ABOUT ONE FESTIVAL
Building on Opera Omaha’s innovative work, and the storytelling power of opera, ONE Festival includes over fifty multi-disciplinary performances, installations, conversations and explorations. Omaha will be an epicenter of creativity as a cadre of world-class artists come together in the heart of the country to challenge conventional notions of “opera” by crafting one-of-a-kind events.
ONE Festival Leadership
Opera Omaha General Director
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Roger Weitz assumed the post of General Director of Opera Omaha in 2011. He holds a degree in music from Carleton College where he studied voice and sang in multiple ensembles. For seven years he worked for Chicago Opera Theater as the Artistic Administrator under the leadership of General Director, Brian Dickie. Following this post, Roger accepted a Fellowship at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a highly selective international arts administration program led by Kennedy Center President, Michael M. Kaiser. Following the Fellowship in D.C., Roger returned to Chicago Opera Theater where he served in a new capacity as the company’s General Manager for three years prior to the move to Omaha. Over the course of his career, Roger has managed the planning and creation of over 50 new productions, working with illustrious artists and creative teams from across the United States and abroad. As General Director, Roger works closely with Opera Omaha’s Board of Directors on strategic planning for the organization in addition to developing and leading the implementation of the company’s artistic vision.
ONE Festival Artistic Director
Director James Darrah has recently directed Flight, Semele, Agrippina and John Adams’ A Flowering Tree at Opera Omaha. