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Dan Wallace Miller

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Hailed as a “visionary director” by The Stranger, Dan Wallace Miller’s stage direction is “riveting… well executed, and relevant.” (CityArts) As Founder and Artistic Director of Vespertine Opera Theater, Mr. Miller dedicates his career to presenting operas in unique spaces that are dramatically engaging and cleverly innovative. His unique concepts and perceptive direction have proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. This season’s engagements include multiple productions with Seattle Opera including Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, Béatrice et Bénédict, and Aïda. Future seasons will see Mr. Miller at Washington National Opera and Austin Opera.

May
2017

May-06
The Magic Flute
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
Aug
2017

Aug-05
Madama Butterfly
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
Jan
2018

Jan-13
Così fan tutte
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
Feb
2018

Feb-24
Beatrice and Benedict
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
May
2018

May-05
to
May-19
Aida
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
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…unforgettable…
Die Walküre – “Words fall short to praise this representation which did not need a scenographic framework to achieve the full force of these scenes…. Drama and music certainly came together as the public applauded the staging of Dan Wallace Miller. …Unforgettable.”  El Nuevo Herald 
…timeless aspect with contemporary jolts…
 Pénélope – “Stage director Dan Wallace Miller has given it a timeless aspect with contemporary jolts.” City Arts Online 
…provocatively anti-traditional staging…
 The Magic Flute – “PMWs latest project… offered a fresh perspective on The Magic Flute by combining period instruments with a provocatively anti-traditional staging. Dan Wallace Miller was the director, using a new translation and adaptation.”  Musical America 
…relevant, timely and thought-provoking production…
 The Combat “What a relevant, timely and thought-provoking production. For those who think opera is an antique, elitist art form with no connection to our own time, here is a show to change your mind.” – Seattle Times 
…astute direction …
Rape of Lucretia “Under the astute direction of Dan Wallace Miller, José Rubio both vocally and physically portrays the horrible fracture of self that turns Tarquinius into a man who’ll rape…” The Stranger 
Hailed as a “visionary director” by The Stranger, Dan Wallace Miller’s stage direction is “riveting… well executed, and relevant.” (CityArts) As Founder and Artistic Director of Vespertine Opera Theater, Mr. Miller dedicates his career to presenting operas in unique spaces that are dramatically engaging and cleverly innovative. His unique concepts and perceptive direction have proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. This season’s engagements include multiple productions with Seattle Opera including Madama Butterfly, Così fan tutte, Béatrice et Bénédict, and Aïda. Future seasons will see Mr. Miller at Washington National Opera and Austin Opera.

Last season, Miller directed a widely lauded production of The Combat, an “immersive baroque pastiche” based on Montiverdi’s Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, at Seattle Opera. The Seattle Times raved “for those who think opera is an antique, elitist art form with no connection to our own time, here is a show to change your mind”, and hailed Miller’s staging as “imaginative and extremely effective, creating a graceful courtship in the first act, a tense and fraught second act with a deadly swordfight, and a stately processional for the third.” The Stranger praised its focus on “intimacy,” ultimately calling it “a profound experience of theater.” This production launched Miller into the spotlight as a director redefining and updating the experience of modern opera.

Mr. Miller’s Vespertine Opera Theater “…is making opera unfamiliar again in all the best ways…” (The Stranger). His recent productions with the company include the U.S. Prèmiere of Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of Francis Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias at Seattle’s oldest Vaudeville theater, Columbia City Theater; The Rape of Lucretia in Seattle’s biggest landmark cathedral, St. Mark’s Cathedral; and Heart Mountain, Vespertine Opera Theater’s first commissioned work named after the detention camp Heart Mountain, composed by Sarah Mattox, and based on the real-life journal of Kara Kondo, an internee at the detention camp. This production was performed at the Inscape Arts Building where local Japanese-American community leaders were imprisoned after the attack at Pearl Harbor. In addition to his work with Vespertine Opera Theater, Mr. Miller currently serves as Resident Assistant Director at Seattle Opera. During his tenure with the prestigious company since 2010, Miller has collaborated on productions of Nabucco, Le nozze di Figaro, Maria Stuarda, Der fliegende Holländer, and Hänsel und Gretel.

Other recent engagements include Die Zauberflöte, La traviata, and Kátya Kabanová with Seattle Opera; Silent Night with Atlanta Opera; Die Zauberflöte and Semele with Pacific MusicWorks; Rigoletto with Opera Colorado; and stagings of excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute.

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