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Brian Staufenbiel is the Creative Director and Stage Director for Opera Parallèle, where he has helmed the direction and design of the company’s productions since 2007. His adventurous stagecraft has won critical acclaim for the company's productions. These include the recent new productions of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, the American Premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, along with John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby, Philip Glass’ Orphée, Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar, Adam Gorb's Anya 17, Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Virgil Thomson’s Three Saints in Three Acts, Francis Poulenc's Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. He is currently working on new productions of Terence Blanchard’s Champion in collaboration with the SFJazz Center and Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse.
Staufenbiel has directed many world premiere including the final version of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar, Luciano Chessa’s A Heavenly Act in collaboration with San Francisco/Museum of Modern Art, and Allen Shearer's The Dawn Makers. This past year, Staufenbiel directed the world premiere of Angel Heart, performed at Cal Performances in Berkeley, Carnegie Hall in New York City and Festival Del Sole. Staufenbiel shared a residency at Banff with composer Luna Pearl Woolf to create an original theater piece for Percussion, Violin and Cello which was premiered in Montréal. Staufenbiel is also the director of the opera program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a DMA from the Eastman School of Music.