James Darrah

Director and designer James Darrah leads the Los Angeles-based production company Chromatic. Current projects include Chromatic's annual residency with Opera Omaha, including a new production of Handel’s Semele in a co-production with Opera Philadelphia, and his European debut with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal directing Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride. With the San Francisco Symphony he returns in 2016-17 to direct a semi-staged production of Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, led by Michael Tilson Thomas. Other upcoming projects include Mascagni’s Iris for his debut at Bard Summerscape, designs for Peter Brook’s adaptation of Carmen at Maine’s Bay Chamber Festival, and the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's Breaking the Waves for Opera Philadelphia. Mr. Darrah also recently completed the first installment of his three year Pelleas Project with the Cincinnati Symphony and directed Così fan tutte with the Milwaukee Symphony. Past projects include Peter Grimes with the San Francisco Symphony, the world premiere production of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Handel’s Semele with Pacific Musicworks in Seattle, and his Lincoln Center directing debut with Handel's Radamisto for the Juilliard School. James Darrah holds a MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. He was awarded the national Princess Grace Award in Theater, was a nominee for newcomer in the 2015 International Opera Awards, and was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for December 2015.

(May 2016)