Opera Parallèle2023 | 2024 Season


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

In this World Premiere opera spanning generations, journey through a future 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 Balls
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

An Opera by Gregory Spears Libretto by Greg Pierce

Based on the 2007 novel ‘Fellow Travelers’ 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.

Major support for Opera Parallèle is provided by Producers Circle members Marcia Barinaga & Corey Goodman, Marie & Leonard Collins, Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek, Bob Ellis, Gordon Getty, Scott R. Lord, Nicole Paiement & Brian Staufenbiel, and Sherry Parker in memory of Dina Kuntz. Additional major support is provided by Martha Allday, Anderson Norby, the California Arts Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Don & Andrea Fellows Fineberg, The Future Fund, Keith & Priscilla Geeslin, Philop Goward & Theodore Ueki, Jane Hartley, Stephen & Diane Heiman, The Lemala Fund, Lisa Lindelef, Bernice Lindstrom, the Sam Mazza Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Robert Ripps & Steven Spector, Martha Peak Rochelle, Jerry Roth & Ray Jenks,  San Francisco Grants for the Arts, Jack & Betty Schafer, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Jee Young You & Paul Alsdorf, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

Watch Opera Parallèle’s 23|24 Season Announcement, with full details from OP leadership and artists from the season on The Emissary, Birds & Balls, and Fellow Travelers, as well as Opera Parallèle’s Bullhorn community programs for the season.