Opera Parallèle to Present ‘Birds & Balls’

By Francisco Salazar

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 & Balls” will be given four performances between April 5-7 at SFJAZZ, Miner Auditorium.

Opera Parallèle’s General & Artistic Director Nicole Paiement said, “I am delighted to present our upcoming spring/summer season, a captivating journey that weaves together compelling narratives from different eras, witty explorations of competition and gender equality, and profound human connections amidst adversity. This season’s focus on living creators – all of whom are multi award winning and in great demand – and premieres underscores our commitment to innovation, as we continue to bring thought-provoking and resonant stories to our audiences.”

In a statement by Stage and Creative Director, Brian Staufenbiel added, “This is one of those rare productions where even the most-wild outcomes of our imaginations will be surprised and surpassed! Birds & Balls is a mashup, a dance, a wild ride, with visitors from the past, love, rivalry and redemption: it is contemporary opera at its best!”