James Darrah

Opera Director and Designer

DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER JAMES DARRAH's visually and emotionally arresting work at the intersection of theater, opera and film is currently in demand in venues all over the world. His productions of operas, theater, music videos, film, and installations are known for their elegance with virtuosic and visceral "striking [work] that injects real drama" (The New York Times) merging innovative design with unexpected movement, narrative heft, and dance. CURRENT PROJECTS include debuts and new productions with The Kennedy Center, Theater an der Wien, The Santa Fe Opera, Prototype Festival and Theatro Nacional São Paolo in Brazil. In 2020 he also creates an original art installation with composer Ellen Reid, filmmaker Adam Larsen and LA Opera and continues collaborations with Beth Morrison Projects, Opera Omaha/ ONE Festival and Opera Philadelphia as well as Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony where he will direct a new production of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman with Tilson Thomas conducting and Frank Gehry designing. He is also currently in development for the new opera Dante with composer Patrick Cassidy and film producer Martha De Laurentiis, an expansion of Cassidy’s aria “Vide Cor Meum” originally written for the 2001 film Hannibal.

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