Dan Wallace Miller
CityArts hails Dan Wallace Miller’s stage direction as “riveting… well executed, and relevant.” 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 collaborations on productions of Silent Night with Atlanta Opera and La traviata, Kátya Kabanová, and The Magic Flute with Seattle 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. Premiere 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 concentration camp Heart Mountain, composed by Sarah Mattox, and based on the real-life journal of Kara Kondo, an internee at the concentration camp. This production was also 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 Hansel and Gretel.
His other recent engagements include Die Zauberflöte and Semele with Pacific MusicWorks; Rigoletto with Opera Colorado; stagings of excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelungen for the Miami Music Festival Wagner Institute; Don Giovanni with Washington Idaho Symphony; Il tabarro and Gianni Schicchi with Vashon Opera, and the “Emerging Artist Showcase,” La Cenerentola, and The Rape of Lucretia with Green Mountain Opera Festival.