James Darrah

James Darrah (stage director) leads the new Los Angeles-based production company and artist collective, Chromatic. Current projects include direction for Don Giovanni with the Milwaukee Symphony, a return to Opera Omaha with a new production of John Adams’s A Flowering Tree, direction for Handel’s Saul with Trinity Wall Street’s Twelfth Night Festival, and a new staged co-production of Missa solemnis with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony. Chromatic partners with Los Angeles-based ensemble wildUp for concert design installations in Santa Barbara at the Music Academy of the West, in addition to designing and curating the 2015 Opera Omaha Gala in a transformed abandoned shopping mall. Mr. Darrah curates Chromatic’s debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program featuring the US premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s Hommage รก Klaus Nomi and HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!!, conducted by John Adams, and he directs Opera San Antonio’s production of Poulenc’s La voix humaine. Mr. Darrah’s recent work includes the world premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, his directing debuts with Opera Omaha and at Lincoln Center with the Juilliard School, opera projects with Pacific Musicworks in Seattle and the Merola Opera Program, and a film installation to accompany Schoenberg’s Book of the Hanging Gardens for the Theater@Boston Court. Mr. Darrah has collaborated with the SFS as director and production designer of Peer Gynt and Peter Grimes. He received his MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television and he has been awarded the James Pendleton Foundation Grant and the Princess Grace Award in Theater.

(June 2015)