Opera Parallèle Announces 2023-24 Season

By David Salazar
(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 generation.”

Noicole Paiement and Jaco Wong will share conducting duties and Yayoki Kambara will direct. The opera will star Angela Yam and Bradley Kynard. They will be joined by the Lick Wilmerding High School Chorus.

Performance Dates: Oct. 27 & 28, 2023

Next up is the west coast premiere of “Birds & Balls,” a double bill of operas. First up is David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s “Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera.” That will be followed up by “Balls” by Laura Karpman and Gail Collins. Both operas will be performed without intermission.

Nicole Paiement and Jaco Wong will split conducting duties with Brian Staufenbiel directing. The operas will star Jamie Chamberlain, Daniel Cilli, Nathan Granner, Mark Hernandez, Gabriela Linares, Chelsea Hollow, Shawnette Sulker, and Chung-Wai Soong.

Performance Dates: April 5-7, 2024

The season closes with the west coast premiere of Gregory Spears and Greg Pierce’s “Fellow Travelers.”

Jaymes Kirsksey conducts and Brian Staufenbiel directs. The cast includes Jonathan Pierce Rhodes, Joseph Lattanzi, Maya Kherani, Kurt Winterhalter, Elena Galván, Daniel Cilli, Bradley Kynard, Matthew Lovell, and Cara Gabrielson.

Performance Dates: June 21-23, 2024