Press Releases


Expansive: A Showcase of Transgender & Nonbinary Classical Artists August 3 & 4 – A.C.T. Strand Theater, Featuring Katherine Goforth, Nikola Printz, Ahya Simone, with Pianist Taylor Chan and Host Afrika America

Opera Parallèle Announces 2023-24 Season of Exciting Premieres

The Transgender District and Opera Parallèle present Expansive – A showcase of transgender & non-binary classical artists August 3 & 4, 2023

The Shining opens June 2-4: Opera Parallèle Presents West Coast Premiere

The Shining Performance Schedule and Cast/Creative Team

Principal Cast Changes Announced for The Shining

Opera Parallèle To Present Benefit Event A Night at the Overlook Hotel Inspired by Upcoming Presentation of the Opera The Shining

Opera Parallèle Presents the West Coast Premiere of The Shining, June 2 – 4, 2023

The 2023 Winter/Spring Season Repertoire, Casting and Performance Dates 


Everest: An Immersive Experience Featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook

Opera Parallèle Announces Tickets on Sale for Everest: An Immersive Experience | BroadwayWorld

Opera Parallèle announces programming for 2022-23 Season – Joby Talbot & Gene Scheer’s Everest: An Immersive Experience, Feb 3-12 at Z Space; West Coast Premiere of Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s The Shining, June 2-4 at YBCA.

La Belle et la Bête: Philip Glass’ acclaimed opera set to Jean Cocteau’s iconic film staged in a bold multi-media Opera Parallèle production – presented with SFJAZZ

Opera Parallèle & The Transgender District present ‘Expansive’ A Showcase of Transgender & Agender Classical Artists

Over the Rainbow Benefit Celebration Starring John Holiday Set for April 14

San Francisco, CA, February 1, 2022 – West Coast Premiere of acclaimed opera ‘Sophia’s Forest’ – Feb 24-26, 2022

Over the Rainbow: A Celebration to Benefit Opera Paralléle POSTPONED & RESCHEDULED to Thursday, April 14.



Tickets on sale for Over the Rainbow A Celebration to Benefit Opera Parallèle with John Holiday, acclaimed opera, jazz & pop singer, finalist on NBC’s The Voice, in his San Francisco debut performance.

Tickets now on sale for the West Coast premiere of Sophia’s Forest, Lembit Beecher, Composer and Hannah Moscovitch, Librettist – February 24, 25, and 26, 2022 at Grace Cathedral

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