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01.07.19
James Darrah
Cataclysmic Suffering Sprawls Through the Prototype Festival
The New York Times
11.30.18
James Darrah
With Ellen Reid’s incandescent ‘prism,’ an opera composer is born
Los Angeles Times
09.27.18
James Darrah
An Opera Reaches the American Dream’s Brooding Heart
The New York Times
08.06.18
James Conlon, James Darrah
Music Academy of the West's annual stage opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," duly impresses
Santa Barbara News Press
03.29.18
James Darrah
5 Questions to James Darrah
I Care If You Listen
01.01.17
Marin Alsop, James Conlon, Sir Andrew Davis, David Robertson, Daniel Barenboim, Jeremy Denk, Alexandre Tharaud, Daniil Trifonov, Shai Wosner, Gil Shaham, Colin Currie, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra , Staatskapelle Berlin , Cleveland Orchestra , West-Eastern Divan Orchestra , The Knights , Philharmonic Orchestra , Lisette Oropesa, Tamara Mumford, Morris Robinson, James Darrah, VOCES8
Best of 2016
05.26.16
James Darrah
Symphony’s ‘On the Town’ is a shot of elation
San Francisco Gate
12.01.15
James Darrah
New Artist of the Month: Director James Darrah
Musical America
02.14.15
Christopher Rountree, Andriana Chuchman, James Darrah
Review: Opera Omaha's 'Flowering Tree' an assault on the emotions
Omaha World Herald
01.04.15
Julian Wachner, Anthony Roth Costanzo, James Darrah
An Unhinged King’s Downfall, in a Chapel Setting: Handel’s ‘Saul’ at Twelfth Night Festival
The New York Times
07.29.14
James Darrah
Darrah: Opera Future
San Francisco Classical Voice
07.02.14
James Darrah
The Best of Britten
Wall Street Journal
06.27.14
James Darrah
S.F. Symphony review: 'Peter Grimes' a high-water mark
SFGate

Working in classical music 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 place. 

His multifaceted work as a director, designer, and artistic/ creative director 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, special events, installations, and music videos. He is currently the artistic director of the ONE Festival, a new artist and team-driven performance series and first-of-its-kind creative residency with Opera Omaha. In its April 2018 debut, the ONE Festival was hailed for work that "expands the boundaries of the [operatic] form with artist-led events" (The Wall Street Journal).

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