2022 | 2023 Season
Opera Parallèle presents
Miles from where anyone can hear you scream
A Co-Production by Opera Parallèle, hawai’i opera theatre and Portland opera
COMPOSER & LiBRETTIST
Composer - Paul Moravec
Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has composed over 200 orchestral, chamber, lyric, choral and operatic works. Frequently commissioned by notable ensembles and music institutions, Mr. Moravec’s next premiere is A Nation of Others, an oratorio about Ellis Island to a libretto by Mark Campbell for Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall in November. Other recent premieres include The Shining for Minnesota Opera, and Sanctuary Road for North Carolina Opera. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, he holds the distinguished rank of University Professor at Adelphi University, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as well as Composer-in-Residence at the American Academy in Rome. His website is www.paulmoravec.com and his works are published by www.subitomusic.com.
Librettist - Mark Campbell
The Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning operas of librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell are among the most successful in the contemporary canon. Mark has written 40 opera librettos, 7 musicals, 8 song cycles and 4 oratorios. His works include Silent Night (Kevin Puts), The (R)evolution of Steve Job (Mason Bates), As One (Laura Kaminsky; Kimberly Reed, co-librettist), Elizabeth Cree (Puts), Sanctuary Road (Paul Moravec), The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare (Julian Grant), Stonewall (Iain Bell), Later the Same Evening (John Musto), Today It Rains (Kaminsky/Reed), Bastianello/Lucrezia (Musto) and Songs from an Unmade Bed. In 2020, he created and funded the Campbell Opera Librettist Prize the first award for opera librettists in the history of the art form and administered by Opera America, and in 2022 co-created the True Voice Award to help with the training of transgender singers, administered by Washington National Opera.
Creative & Production Team
Conductor - Nicole Paiement
Conductor, Nicole Paiement is the Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle (OP) in San Francisco. In 2021, Paiement conducted OP’s new film production Everest – A Graphic Novel Opera by Joby Talbot, a work she originally premiered on stage at The Dallas Opera, where she is Principal Guest Conductor. An active guest conductor, Mo. Paiement made her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2019 with Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and at Opéra de Montréal with the Canadian premiere of Benjamin’s Written on Skin in 2020. In January 2022 Mo. Paiement conducted with the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, Italy and will return there for concerts in 2023. Upcoming engagements include her UK debut in November 2022 at the English National Opera conducting Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life, before returning to London in June 2023 to conduct Talbot’s Everest with the BBC Symphony at the Barbican Center. In April 2022 Mo. Paiement returned to the Dallas Opera conducting Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers and she will return to Opéra de Montréal in 2023 for a new production of Golijov’s Ainadamar. In addition to being a leader in contemporary opera, Paiement is also a specialist in early 20th Century French music and regularly conducts music from the Baroque and Classical repertoire. Photo Credit: Cory Weaver
Director & Creator - Brian Staufenbiel
Brian Staufenbiel is the creative director for Opera Parallèle where he has directed and spearheaded the conceptual designs of the company’s productions since it was founded in 2010. Specializing in multimedia, immersive, and interdisciplinary productions, he actively works across a wide range of artistic disciplines collaborating in film and with media designers, choreographers and dancers, circus and fabric artists, and designer fabricators. His progressive approach to stagecraft has garnered critical acclaim for many of the company’s productions, including Wozzeck, Orphée, Champion and Dead Man Walking. Read Brian’s full bio here. Photo Credit: Cory Weaver.
Scenic Designer - Jacquelyn Scott
Jacquelyn Scott (Scenic Design) is thrilled to make her design debut with Opera Parallele! Jackie works as a production designer, art director, scenic designer and props designer for theater and film across the Bay Area. Her work has been seen at American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Shotgun Players, The Cutting Ball Theater, Word for Word, and Z Space. Past favorite credits include: Cabaret (SF Playhouse), Tiny Beautiful Things (SF Playhouse), The Chinese Lady (Magic Theatre), and Hedda Gabbler (The Cutting Ball Theater).
