The Dallas Opera Announces Nicole Paiement as Principal Guest Conductor

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

When The Dallas Opera decided to stage Death and the Powers, Tod Machover's challenging modern sci-fi opera, they called on conductor Nicole Paiement to handle the complex score. Paiement was a smart choice: as Artistic Director of San Fransisco's Opera Parallèl, a professional company dedicated to producing contemporary operas, she's made a name for herself as a conductor, interpreter and champion of new music. If you're looking for a conductor who isn't intimidated by the work required to master a new, strange or obscure piece of music, Paiement is exactly who you want in the pit.

This is why it is good news to hear from The Dallas Opera today that Maestra Nicole Paiement has been named the company's first ever Principal Guest Conductor. Paiement's new role begins immediately. She is, in fact, already scheduled to conduct the world premier of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer's forthcoming Everest at the Winspear Opera House in January of 2015.

Paiement first appeared as guest conductor with The Dallas Opera in 2012 when she made her company debut conducting Maxwell Davies' obscure 1979 thriller, The Lighthouse. In both that production and last season's Death and the Powers, Paiement proved herself to be a thoughtful and meticulous conductor who tackles the challenges of learning new material with enthusiasm and precision.

Paiement's new appointment with TDO indicates this company is dedicated to continue bringing new, obscure and hopefully even experimental opera to North Texas. With a conductor like Paiement on board, this company can tackle new works with confidence. Now we just have to wait and see what they have planned for the future. And, in the meantime, get excited for next season's world premier of Everest.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.