OP’s Community Programs

The Bullhorn is the next evolution of Opera Parallèle’s community programs. Rooted in civic practice, the program reflects the company’s aspiration to amplify unheard voices, and is inspired by late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk who used his platform to bring communities together.

The Bullhorn is designed to uplift and inspire, to activate and initiate, and to challenge expectations of what an opera company can be and do.

Bullhorn programming in the 2022|2023 Season will include:

  • stimulating conversation series exploring the themes of each production,
  • special performances for local schools and community groups,
  • and in-depth online resources curated by Michael Mohammed, OP’s Community Programs Ambassador.

Central to this program are partnerships with organizations such as The Transgender District, a key cultural sector of San Francisco and the world’s first legally recognized transgender district. In June 2022, the company co-presented the inaugural Expansive showcase for transgender and non-binary performers, generating alot of interest; a showcase program will return in Summer 2023. 


Click to learn more about our partners. Details of future co-created programming to be announced.

The Bullhorn received funding from a Civic Practice Grant from

OPERA America’s Opera Fund, Henry W. Robinson & Nettie Robinson Foundation, and from Bill Graham Memorial Foundation.