Costume Designer - Alina Bokovikova
Alina Bokovikova is an artistically diverse costume designer with more than seventy professional productions for live performances in her portfolio. She has several regional Best Costume Design awards and presented her works at the “Costume Design at the Turn of Century” exhibition in Moscow 2015, Prague Quadrennial 2012, and was featured in “American Theatre Magazine” 2016. Bay Area audiences could see her works at San Francisco Opera, Opera Parallele, Opera San Jose, West Edge Opera, California Shakespeare Company, TheatreWorks, Cutting Ball Theatre. Her regional credits include The Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, North Coast Repertory Theatre. Alina Bokovikova has a Master’s Degree in Education from Russia and MFA in Costume design from UC San Diego; she is a Costume Design Coordinator at Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Currently, she works on design for a panto Sleeping Beauty at Presidio Theatre.
Projection Designer - David Murakami
David Murakami is a projection designer and film director focused on the union between the cinematic and theatrical. Past productions with OP include Dead Man Walking, Heart of Darkness, Champion, Flight, Les Enfants Terribles, and Little Prince. Additional credits include Minnesota Opera’s Das Rheingold and Elektra; and Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit and Valley of the Heart. Others include Princess Cruises, Opéra de Montréal, and Arizona Opera. David also teaches at the University of California, Irvine. https://davidmurakami.com/projects
Assistant Conductor - Jaymes Kirksey
A native of the great state of Oklahoma, Jaymes Kirksey has become a national presence as a violinist, pianist and conductor. He serves as Conductor of Orchestras at Oakland School for the Arts while also a faculty member of the string and piano department. As a conductor and educator, Jaymes has created high quality musical interpretations ranging from Baroque to modern symphonic repertoire. He has performed in venues across Europe and the US and remains a steadfast performer in the Bay Area where he brings versatility, precision, and an exciting stage presence to audiences. Continuing as Music Director/Conductor of Young Musicians Choral Orchestra for his seventh-season, Kirksey continues to strive for exposure with young musicians and create access of classical music to communities of color.
Jack Torrance - Edward Parks
Grammy Award-winning baritone Edward Parks, a native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Yale University. A National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, Parks trained at the Met’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, and was also awarded third prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. Projects for the 2022-2023 season include Jack Torrance in The Shining with Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera Parallèle, Marcello in Yuval Sharon’s contemporary staging of La bohème with Boston Lyric Opera, and a presentation of Peter Knell’s new opera Arkhipov, centered around the Cuban Missile Crisis. Recent highlights include a national tour with Andrea Bocelli, Steve Jobs in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Santa Fe Opera, a return to Minnesota Opera as Audebert in Silent Night, Escamillo in Carmen with the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival in Japan, Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Oviedo in Spain.
Wendy Torrance - Kearstin Piper Brown
American soprano Kearstin Piper Brown has delighted audiences in lead roles with companies including San Francisco Opera (It’s a Wonderful Life, Heggie/Scheer), Lincoln Center Theater (Intimate Apparel, Gordon/Nottage), New Orleans Opera (La Bohème, Illica & Giacosa), Opera Colorado (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, and Da Ponte), Opera Memphis (Orpheus, Gluck/Calzabigi), Cape Town Opera (Porgy and Bess, Gershwin/Heyward), Utah Festival Opera (Ragtime, Flaherty/Ahrens/McNally), Utah Lyric Opera (La Traviata, Verdi/Piave), Arbor Opera Theater (Carmen, Bizet/Meilhac/Halévy), Opera in Williamsburg (The Magic Flute, Mozart/Schikaneder) and the Center for Contemporary Opera (Falling Angel, Scearce/Thurber). Ms. Brown’s concert career includes performances with the Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Moscow City Symphony, Belarussian State Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Lebanon Symphony, Cedar Rapids Chorale, Rochester Oratorio Society, New York Festival of Song, Rochester Early Music Festival, and the Gateways Music Festival.
