The Dallas Opera to Release Opera Parallèle’s ‘Everest – A Graphic Novel Opera’ on its Streaming Platform

By Francisco Salazar

The Dallas Opera has announced the addition of a new film to its streaming platform, thedallasopera.TV, as part of its Originals collection.

The company will release Opera Parallèle’s innovative film production of “Everest – A Graphic Novel Opera” on July 16 exclusively on the company’s streaming platform. The opera will be available for a period of six months for pay-per-view/on-demand viewing.

The new one-act work by Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer was commissioned and given its world premiere by the Dallas Opera in 2015 under the baton of Nicole Paiement, who serves as TDO’s The Martha R. and Preston A. Peak Principal Guest Conductor, as well as General and Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle.

The graphic novel treatment of “Everest” is the first of its kind for an opera, and was created specifically for a virtual audience by Opera Parallèle’s Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel, in collaboration with Illustrator Mark Simmons and Director of Photography David Murakami.

In a statement TDO’s The Kern Wildenthal General Director and CEO Ian Derrer said, “The Dallas Opera is thrilled to host Everest – A Graphic Opera Novel, as part of thedallasopera.TV. We believe wholeheartedly in this piece and are proud to offer another opportunity for a broad audience to experience it. We are so pleased that our digital partnership with Opera Parallèle has resulted in bringing this work to life again in an innovative and creative way, under the baton of Nicole Paiement.”

The opera film stars Sasha Cooke (Jan Arnold), Nathan Granner (Rob Hall), Kevin Burdette (Beck Weathers), Hadleigh Adams (Doug Hansen), Matt Boehler (Guy Cotter, Mike Groom and Vocal Ensemble), Charlotte Fanvu (Meg Weathers), Shawnette Sulker (Vocal Ensemble), Whitney Steele (Vocal Ensemble), and Kevin Gino (Vocal Ensemble).