STAUFENBIEL Stage Director, Concept Designer


Brian Staufenbiel, Stage Director, Concept Designer1 Ainadamar2 Ainadamar3 Four Saints in Three Acts: 4 Wozzeck5 Wozzeck6 Orphee7 Four Saints in Three Acts: 8 Ainadamar9 Orphee10 Trouble in Tahiti11 Trouble in Tahiti12 Ainadamar13 Gesualdo, Prince of Madness: Graphic Opera14 Ainadamar15 Orphee16 Wozzeck17 aina8234-1218 Four Saints in Three Acts: 19 Orphee20 four_saints8957-a21 Trouble in Tahiti22 Trouble in Tahiti23 Orphee24 Orphee25 Wozzeck26 Ainadamar27 Trouble in Tahiti28 Four Saints in Three Acts: 29 Trouble in Tahiti30 Trouble in Tahiti31 Four Saints in Three Acts: 32 Ainadamar33 Trouble in Tahiti34 Trouble in Tahiti35 Wozzeck36 Brian Staufenbiel, Stage Director, Concept Designer37



Cross-disciplinary director, designer BRIAN STAUFENBIEL is Opera Parallèle’s Creative Director and Stage Director for whom he has helmed the direction and design of the companies’ critically acclaimed productions since 2007.

His adventurous stagecraft has won critical acclaim for the company's productions — among them the recent world premiere of the reorchestration of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby and the West Coast premiere of John Rea's reorchestration of Alban Berg's Wozzeck. His cross-disciplinary staging of Philip Glass' Orphée (2011) wove cirque acrobatics, kinetic staging, and floating film projections into a surrealistic tapestry.

Recently he directed Osvaldo Golijov's  Ainadamar, Barber's  Trouble in Tahiti and Schoënberg's  Pierrot Lunaire. Staufenbiel has directed many world premiere performances including the final version of Lou Harrison's  Young  Caesar, Luciano Chessa's  A Heavenly Act in collaboration with SanFrancisco/Museum of Modern Art, and Allen Shearer's  The Dawn Makers.  Last year he directed the American Premiere of Adam Gorb's  Anya 17, Francis Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias, Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Kirke Mechem's  Tartuffe. 

He is currently working on a new productions of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and an American premier of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, and a new production of Luna Woolf’s Angel Heart.