Meet Melinda Luisa de Jesús & Clifford (Kip) Cranna
Opera Parallèle's newest Board members
OP is thrilled to have Dr. Melinda Luisa de Jesús join our Board of Directors. An Associate Professor and former Chair of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts, she writes and teaches about Filipinx/American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States.

A gender/ethnic studies professor and a Baroque mezzo-soprano, de Jesús says that she jumped at the chance to get involved with OP. "It's rare when I get to combine these very different aspects of my life. OP's fearless and politically relevant programming speaks to me deeply as an academic, activist, and artist, and I look forward to contributing to its inspiring mission."

Her academic writing has appeared in several prestigious publications, including The Journal of Asian American Studies. Also, a poet, de Jesús's first collection of poetry, peminology, was published by Paloma Press in 2018. In Spring 2019, she was the Muriel Gold Senior Visiting Professor at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Visit to learn more.
OP welcomes Dr. Clifford (Kip) Cranna to our Board of Directors. Currently Dramaturg Emeritus at San Francisco Opera, he served on the staff there for over forty years, thirty as Director of Music Administration. Cranna holds a Ph.D. in musicology from Stanford University and teaches opera appreciation at several Bay Area universities including, U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State.

Throughout his well-established career, he coordinated the commissioning and co-commissioning of more than 20 new operas. Before joining OP's board of directors, he served for over a decade on the Advisory Council. "Opera Parallèle is at the forefront of excellence in promoting opera of our own time, and am I proud and pleased to be associated with this fine company," Cranna shares.

He notes the pandemic's impact the past year has abruptly forced the opera industry to reinvent itself at a faster pace than expected. "Opera Parallèle has been at the vanguard of that reinvention. Thanks to innovative ideas like those of OP's creative team, opera – in particular, contemporary opera – can emerge from the crises with a new energy and focus, poised for a bright future."

Post pandemic, Cranna looks forward to chatting with friends at intermission of a great OP performance preceded by a wonderful dinner at the Hayes St. Grill.

"This 2018 production by Opera Parallèle [ . . . ] has turned me around on the work."
- Seth Coulter Walls
NY Times - March 25, 2021
In the past, I’ve found the recording of this Philip Glass “pocket opera,” adapted from Kafka’s short story, to be a bit of a slog. But a staging can make all the difference, particularly when dealing (as here) with a talky libretto. This 2018 production by Opera Parallèle — presented as part of this year’s digital edition of Glass’s Days and Nights Festival — has turned me around on the work. Thanks to a strong pair of lead performances and a simple yet effective black-box set, Kafka’s bureaucratized dystopia shines through with a fresh lacquer of bleak humor. SETH COLTER WALLS
OP Close-Up free online recital
Join Jazz Soprano Tiffany Austin and Marcus Shelby, Double Bass
for the premiere of
Close-Up: Celebrating Earth Day, Thursday, April 22nd at 5 PM PDT.
Links to this free on-demand recital will be posted on our website two hours before the premiere or sign up to receive the links in an email reminder an hour before the recital begins.
Available on-demand until Thurs, May 20 at 5 PM
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