James Darrah

James Darrah (Director) is a Los Angeles-based director and designer. Recent projects include Handel’s Semele as part of an annual residency with Opera Omaha, his European directorial debut with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal for Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, and an installment of the SFS SoundBox series. Other recent projects include his debut at Bard Summerscape with Mascagni’s Iris, the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s opera Breaking the Waves for Opera Philadelphia, with additional performances at the Prototype Festival. Mr. Darrah recently collaborated with Los Angeles-based dance group WIFE and the Cincinnati Symphony for a three-year project based on Maeterlinck’s play Pelléas et Mélisande; in 2017 he directs Debussy’s opera of the same name in collaboration with Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Opera. In 2018 Mr. Darrah will assume the role of artistic director for an annual spring festival and artist residency with Opera Omaha, and he will also direct the world premiere of the newly-commissioned opera Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli in a co-commission with Washington National Opera and the Miller Theater. Mr. Darrah’s projects with the San Francisco Symphony include semi-staged productions of Peer Gynt, Peter Grimes, Missa solemnis, and On the Town. He received his MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and continued his studies at the Juilliard School. He has been awarded the Princess Grace Award in Theater and was a directing nominee in the 2015 International Opera Awards.

(January 2017)