Opera Parallèle Unveils 2022-23 Season

By David Salazar

San Francisco-based Opera Parallèle has announced its 2022-23 season.

The season kicks off with “Everest: An Immersive Experience.” The Talbot and Scheer opera will be conducted by Nicole Paiement and directed by Brian Staufenbiel. Sasha Cooke, Nathan Granner, Kevin Burdette, Hadleigh Adams, Charlotte Fanvu, Matt Boehler, Shawnette Sulker, Whitney Steele, and Kevin Gino.

Performance Dates: Feb. 2-12, 2023

Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s “The Shining” is next to take the stage in a production by Brian Staufenbiel. Nicole Paiement conducts a cast starring Edward Parks, Kearstin Piper Brown, Aubrey Allicock, David Walton, Nathan Granner, Timothy Murray, and Eugene Brancoveanu.

Performance Dates: June 2-4, 2023 

The company will also present its Hands-On-Opera program, featuring a workshop with composer Kenji Oh and librettist Kelley Rourke for their work “The Emissary.” The work will be premiered during the 2023-24 season.

The organization will also showcase “The Bullhorn,” which allows the company to present special performances to schools and community groups.

Finally, there will be a benefit celebration.

Performance Date: April 26, 2023

“The upcoming season continues what OP does best — bring contemporary stories with exhilarating narratives to the stage through incredible musical scores from living composers, and engage Bay Area audiences in unexpected ways as we continue to explore new technologies that enhance the power of opera. These well-known and loved stories unpack the power of human resilience to overcome. Behind everything we do — our productions, events and Bullhorn Community Programs — is an invitation to connect and explore what it means collectively and individually, to be engaged in shaping a more inclusive world,” Paiment, who is also the company’s General and Artistic Director, said in an official press release.