Opera Parallèle Awarded Three Major Grants, Announces New Administration Appointments

By David Salazar

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: A Showcase of Transgender and Nonbinary Classical Artists.”

But the biggest award of the three came from San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts, which presented Opera Parallèle with a $36,497 grant for general operating support.

“We are deeply honored to receive this generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council for the first time, and San Francisco Grants for the Arts,” said Nicole Paiement, General & Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle, per an official press statement. “These grants will enable us to continue our mission of presenting thought-provoking contemporary opera productions and community engagement programs that resonate with diverse audiences. We are grateful for the recognition of our artistic vision and the opportunity to expand our programming initiatives.”

The company also made some major announcements with regard to administration. Francis Aviani will be its new Marketing Director, while Eman Isadiar will assume the position of Development Director. Phil Lowery was appointed as Director of Production and Daniel Harvey will take on a new staff title – Artistic Producer and Community Director, as well as Assistant to the General & Artistic Director.