An annual celebration to benefit Opera Parallèle
HONORING TRAILBLAZERS WHOSE VOICES HAVE DEFIED EXPECTATIONS, BROKEN THE MOLD, AND PUSHED THE BOUNDARIES OF THEIR FIELDS
boum noun [ feminine ] /bum/ (FÊTE)
soirée ou après-midi dansante – party
faire une boum – to throw a party
You’re invited to join us for Opera Parallèle’s annual benefit celebration, Boum! The essence of boum is the party, an opportunity to come together in joy and celebration with our community.
This year, inspired by Billie Jean King, the subject of the world-premiere opera Balls from Birds & Balls, opening at SFJAZZ in April, we will be honoring living trailblazers who have defied expectations, broken the mold, and pushed the boundaries of their respective fields.
OP will be pleased to present fantastic performances from artists Nikola Printz and Keisuke Nakagoshi, delectable dishes provided by the Hugh Groman Group, exquisite wines courtesy of Ryme Cellars and the Ketcham Estate, and the chance to come together in a celebration hosted by emcee Michael Tate.
All proceeds and donations help OP create extraordinary opera that is relevant to our community.
Tickets are on sale now! Check back here for updates on the evening, including honorees, performers, and more.
Anna Deavere Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is a writer and actress. She’s credited with having created a new form of theater. Her plays, sometimes called “docudramas,” focus on contemporary issues from multiple points of view and are composed from excerpts of hundreds of interviews. Plays, and films based on them, include Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, both of which dealt with volatile race events in the 1990s; Let Me Down Easy, about the US health care system; and Notes from the Field, which focused on the school-to-prison pipeline. Her work as an actress on television includes Inventing Anna, The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, and Black-ish. Mainstream movies include Philadelphia, The American President, Rachel Getting Married, and Here Today. President Obama awarded Smith the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. She was the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer. She’s the recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, several Obie awards, two Drama Desk awards, the George Polk Career Award in Journalism, and the Dean’s Medal from the Stanford University School of Medicine. She was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and nominated for two Tony Awards. She’s a University Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has several honorary doctorate degrees including those from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Spelman College, Prairie View University, Juilliard, and Oxford.
Three Michelin Star Chef
Dominique Crenn is the chef and owner of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, where artistry is at the forefront, cuisine is a craft, and the community is an inspiration. “Atelier” can be defined as a workshop or studio, a concept that drives Chef Crenn’s modern vision for fine French cuisine. Her highly distinctive French heritage and imaginative gastronomic lair behind the stove at Atelier Crenn is a clear reflection of her unique life story.
Driven by her passion to create a deeply personal project, Crenn opened Atelier Crenn, a place to express her heritage as well as an ode to “poetic culinaria,” in January 2011. Atelier Crenn achieved its first Michelin Star within a year, in October of 2011. In the following year, Crenn made history again when Atelier Crenn received its second Michelin Star, becoming the first female chef in the US to receive this honor. In November 2018, Crenn beat her own record and became the first female chef in the US to receive three Michelin Stars. In 2021, Crenn was the recipient of the World’s 50 Best Icon Award.
Teresa L. Johnson
President - The Bar Association of San Francisco
Teresa is the 2024 President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, which represents over 7,500 attorneys and members of the legal profession in San Francisco, and its Justice and Diversity Center, one of the largest legal services organizations in the Bay Area. She is one of the leaders of the Legal Alliance for Reproductive Rights, a coalition among BASF, the San Francisco City Attorney and over 70 law firms. LARR coordinates providing pro bono legal assistance in connection with the exercise of reproductive rights and was formed after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in 2022, eliminating constitutional protections for abortion care. Teresa was recognized as the 2022 Lawyer of Distinction by the Women Lawyers of Alameda County.
Teresa is a corporate partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter, practicing in the areas of corporate governance, capital markets and ESG. She has been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the top 25 corporate transaction attorneys on the publication’s annual list of the “Top 100 Women Lawyers.” Teresa has appeared on KQED Forum and her articles have been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg and the Daily Journal. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.
Nikola Printz (they/them) is a mesmerizing and fiery mezzo and multidisciplinerary artist, a rising star in the San Francisco Bay Area and national music world. A Bay Area native, they currently are an Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera, and were seen in Opera Parallèle’s Expansive: A Showcase of Transgender and Nonbinary Classical Artists in August, 2023.
Nikola Printz has been an aerialist – specifically a trapeze artist – ever since serving as a company resident artist of Memphis Opera, continuing their training with San Francisco’s own Circus Center. A singer and performer of astounding skill and discipline, their vocal performance is often accompanied by and simultaneously performed with their trapeze choreography.
Following Expansive, Nikola Printz will appear as Rosina in Opera San Jose’s Barber of Seville, and will continue covering roles at San Francisco Opera through the 2023 Fall Season. You can read more Nikola Printz’s work on their website.
Keisuke Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of ten, arriving in the United States from Japan at the age of 18. Mr. Nakagoshi earned his Bachelor’s degree in Composition and Master’s degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied composition with David Conte and piano with Paul Hersh. Graduating as the recipient of multiple top awards, Keisuke was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring young musicians from major conservatories across the United States.
Mr. Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has received training from some of the most celebrated musicians of our time—Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, Paul Hersh, David Zinman—and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Lucy Shelton, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, Robin Sutherland, Lev Polyakin, Axel Strauss, Mark Kosower, Gary Schocker and also conductors such as Alasdair Neale, George Daugherty, Nicole Paiement, Michael Tilson Thomas and Herbert Blomstedt. In 2014, he made a solo debut with San Francisco Symphony on Ingvar Lidholm’s Poesis with Herbert Blomstedt conducting.
In 2009, Keisuke and Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann formed ZOFO, a piano duet team commissioning and performing music for piano four hands and their first CD was nominated for Grammy award for best chamber music/small ensemble in 2013. Mr. Nakagoshi is currently Pianist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and he serves as resident pianist in the production team for Opera Parallèle.
A San Francisco resident since 1998, Michael is an inspired and inspiring auctioneer with a demeanor that endears him to diverse audiences. He is unabashedly passionate in his commitment to helping nonprofits achieve their goals. Over the last ten years, he has partnered with more than 70 local, national and international nonprofit organizations and charities.
Crème de la Crème
- Gordon Getty
- Donna Dubinsky & Len Shustek
- Lisa Lindelef
- Jerry Roth & Ray Jenks
Joie de Vivre
- Bernice Lindstrom, in honor of Nicole Paiement
- Don and Andrea Fellows Fineberg
- David Bertoni
- Didi & Dix Boring
- Kip Cranna
- Louise Fox
- Judy & Jeff Gough, in memory of Betty Christensen Wallerstein
- Alex Ingersoll & Martin Tannenbaum
- Marcia Lazer
- Jeffrey A. Lyttle
- David Madson
- Nancy Petrisko & Don Beckham
- Robert Ripps & Steven Spector
- Jeff Mattlin & Alexa Fitzpatrick
- Terri and Bob Ryan
- John Klopacz & Richard Wilson
- Patrice Maginnis & Eric Rice
- Simin Naaseh
- Farhang Ostadan
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