Nicole Paiement is Artistic Director and Conductor of Opera Parallèle in San Francisco where she has conducted many new productions including the World premiere of Harrison’s opera Young Caesar; the commissioned chamber version of Harbison’s The Great Gatsby; John Rea’s re-orchestration of Berg’s Wozzeck; Glass’s  Orphée;  Thomsons’  Four Saints in Three Acts; Chessa’s commissioned opera  A Heavenly Act; Golijov’s Ainadamar;  the commission of De Silva’s opera Gesualdo, Prince of Madness; Poulenc’s  Les mamelles de Tirésias;  Weill’s  Mahagonny Songspiel; and the American premiere of Gorb’s opera Anya 17.  This season, Paiement will conduct Heggie’s  Dead Man Walking  and the American premiere of O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness.  Paiement is an active guest conductor and was recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor at The Dallas Opera where she will conduct the World Premiere of Joby Talbot’s opera Everest in February 2015. Other performances with The Dallas Opera include Machover’s Death and the Powers and Maxwell Davies’s The Lighthouse.  This December, she will be conducting at the Washington National Opera. Paiement made her Korean debut conducting opera in 2008. Her interest in interdisciplinary projects has led Paiement to collaborate with many dancers and media artists, conducting works from the 17th to the 21st century. Paiement is also well versed in Baroque Music, having completed a doctorate degree at the Eastman School of music, which focused on the music of Handel. Paiement studied Baroque performance practice with Jens Peter Larsen, Alfred Mann and John Eliot Gardner. She has frequently appeared with the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival and been a guest-conductor numerous times at the Sherbrooke University Summer Festival where she conducted large oratorios by works by Handel. Over the years, Paiement has conducted numerous recordings ranging from Early Music to Contemporary Music. Additionally, she is the Artistic Director of the BluePrint Project sponsored by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.