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Los Angeles based director and designer James Darrah's collaborative focus through varied mediums has quickly led him to be recognized as "the newest discovery... a gifted young American director" (Chicago Tribune). He has crafted an unconventional and varied body of work that "injects real drama" (New York Times) into new theater and opera productions, installations, and events that become "once-in-a-lifetime experience[s]" (Opera News). 

Darrah’s recent projects include a return to an annual residency with Opera Omaha, where he launched a production of Handel’s Semele in a co-production with Opera Philadelphia; his European directorial debut with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal for new production of Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride; and an installment of San Francisco Symphony’s trailblazing SOUNDBOX series. In January 2017, he continues his ongoing collaboration with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas as director of Mahler’s Das Klagende Lied in a new staged production for San Francisco Symphony. Other recent projects include a debut at Bard Summerscape with a new production of Mascagni’s Iris and the acclaimed world premiere of Missy Mazzoli's operatic adaptation of Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves for Opera Philadelphia and the Prototype Festival. Darrah also recently collaborated with LA-based dance group WIFE for the first two installments of his three year Pelleas Project based on Maeterlinck’s play Pelléas et Mélisande with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he will direct the Debussy opera in the final installment of the project as part of the grand re-opening of Cincinnati’s Music Hall in a new production, conducted by Langrée, in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera ... read full bio