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Working at the convergence of opera, theater, and film, Los Angeles based artist JAMES DARRAH brings together disparate creators and mediums for community-focused collaborations that pair narrative heft and intimate character studies with abstracted, enigmatic realizations of time and space.

This multifaceted focus has quickly led him to be recognized as "a gifted young American director" (Chicago Tribune), with an unconventional body of directing, design and curatorial work that "injects real drama" (New York Times) into new theater and opera productions, films, events, installations, and music videos. He is the artistic director of Opera Omaha's ONE Festival, a new artist and team-driven performance series and first-of-its-kind creative residency. In its April 2018 debut, the ONE Festival was hailed for work that "expands the boundaries of the form with artist-led events" (The Wall Street Journal). 

His current projects include directing multiple world premiere operas with several leading composers of new music as well as an evolving focus on the aesthetic possibilities of opera within art film. This year, he directs the premiere of a new production of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek's latest opera Proving Up in the ONE Festival before later directing the show's New York premiere at the Miller Theater in the fall of 2018. He will also premiere Missy Mazzoli's VESPERS, a music film featuring Olivia DePrato on solo violin for NPR's First Watch that will also have its live debut with Jennifer Koh on violin at National Sawdust in Brooklyn in the spring. This marks the latest chapter in an ongoing collaboration that began in 2016, when Darrah directed the world premiere of Mazzoli and Vavrek's acclaimed operatic adaptation of Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves with Opera Philadelphia and the work's New York premiere with the Prototype Festival in 2017. The opera was subsequently nominated for Best World Premiere at the 2016 International Opera Awards, and won Best New Opera for 2016 from the Music Critics Association of North America ... read full bio