Opera ParallèlePast Productions

2022/2023Season

Everest: An Immersive Experience | Composer: Joby Talbot | Librettist: Gene Scheer

Composer: Joby Talbot
Librettist: Gene Scheer

Everest: An Immersive Experience

The Shining | Composer: Paul Moravec Librettist: Mark Campbell

Composer: Paul Moravec
Librettist: Mark Campbell

The Shining

Expansive 2023: Featuring Katherine Goforth, Ahya Simone, and Nikola Printz with host Afrika America.

Featuring Katherine Goforth, Ahya Simone, and Nikola Printz with host Afrika America.

Expansive 2023
The Bullhorn

2021/2022Season

Harriet’s Spirit | Composer: Marcus Shelby |  Librettist: Roma Olvera

Composer: Marcus Shelby
Librettist: Roma Olvera

Harriet’s Spirit
Hands-on-Opera

Sophia’s Forest | Composer: Lembit Beecher | Librettist: Hannah Moscovitc

Composer: Lembit Beecher
Librettist: Hannah Moscovitc

Sophia’s Forest

La Belle et la Bête | Composer: Philip Glass | Librettist: Philip Glass | Based on the film by Jean Cocteau

Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Philip Glass
Based on the film by Jean Cocteau

La Belle et la Bête

Expansive 2022 | Featuring Breanna Sinclairé, Rahzé Cheatham & Reuben Zellman with host Afrika America.

Featuring Breanna Sinclairé, Rahzé Cheatham & Reuben Zellman with host Afrika America.

Expansive 2022
The Bullhorn

2019/2020/2021

Bon Appetit! | Composer: Lee Hoiby | Librettist: Julia Child and Mark Shulgasser

Composer: Lee Hoiby
Librettist: Julia Child and Mark Shulgasser

Bon Appetit!

Bill and Flicka: Generous Spirits

Bill and Flicka: Generous Spirits

Everest: A Graphic Novel Opera | Composer: Joby Talbot | Librettist: Gene Scheer

Composer: Joby Talbot
Librettist: Gene Scheer

Everest: A Graphic Novel Opera

2018/2019Season

In the Penal Colony | Composer: Philip Glass | Librettist: Rudolph Wurlitzer | Based on a story by Franz Kafka

Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Rudolph Wurlitzer
Based on a story by Franz Kafka

In the Penal Colony

The Little Prince | Composer: Rachel Portman | Librettist: Nicholas Wright | Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Composer: Rachel Portman
Librettist: Nicholas Wright
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Today It Rains | Composer: Laura Kaminsky |  Librettist: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

Composer: Laura Kaminsky
Librettist: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

Today It Rains

Xochitl & the Flowers | Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez | Librettist: Roma Olvera | Based on the book by Jorge Argueta

Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez
Librettist: Roma Olvera
Based on the book by Jorge Argueta

Xochitl & the Flowers
Hands-on-Opera

2017/2018Season

The Little Prince | Composer: Rachel Portman |  Librettist: Nicholas Wright | Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Composer: Rachel Portman
Librettist: Nicholas Wright
Based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Harriet’s Spirit | Composer: Marcus Shelby | Librettist: Roma Olvera

Composer: Marcus Shelby
Librettist: Roma Olvera

Harriet’s Spirit
Hands-on-Opera

Trouble in Tahiti - Composer & Librettist: Leonard Bernstein | At the Statue of Venus<br /> Composer: Jake Heggie | Librettist: Terrence McNally

Trouble in Tahiti - Composer & Librettist: Leonard Bernstein
At the Statue of Venus
Composer: Jake Heggie
Librettist: Terrence McNally

One Story Two Operas: Trouble in Tahiti/At the Statue of Venus

2016/2017Season

Flight | Composer: Jonathan Dove | Librettist: April De Angelis<br />

Composer: Jonathan Dove
Librettist: April De Angelis

Flight

Xochitl & the Flowers | Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez  | Librettist: Roma Olvera | Based on the book by Jorge Argueta

Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez
Librettist: Roma Olvera
Based on the book by Jorge Argueta

