We are incredibly excited to announce that our Board of Directors has hired Dan Wallace Miller as INO’s new Artistic Director! You may remember him as the innovative director for our 2021 production of Orpheus and Eurydice.
At the beginning of his career, he founded and was the Artistic/General Director of Vespertine Opera Theater, a company that was devoted to three things: increasing accessibility to this historically exclusive art form, shattering preconceived notions of what opera could be by focusing on site-specific work, and programming pieces that provoke introspection and discussion. Among the works produced was a commission of Heart Mountain, the story of a Pacific Northwest Japanese-American family that was forcibly incarcerated during the Second World War. With the input of local Japanese-American community leaders such as Densho and Washington State Senator Bob Hasagawa, the work was performed in the former courtroom where their forebears were held and charged in 1942.
“RIVETING… WELL EXECUTED… WELL STAGED, AND RELEVANT IN TODAY’S WARLIKE WORLD.”
Since founding Vespertine Opera Theater, he has directed grand opera in 3,000 seat houses, small and challenging immersive chamber shows, and everything in between. Dan’s extensive directing experience has included Carmen with Kentucky Opera; Il Trovatore, The Combat, and a film version of Tosca with Seattle Opera; Dido and Aeneas with Central City Opera; The Magic Flute with Pacific MusicWorks; and staged excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute. Other engagements have taken him to Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Opera Colorado, and The Atlanta Opera. Future engagements include Two Remain at Central City Opera and Susannah at Wolf Trap Opera.
“DELICIOUSLY IRONIC… INTREPID… REVISIONIST.”
Dan is excited to start working with INO, stating:
Our team is thrilled to have Dan joining INO in a year-round capacity. If you were unable to catch our production of Orpheus and Eurydice this past fall, directed by Dan, the video is still available to stream.