Opera Parallèle Presents:

Today it Rains

A New Chamber Opera

March 28 - 31, 2019 on Z Space's Main Stage
Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Based on an original concept by Mark Campbell
Projection Design by Kimberly Reed
Production design concept by Brian Staufenbiel
Co-commissioned with American Opera Projects

Today It Rains is a new chamber opera inspired by a real event in the life of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. On the rainy morning of April 29, 1929, O’Keeffe boarded a train in New York with fellow artist Rebecca Strand, leaving behind her tumultuous marriage with Alfred Stieglitz and yearning for escape and creative fulfillment. Three days later, she arrived for the first time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, inspired by the power of the area’s landscape and ready for new artistic experience. The 90-minute work that imagines this life event will be performed by a cast of eight singers and an instrumental ensemble of eleven, and will feature a sophisticated projection design, including ‘film arias’ created by Kimberly Reed and Brian Staufenbiel. While taking its inspiration from this singular artist’s journey, the story will resonate with anyone who seeks creative freedom and is transformed by the beauty of Nature. Today It Rains is a courageous woman’s story and an independent artist’s story. It is also a uniquely American story.


Be sure to get tickets to the Kick-off Party ($30 / $20 Students) and to the Art of Chance workshop ($20 / $10) when you purchase a ticket to Today It Rains. 

Running time approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.

Please note that a limited number of patrons have been experiencing technical difficulties with our online ticketing system. We are working as quickly as possible to resolve this situation. In the meantime, if you are experiencing trouble, please call any of the following numbers: Z Space’s Box Office at 415-659-8132, General Manager Abigail Pañares at 925-413-6636, or Managing Director Shafer Mazow at 415-290-3696 in order to process your order over the phone. Please feel free to leave a message at any of the above as well and we will assist you at our earliest available time. Apologies and thank you for your patience.

Note that all shows contain pre-show discussions and activities and post-show receptions. Visit the OVERVIEW page for a full itinerary.

Co-commissioned by Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects. The score has been commissioned by Opera Parallèle in part through the OPERA America Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The libretto has been commissioned by AOP with support from the New York State Council of the Arts. By arrangement with Bill Holab Music.


Blythe Gaissert (mezzo-soprano) as Georgia O’Keeffe
Daniel Belcher (baritone) as Alfred Stieglitz
Nathan Granner (tenor) as Aubrey
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano) as Beck
Maya Kherani (soprano) as Ensemble
Kindra Scharich (mezzo-soprano) as Ensemble
Elliot Paige (tenor) as Ensemble
Gabriel Preisser (bass) as Ensemble

Artistic Team

Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Creative/Stage Director: Brian Staufenbiel
Assistant Director: David Toro
Set Design: Sean Riley
Lighting Design: TBD
Media Design: Kimberly Reed
Costume Design: Alina Bokovikova
Wigs/Makeup: Sophia Smith
Props: Ryan Parham
Pianist: Keisuke Nakagoshi
Dramaturgy: Matt Gray and Brian Staufenbiel

Visit Opera Parallèle's Website for more extensive information on the show.