and produce contemporary opera. It continues to pioneer the commissioning of new works and exploring underperformed musical creations and landscapes. Coming up in April 2024, Opera Parallèle (OP) joins with SFJAZZ to present “Birds & Balls,” a program of multimedia opera, pairing two short {…}


Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Etienne Dupuis & Nicole Car Among Stars Of Opéra de Montréal’s 2019-20 Season


The Opéra de Montréal has announced its 2019-20 season featuring five staged operas and an opera in concert version. The season will open with Tchaïkovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” with real-life couple Etienne Dupuis and Nicole Car as Onegin and Tatiana. They will be accompanied by tenor Owen McCausland, mezzo Carolyn Sproule, bass Denis Sedov, mezzo Christiane Bélanger, with a guest appearance {…}


The Dallas Opera Announces Nine Finalists for Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition


The Dallas Opera has announced the nine finalists of the Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition. The finals, which will be held on March 8, will showcase soprano Katerina Burton, soprano Adia Evans, soprano Elisa Sunshine, mezzo-soprano Lisa Marie Rogali, countertenor Cody Bowers, tenor Matthew Cairns, baritone Navasard Hakobyan, baritone Yeongtaek Yang,  and bass-baritone Jongwon Han. Finalists will be accompanied by {…}


Golda Schultz & Long Long Lead Dallas Opera’s ‘Romeo et Juliette’


The Dallas Opera is set to present Charles Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” which will close out the 2023-24 mainstage season. The opera, which is set to be performed between March 1 and March 9 at the Winspear Opera House, will star soprano Golda Schultz and tenor Long Long in their Dallas Opera debuts, as well as their role debuts. They will {…}

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Opera Parallèle Awarded Three Major Grants, Announces New Administration Appointments


Opera Parallèle has announced that it has received three major grants to support its upcoming projects. First up, the organization was awarded $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of its upcoming performances. The grant supports the premiere of “Birds & Balls.” Additionally, the company received $21,250 from the California Arts Council to support its “Expansive: {…}


Nikola Printz to Perform at Opera Parallèle’s Annual Benefit Event


(Photo credit: Destiny Grace) Opera Parallèle has announced the details of its annual benefit event, “Boum!” taking place on March 14. Mezzo-soprano, activist, and current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Nikola Printz previews the upcoming world premiere of “Birds and Balls,” singing the lead role of Billie Jean King. Printz is accompanied by pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi. This year Opera Parallèle {…}


Opera Parallèle to Present ‘Birds & Balls’


Opera Parallèle will continue its 14th anniversary season with the world premiere of “Birds & Balls,” an ingenious pairing of two witty one-act operas regarding sportsmanship, competition, and gender equality. The operas are David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s “Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera,” Laura Karpman and Gail Collins’s “Balls.” The works will be presented in collaboration with SFJAZZ, “Birds {…}


Opera Parallèle to Present World Premiere of ‘The Emissary’


Opera Parallèle has commissioned multi-faceted Japanese composer Kenji Oh for his very first opera along with prolific librettist Kelley Rourke to create an adaptation of “The Emissary.” The new family opera is based on the award-winning novel by celebrated Japanese author Yoko Tawada, featuring an English translation by Margaret Mitsutani. The new opera will be performed on Oct. 27 and {…}


Opera Parallèle Announces 2023-24 Season


(photo by Philip Groshong) San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle has unveiled its 2023-24 season. The season opens with the world premiere of Kenji Oh and Kelley Rourke’s “The Emissary.” Per the official press announcement, the ”audience will journey through a fractured future, a dystopian satire that addresses the alarming environmental angst of today, and the ever-increasing psychological stress on the younger {…}