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James Darrah
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James Darrah

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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. He has been recognized as “a gifted young American director” (Chicago Tribune) with an unconventional body of directing, design, and curatorial work that “injects real drama” (The 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. His current projects include directing multiple world premiere operas with several leading composers. He will 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. He previously directed the world premiere of Mazzoli and Vavrek’s acclaimed operatic adaptation of Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where he received the George Burns/Gracie Allen Directing Scholarship.