Nicole Paiement (Opera Parallèle Artistic Director, Conductor, Founder) has gained an international reputation as a conductor of opera and contemporary music. Her numerous recordings include many world premiere works.
Her 2012 Dallas Opera debut conducting Peter Maxwell Davies’ 1979 thriller, The Lighthouse earned rave reviews. Subsequently, Paiement was appointed Principal Guest Conductor at The Dallas Opera. Paiement has since returned to Dallas to conduct performances of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers, as well as the critically acclaimed and highly anticipated world premiere of Joby Talbot’s opera Everest, Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Douglas Cuomo’s Arjuna’s Dilemma. She will return in 2018 to conduct the US premiere of Sunken Garden by Michel Van der Aa.
As Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle, Paiement has conducted many new productions, including: world premieres of Lou Harrison’s final version of Young Caesar, Dante De Silva’s commissioned opera Gesualdo, Prince of Madness (presented as a graphic opera), Luciano Chessa’s commissioned opera A Heavenly Act, the commissioned chamber version of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, the premiere of the re-orchestration of Terence Blanchard’s Champion in collaboration with SFJAZZ Center; the West Coast premieres of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Philip Glass’ Orphée; Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts; Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar; Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias; Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel; the American Premieres of Adam Gorb’s Anya 17 and Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness; the San Francisco Bay Area return of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking; and a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse. Under her baton, the company has performed two works this past season – Philip Glass’ Les Enfants Terribles and Jonathan Dove’s Flight. Upcoming productions with the company include Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince; Jake Heggie’s At the Statue of Venus; Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti; and the commissioned premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Today it Rains.
Paiement is a very active guest conductor. This past season she conducted Handel’s Xerxes at The Glimmerglass Festival; Kevin Puts’ Silent Night at The Atlanta Opera; the world premiere of The Unfolding by Wayne Shorter at the Monterey Jazz Festival; the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz’s The Dictator’s Wife at Washington National Opera and Lou Harrison Celebration Concerts with OtherMinds Festival. Upcoming engagements include a return to the Glimmerglass Festival and Washington National Opera; and debuts at Lyric Opera of Kansas City to conduct the reprise of Joby Talbot’s Everest , at Houston Grand Opera for Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorite and at Seattle Opera for Mason Bates’s The Revolution of Steve Jobs.
Last year, Paiement was awarded the American Composer’s Forum “Champion of the New Music” Award, for her outstanding contribution to New Music. She holds the Jean and Josette Deleage Distinguished Chair in New Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.