In its new season, Opera Parallèle continues to push the definition of contemporary opera by making it relevant to 21st century issues. “As a contemporary opera company, we feel it is imperative to explore the role of opera as a vehicle for social change,” said Artistic Director, Nicole Paiement. “Our two major productions this year each shine light on significant social and environmental issues.”
Poulenc’s surreal overpopulated world in Les mamelles, combined with Weill’s utopic wishes of a better life, takes a innovative twist in the production and addresses the timely concerns of overpopulation, global warming and depleted natural resources. Composer Adam Gorb and his brilliant librettist Ben Kaye deal with conflict in a much more direct way. Their award-winning partnership is rooted in operas about extreme conditions and Anya17, which deals with human trafficking, is the latest in a series of highly socially- conscious operas.