Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

Opera Parallèle’s Mission:

Opera Parallèle merges tradition with innovation to re-invent the power of opera in our modern world.

Our Vision Statement:

Creating Opera for our Time.

Our Values:

Artistic excellence
Our People

Our Goals


  • Perform challenging works composed since the 20th and 21st century that are relevant to our time.
  • Perform our annual program and events in appropriate venues where audiences have an intimate experience of the singers, staging, and orchestra.
  • Develop the core artistic team required to achieve high performance standards.
  • Commission new orchestrations for chamber versions of important operas that retain the artistic integrity of the original works, but make them more accessible and vital.

 Culture and Community

  • Be a driving force establishing a new culture engaging audiences with contemporary opera.
  • Build an audience that draws on the diverse cultures of our area, recognizes the special qualities of our performances, regularly attends our productions, and participates in our development process.
  • Provide year round opportunities to experience new works in development, including:
    • Presenting ideas, trends, and practices that are changing operatic performance.
    • Showcasing composers, performers, and directors who are contemporary opera trailblazers.
    • Offering contemporary workshops, readings, and performances.


  • Build a professional staff and volunteer organization with the expertise and funding to support our goals.
  • Support the staff and operations necessary to meet our goals and maintain a high standard of performance.
  • Develop a board of directors capable of raising the funds and with the advisory board, provide the volunteer expertise to guide and supplement staff efforts.
  • Develop partnerships with parallel organizations to collaborate on projects; share in expenses and promotion; and to reach new audiences.
  • Maintain financial and legal standards at the highest level of public accountability.