Delbert Grady / Stuart Ullman - David Walton
Praised for his “clean, clear voice,” David Walton dazzles stages across the country to critical acclaim as a versatile tenor to watch. Recent performances include Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with Syracuse Opera and Frederic in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance with Cincinnati Opera. He has sung major roles with Glimmerglass Festival, Minnesota Opera, Virginia Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, and Livermore Valley Opera. Orchestral appearances include Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Reno Philharmonic. As a frequent collaborator in Minneapolis-St. Paul, he has performed with Schubert Club, National Lutheran Choir, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Cantus Vocal Ensemble. David is a 2017 Sullivan Grant Winner with the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, and a District Winner in Minnesota for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Bill Watson / Lloyd the Bartender - Nathan Granner
Tenor Nathan Granner has enjoyed a unique and diverse performing career which has allowed him to leverage his distinctive timbre and impressive range in a multitude of projects and productions. Granner’s early studies included training with Utah Festival Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Tulsa Opera, and Pittsburgh Opera Center. Granner was also a semifinalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City. Most recently, Mr. Granner has achieved critical success in a challenging and unique mix of roles and works including a debut of Verdi’s Alfredo with both Fort Worth Opera and Opera Santa Barbara, an on-film and studio soundtrack recording of the title role in Gordon Getty’s Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and Rob Hall in the award-winning animated film Everest, produced by Opera Parallèle and presented by The Dallas Opera. New roles for the coming seasons include Mozart’s Don Ottavio and Bizet’s Don Jose.
Horace Derwent - Timothy Murray
Heralded for his “firm, flexible baritone” (New York Times) and “swaggering, rakish” stage presence (Opera News), baritone Timothy Murray has won recognition in competitions including the Sullivan Foundation and the Loren. L. Zachary Society. He is a 2022 George London Foundation award winner and was a Grand Finalist in the 2021 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He is currently a member of the Adler Fellowship Program with San Francisco Opera with present assignments in Don Giovanni (Mozart/Da Ponte), Antony & Cleopatra (Adams/Adams/Shakespeare), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky/Pushkin), Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc/Poulenc), Dream of the Red Chamber (Sheng/Sheng/Hwang), and La Traviata (Verdi/Piave).
Mark Torrance - Eugene Brancoveanu
Romanian baritone Eugene Brancoveanu won the Tony Award for his portrayal as Marcello in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème on Broadway. He also was an Adler Fellow with San Francisco Opera and is currently in his 3rd year as resident at Opera San Jose. La Belle et la Bête in 2022 marked the 7th collaboration for him and Opera Parallèle. His vast operatic repertoire has taken him all over the world in leading roles in the lyric as well as dramatic repertoire. His European roots introduced him early to the German Lieder culture. He has been the featured artist in many prestigious recital festivals, such as the Schwabacher recital series and the young masters series. As a champion of new and modern music he has recently recorded the title role in Shostakovich’s Orango under the baton of E P Salonen, directed by Peter Sellars and has been published by Deutsche Grammophon.
Mrs Grady / Vocal Ensemble - Christabel Nunoo
Christabel Nunoo is a first-generation Nigerian/Ghanaian-American soprano and Oakland creative. She first discovered her love for music in her youth as a member of the Young Musicians Program. After discovering the opera world, Christabel went on to study classically at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. She made her solo debut in 2012 with the Oakland Symphony under the baton of late maestro Michael Morgan & throughout her career she has been invited to perform on several occasions with mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade. Christabel first appeared with with Opera Parallèle in 2018 but resurrected her role as Modesty in Marcus Shelby’s opera Harriet’s Spirit with text by Roma Olvera last November. She most recently premiered Michael Abels work “At War With Ourselves – 100 Years Of You” with poetry by Nikky Finney alongside Kronos Quartet. Christabel owes her dedicated passion for the arts to her late mother.
Mrs Massey / Vocal Ensemble - Molly Mahoney
Molly Mary Mahoney’s sublime singing, memorable humor, and heartfelt portrayals have charmed audiences and critics alike. A stylistically diverse performer, she sings opera, musical theater, and jazz with equal aplomb. She championed the Great American Songbook with her debut album, Two for the Road. Molly performed her first one woman show, Mischief!, in San Francisco, New York City, and London. Molly’s second cabaret show honors the music of her distant cousin Cole Porter. She combines her spellbinding Big Band and classical sounds in her new album and show, My Cousin Cole. Past operatic appearances include Hydrogen Jukebox with West Edge Opera, lauded by the San Francisco Chronicle for the “sheer beauty” of her voice. Other appearances include Livermore Valley Opera, West Bay Opera, Ars Minerva, San Francisco Opera Guild, and Lamplighters Music Theatre, praised by Opera News for the “simplicity and eloquence” of Molly’s performance as Iolanthe.
