Nicole Paiement, is an internationally recognized conductor of contemporary music and opera. She is the Artistic Director of Opera Parallèle in San Francisco and the Principal Guest Conductor at The Dallas Opera. Also an active guest conductor, Paiement recently appeared with Seattle Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera and the Washington National Opera. Recently, Paiement conducted Benjamin’s Written on Skin at L’Opéra de Montréal and the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s latest work, If I Were You, with San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program. In May, Opera Parallèle will present a new version of Stewart Wallace’s Harvey Milk in San Francisco with Paiement at the helm. Other upcoming engagements include a debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Talbot’s Everest at the Barbican Center, London.