Press Releases


Opera Parallèle opens 12th Season with live, in-person performances Nov 13-14: World premiere instrumental ensemble version of Harriet’s Spirit by composer Marcus Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera

San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2021 — Opera Parallèle Announces 12th Season with live, in-person performances for 2021-22: Premiere of Marcus Shelby’s Harriet’s Spirit, Nov. 13 & 14: West Coast premiere of Lembit Beecher’s Sophia’s Forest, Feb. 24-26

Opera Parallèle 2021-22 Season Repertoire and Dates

San Francisco, CA, August 11, 2021 — Opera Parallèle General Director and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement today announced the appointment of two highly experienced and nationally known non-profit arts administrators to the company’s leadership

San Francisco, CA, July 7, 2021 – Dallas Opera releases Opera Parallèle’s Everest – A Graphic Novel Opera, a new original film on streaming platform

San Francisco, CA, March 15, 2021 – Opera Parallèle Reimagines Joby Talbot’s Everest as a Graphic Novel Opera, World Premiere Film Available This Summer. 

San Francisco, CA, March 11, 2021 – Opera Parallèle Postpones Spring Season Presentations of La Belle et la Bête and Sophia’s Forest due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on indoor performances. 

San Francisco, CA, March 2, 2021 – Opera Parallèle Presents Close-Up online recital series 


San Francisco, CA, October 13, 2020 – Opera Parallèle Executive Director Debbie Chinn will leave her role with the San Francisco-based contemporary opera company at the end of October

San Francisco, CA, September 3, 2020 – Opera Parallèle has made public plans for its 2020-2021 season that typify its hallmark creative, relevant and nimble style.

San Francisco, CA, January 21, 2020: Twenty-five years after the world premiere of Harvey Milk, a new version returns to San Francisco presented by Opera Parallèle


September 19, 2019: Opera Parallèle will open its 2019-2020 tenth season with a recital by tenor William Burden and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade

August 12, 2019: Opera Parallèle’s 10th anniversary Gala, “Because of You” to honor founding Board member Bob Ellis

July 1, 2019: Opera Parallèle elects arts management leader Nancy E. Petrisko new Board President

June 4, 2019: Opera Parallèle announces its 2019-20 season

May 20, 2019: Marylene Delbourg-Delphis and Parker Monroe to join OP Board

April 22, 2019: Opera Parallèle presents Xochitl and the Flowers at Community Music Center


August 20, 2018: Opera Parallèle’s annual Gala, “Creative Rebels”, to honor Philip Glass

June 21, 2018: Entrepreneur Jane Hartley to join OP Board

May 24, 2018: Opera Parallèle announces its 2018-19 season


March 1, 2017: Opera Parallèle Presents Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles

January 4, 2017: Debbie Chinn named new Executive Director of Opera Parallèle


June 3, 2016: Opera Parallèle Announces 2016-2017 Season

April 9, 2015: Opera Parallèle Announces 2015-2016 Season

September 3, 2013: Tod Brody Appointed Executive Director of Opera Parallèle

October 15, 2012: Ensemble Parallèle’s Name Change & Season Announcement release

September 19, 2011: The Great Gatsby review

June 13, 2011: Four Saints in Three Acts review

March 1,  2011: Orphée Stark Insider review

March 1, 2011: Orphée SFGate review

November 3, 2009: Presenting Wozzeck, Jan. 30 and 31