"...Music Director Parisa Zaeri leads her playfully ribald 12-piece chamber orchestra..."

"...But as I mentioned, the orchestra was housed under the upper level of the steps (under those stairs) and I wondered how difficult it must be for the conductor to maintain control when the cast is facing away from you for most of the production. Music Director Parisa Zaeri must have rehearsed tempi with great exactitude, and the confident singing in this show was one of its great strengths."

"...Conductor and collaborative pianist Parisa Zaeri, a member of the 2016 Dallas Opera Women’s Conducting Institute, provided the piano accompaniment and supplied a great deal of musical artistry. She gave this riotously funny show the needed tension and a strong base that foretold its tragic ending. While the characters onstage gave us comedy for three acts, there was always emotional intensity from the piano. I would like to hear Zaeri conduct an orchestra playing this score so that I could relish every detail of her interpretation..."

LA Weekly on "Love and Death in Highland Park, in Pacific Opera Project's Tragically Hip Makeover of La Bohème"

December 12, 2017

"...When the two lovers engage in a duet at the end of Act I, they harmonize idyllically as they walk slowly into the crowd, through the lobby and out the front door of the building, accompanied only by Zaeri’s spare piano accents and the soft percussion of their own footsteps. All joking aside, it’s a transfixing moment of sublime beauty..."

Living Out Loud LA on "Pacific Opera Project’s Revival of "La Boheme: ‘AKA The Hipsters'” Still Funny, Sad, Creative, Irreverent and Politically Incorrect"

December 14, 2017

"...The production was accompanied admirably by music director Parisa Zaeri on solo piano providing great musical support even while behind a sheer screen, allowing the voices to take center stage, literally..."

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