The Martha R. and Preston A. Peak
Principal Guest Conductor

Nicole Paiement

Nicole Paiement’s website

Nicole Paiement (Opera Parallèle Artistic Director, Conductor, Founder) has gained an international reputation as a conductor of contemporary music and opera. Her numerous recordings include many world premiere works and she has toured extensively in the US and Asia. Paiement is an active Guest Conductor. She has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor at The Dallas Opera where she appeared in February 2014 to conduct performances of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers (libretto by Robert Pinsky). Nicole Paiement earned rave reviews in her 2012 Dallas Opera debut conducting Peter Maxwell Davies’ 1979 thriller, The Lighthouse. At the time, Wayne Lee Gay of D Magazine’s Front Row blog wrote: “She combined old-fashioned precision and discipline with up-to-the-minute insight into the complex modernity of the score.” In December of 2014, she will appear as guest conductor with the Washington National Opera. In January 2015, she will return to Dallas to conduct the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s opera Everest (with a libretto by Gene Scheer).

With Opera Parallèle, Paiement has conducted many new productions including the World premiere of Lou Harrison’s final version of Young Caesar; the commissioned chamber version of John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby; the West Coast premiere of John Rea’s re-orchestration of Berg’s Wozzeck, Philip Glass’ Orphée; Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts; the World Premiere of Luciano Chessa’s commissioned opera A Heavenly Act; Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar; the World premiere of of Dante De Silva’s commissioned opera Gesualdo, Prince of Madness – presented as a graphic opera; Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias; Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel; and the American Premiere of Adam Gorb’s opera Anya 17.

Additionally, Nicole Paiement is the Artistic Director of the BluePrint Project – a new music series sponsored by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. With this music series, she has commissioned, premiered and recorded works from many living American composers. Paiement previously served as the Director of Ensembles at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she conducted the orchestra and opera productions.

Photo of Ms. Paiement: Roger Steen