In November, Juilliard Opera opens its season with a production of Handel’s Radamisto, directed by James Darrah and conducted by Julian Wachner with Juilliard singers and Juilliard Historical Performance musicians, Juilliard415. Handel’s opera was written for the Royal Academy of Music and had its premiere in the spring of 1720 at King’s Theatre, Haymarket. The three-act opera is set to an Italian libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym, based on L’amour tiranico by Domenico Lalli’s Florentine play. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 20 (8 PM); Friday, November 22 (8 PM); and Sunday, November 24 (2 PM) in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera’s production of Radamisto are $30, available 10/16 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box office at Juilliard, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online at juilliard.edu/radamisto. Senior and student tickets are $15, available at the Juilliard Box Office only.
Los Angeles-based director, production designer, and visual artist James Darrah is committed to collaborative projects within the mediums of opera, theater, musical theater, and film/video. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut with direction and production design for an experimental multimedia production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt featuring the music of Grieg, Schnittke, and Robin Holloway, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, in January 2013. Other recent work includes direction and design for Chicago Opera Theater with critically acclaimed new productions of Handel’s Teseo and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée, and his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut with Luciano Berio’s Recital 1 (for Cathy) as part of the Green Umbrella series. Upcoming projects include his directing debut with Opera Omaha and frequent collaborator Stephen Stubbs conducting Handel’s Agrippina; direction for the world premiere of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting; Schoenberg’s The Book of Hanging Gardens with Boston Court Performing Arts in Los Angeles; continued collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on John Adams’ oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary (Peter Sellars, director) and Le nozze di Figaro (Christopher Alden, director); his directing debut for Pacific Musicworks in Seattle; and Così fan tutte in Hawaii.
Grammy®-nominated conductor Julian Wachner is sought after as conductor, composer, and keyboard artist. Recent and upcoming engagements include those with the Lincoln Center Festival (The Blind); BAM Next Wave Festival (Liederabend 2013); The Rolling Stones (50th anniversary tour); New York City Opera (VOX); Hong Kong Philharmonic; TENET (TENEbrae); Portland Baroque (Messiah); and with Carnegie Hall (Arvo Pärt’s Passio). As director of music and the arts at New York’s historic Trinity Wall Street, he oversees an annual season of more than 900 events, including Trinity’s numerous and varied concert offerings, series, festivals, museum exhibitions, dance and theater performances, poetry and literary readings, and educational/outreach initiatives in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn in partnership with New York City’s public school system. At Trinity Wall Street, Mr. Wachner serves as principal conductor of NOVUS NY (Trinity’s resident contemporary music orchestra), Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and Choir of Trinity Wall Street.