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San Francisco, CA (Les Enfants Terribles)

May 26, 2017

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Les Enfants Terribles (1996)
by Philip Glass with a libretto adapted from the work of Jean Cocteau by Philip Glass and Susan Marshall.

Friday, May 26, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 27 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm

Caroline H. Hume Hall, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Tickets: $45-$120, on sale November 1

This hybrid dance-opera spectacle is the last in Philip Glass’ trilogy based on the works of Jean Cocteau and features four singers, narrator, dancers, and three pianos. Singers and dancers figure equally in Glass’ experimental work, which combines music and movement in a non-literal fashion to tell Cocteau’s story of Paul and Lise, who live in a world of creativity and imagination. The Opera Parallèle production will feature local favorite Hadleigh Adams, and Rachel Schutz, whom Opera Parallèle audiences will remember from her starring role in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias in 2014.


The award-winning Opera Parallèle develops and performs contemporary operas in a dynamic balance of known and new works, in new productions that shed light on their subject matter and engage audiences’ senses and sensibilities. Opera Parallèle is the only organization in the Bay Area presenting fully cast and staged contemporary operas exclusively.
Opera Parallèle also commissions new orchestrations of contemporary grand operas, to give a sense of intimacy to its productions and to give a new life to works which might not otherwise be performed.

Artistic director Nicole Paiement founded Opera Parallèle (originally Ensemble Parallèle) to perform new music and to collaborate “in parallel” with various artists including dancers, choreographers, visual and multimedia artists. These collaborations have enriched the Company’s productions and appeal to a wide-ranging audience, from seasoned opera-goers and classical music enthusiasts to contemporary art and dance-goers.
In 2007 Opera Parallèle began to focus exclusively on contemporary opera, and in February of that year the organization presented the world premiere of Lou Harrison’s opera Young Caesar. Most recently its productions have included the California premiere of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in a chamber orchestration by composer John Rea (2010); the Bay Area premiere of Philip Glass’ opera Orphée (2011); and Virgil Thompson’s Four Saints in Three Acts in collaboration with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the international exhibition The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso, and the Parisian Avant-Garde. Subsequent significant and successful productions have included the world premiere of its commissioned reorchestration of John Harbison’s opera The Great Gatsby, Osvaldo Golijov’s riveting opera Ainadamar, Gesualdo – Prince of Madness, Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, a double bill of the Weill/Brecht Mahagonny Songspiel with the Poulenc/Apollinaire Les mamelles de Tirésias, Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and in 2015-2016 a new production of Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz in collaboration with SFJAZZ, and Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse.

Since its founding, Opera Parallèle has presented more than 175 performances including 31 world premieres, released 14 recordings, commissioned 21 new works, and has performed in North America, Australia, and Asia.


May 26, 2017