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The Emissary

October 27-28, 2023
ODC Theater, San Francisco

Composer Kenji Oh | Librettist Kelley Rourke

Based on the novel by Yoko Tawada.
English translation by Margaret Mitsutani

Journey through a fractured future in this World Premiere family opera, where hope and resilience shine in a world on the brink.


Birds & Balls

April 5-7, 2024
SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium

Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera
Composer David T. Little | Librettist Royce Vavrek
Composer Laura Karpman | Librettist Gail Collins

Competition abounds in this World Premiere double bill, where comedy takes to the court in a theatrical spectacle culminating in the 1973 ‘Battle of the Sexes!’


Fellow Travelers

June 21-23, 2024
Presidio Theatre, San Francisco

Composer Gregory Spears | Librettist Greg Pierce

Based on the novel by Thomas Mallon

The West Coast Premiere of a deeply romantic masterpiece entwining loyalty, passion, and forbidden love amidst ‘The Lavender Scare’ of the 1950’s.


Opera Parallèle merges tradition with innovation to re-invent opera for our modern world. We are committed to the highest artistic standards in our productions, while fostering an inclusive and creative environment that values curiosity and innovation. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We embrace communication, respect, and are accountable for our actions.

The BullhornCommunity Programs

The Bullhorn is the next evolution of Opera Parallèle’s community programs, designed to uplift and inspire, to activate and initiate, and to challenge the expectations of what an opera company can be and do. Rooted in civic practice, the Bullhorn programs and events reflect the company’s aspiration to amplify unheard voices, and connect art, audience, and communities, inspired by late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk who used his platform to bring communities together.

DiscoverOpera Parallèle

Collaboration is in Opera Parallèle’s DNA: the company was named for founder Nicole Paiement’s belief that working “in parallel”, or in partnership, with organizations and artists in our own communities is essential for the survival of opera as a living art form.