A native of Slovenia, Daniela Candillari’s recent engagements include her Lyric Opera of Chicago debut, leading Fellow Travelers followed by An American Dream; NOVUS NY’s festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein; conducting Acquanetta (PROTOTYPE), the world premiere of PermaDeath (Boston), Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Angel’s Bone (Hong Kong), and Rene Orth’s Empty the House (Philadelphia). In summer of 2019, she leds the West Coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain in a new production by director James Darrah at Music Academy of the West. Future engagements include her debuts with Arizona Opera and Cincinnati Opera. A former Fulbright Scholar and a TED Fellow, Candillari holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Universität für Musik in Vienna, an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a M.M. and B.A. in Piano Performance from Universität für Musik in Graz.