Vocal Ensemble / Mafia Guy 1 - Kevin Gino
Filipino-American Kevin Gino is proud to join Opera Parellèle once again. An alumnus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kevin enjoys collaborating in many ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area. He most values the work he does with his fellow performers to tell a story and share wonderful music. As an opera singer he continues to work and to learn every day, and as a person of color Kevin has vowed to utilize his craft to advocate for marginalized voices and for progressive reform in systemically racist institutions.
Vocal Ensemble / Mafia Guy 2 - Ryan Bradford
Hailed as an “outstanding baritone” (Oregon Music News) Ryan Bradford is quickly creating a name for himself with his “warm, and sumptuous baritone.” This season finds him debuting the world premiere chamber opera, A Song by Mahler (Neikrug) with Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. This past season he was a Marc and Eva Stern Fellow with LA Opera and Songfest and completed a yearlong residency as a vocal fellow with Chamber Music Silicon Valley, appearing as the ensemble in residence at the San Jose Museum of Art and traveling to Mexico on a chamber music tour with the songs of De Falla and Granados. He made his recent debut with Opera Colorado singing Happy in La Fanciulla del West and covering Hannah Before in As One (Kaminsky/Campbell). Further roles on tour include Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). He appeared as Jake Wallace and Sid (La fanciulla del West) at the Castleton Festival, Virginia, under the baton of Maestro Lorin Maazel. As a Mosher Studio Artist with Opera Santa Barbara, he sang Masetto in Don Giovanni as well as covering the title role. He completed a residency at Shreveport Opera singing the Baron in La Traviata, Samuel in Pirates of Penzance and Dandini in La Cenerentola. He has performed concert work with the Oakland Symphony, American Bach Soloists, Rogue Valley Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, and Opera Parallèle. He is an alumnus of DePaul University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has received distinction from the Fort Worth Opera McCammon Competition, Gerda Lissner Lieder Competition, the Loren. L. Zachary Competition, and Florida Grand Opera.
Vocal Ensemble/Senator - Wilford Kelly
Florida-native bass-baritone Wilford Kelly (26) is a multi-talented singer based in San Francisco, California. Currently, he is a full-time member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus and is an active performer across the United States, appearing in engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, West Edge Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Jacksonville Symphony and more! He believes that any performance in which someone is touched by his art is one he considers successful, and seeks to continue to inspire as many people as possible with his work.
Vocal Ensemble - Aisha Campbell
Jamaican American Soprano Aisha Campbell is a copywriting, podcast-addicted, opera singer and recitalist. Her accolades include a semi-finalist slot in the New York Lyric Opera Theater Competition, an Encouragement Award from The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Performance highlights include Cousin Blanche in Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz (Opera Parallèle), Miss Clancy in Hoiby’s Italian Lesson (Opera on the Spot), Lieutenant Uhura in Ben Carson’s Menagerie: The Trial of Spock, and Miss Pinkerton in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief (Opera on the Spot). As a recitalist and collaborator, she has performed throughout America and Europe as well as on local R&B artist Xiomara’s debut album, Seven Nineteen. You can find her writing or singing in the Bay Area. Also comes in clutch at pub trivia.
Vocal Ensemble - Tina Lu
Tina Lu is a soprano based in San Francisco. Before moving to the Bay Area, Tina studied voice and was involved in theater productions at Brown University, including The Boatswain’s Mate by Ethel Emyth and Hansel and Gretel. After graduation, she has been working as a software engineer at Google, while having a passion for singing in her spare time. She has been involved in a few pre-pandemic opera productions in the Bay Area, including Macbeth by Verdi with West Bay Opera, Dialogues of the Carmelites with Berkeley Chamber Opera. Tina is very excited to get back on stage again and especially with this new production of The Shining with Opera Parallele.
Vocal Ensemble - Rachel Rush
Rachel Rush, mezzo-soprano, a Bay Area native, she completed her B.A. in music at UC Santa Cruz in 2013, where she appeared as a soloist with several ensembles and sang the roles of Jo in Mark Adamo’s Little Women, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte, and others in the UCSC opera program. Recently she has appeared with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s New Music Ensemble, served as faculty for Volti’s Choral Institute for high school singers, and participated in the American Bach Soloists Academy. She is currently performs regularly with Volti.
Vocal Ensemble - Kurt Winterhalter
Kurt Winterhalter is an opera singer/performer currently based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Matthew Worth. His recent engagements include performing as a soloist with the Sacramento Choral Society and singing Il Conte Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Prague Summer Nights.