Xochitl & the Flowers
Hands-on-Opera

Les Enfants Terribles | Composer: Philip Glass<br />Based on the novel by Jean Cocteau

Composer: Philip Glass
Based on the novel by Jean Cocteau

Les Enfants Terribles

2015/2016Season

The Lighthouse | Composer and Librettist: Peter Maxwell Davies

Composer and Librettist: Peter Maxwell Davies

The Lighthouse

Champion| Composer: Terrence Blanchard| Librettist: Michael Cristofer

Composer: Terrence Blanchard
Librettist: Michael Cristofer

Champion: An Opera in Jazz

Amazing Grace | Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez | Librettist: Brian Staufenbiel and Roma Olvera

Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez
Librettist: Brian Staufenbiel and Roma Olvera

Amazing Grace
Hands-on-Opera

2014/2015Season

Heart of Darkness | Composer: Tarik O’Regan | Librettist: Tom Phillips | Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad

Composer: Tarik O’Regan
Librettist: Tom Phillips
Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Dead Man Walking | Composer: Jake Heggie | Librettist: Terrence McNally

Composer: Jake Heggie
Librettist: Terrence McNally

Dead Man Walking

My Head is Full of Colors | Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez | Librettist: Nicole Paiement | Based on the children’s book by Catherine Friend

Composer: Chris Pratorius Gómez
Librettist: Nicole Paiement
Based on the children’s book by Catherine Friend

My Head is Full of Colors
Hands-on-Opera

2013/2014Season

Anya17 | Composer: Adam Gorb | Librettist: Ben Kaye

Composer: Adam Gorb
Librettist: Ben Kaye

Anya17

Mahagonny Songspiel - Composer: Kurt Weill; Librettist: Bertolt Brecht<br />Les mamelles des Tirésias - Composer: Francis Poulenc, based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire

Mahagonny Songspiel - Composer: Kurt Weill; Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
Les mamelles des Tirésias - Composer: Francis Poulenc, based on the play by Guillaume Apollinaire

Mahagonny Songspiel & Les mamelles de Tirésias

The Spiders’ Revenge | Composer and Librettist: Peter Maxwell Davies

Composer and Librettist: Peter Maxwell Davies

The Spiders’ Revenge
Hands-on-Opera

2013Season

Gesualdo – Prince of Madness | Composer: Dante De Silva | Libretto: Mitchell Morris

Composer: Dante De Silva
Libretto: Mitchell Morris

Gesualdo – Prince of Madness

Ainadamar – Fountain of Tears | Composer: Osvaldo Golijov | Librettist: David Henry Hwang

Composer: Osvaldo Golijov
Librettist: David Henry Hwang

Ainadamar – Fountain of Tears

Trouble in Tahiti | Composer & Librettist: Leonard Bernstein

Composer & Librettist: Leonard Bernstein

Trouble in Tahiti

2012Season

The Great Gatsby | Composer: John Harbison; Chamber Orchestration Composer: Jacques Desjardins | Librettist: John Harbison<br />Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby

Composer: John Harbison; Chamber Orchestration Composer: Jacques Desjardins
Librettist: John Harbison
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Four Saints in Three Acts | Composer: Virgil Thomson and Luciano Chessa | Librettist: Gertrude Stein

Composer: Virgil Thomson and Luciano Chessa
Librettist: Gertrude Stein

Four Saints in Three Acts

2011Season

Orphée | Composer and Librettist: Philip Glass | Based on Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film Orphée

Composer and Librettist: Philip Glass
Based on Jean Cocteau’s 1949 film Orphée

Orphée

2010Inaugural Season

Wozzeck | Composer and Librettist: Alban Berg Chamber Orchestration Composer: John Rea | Based on playwright Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck

Composer and Librettist: Alban Berg Chamber Orchestration Composer: John Rea
Based on playwright Georg Büchner’s play Woyzeck

Wozzeck

2007Original Production as Ensemble Parallèle

Young Caesar | Composer: Lou Harrison | Chamber Orchestration Composer: John Rea| Librettist: Robert Gordon

Composer: Lou Harrison
Chamber Orchestration Composer: John Rea
Librettist: Robert Gordon

Young Caesar

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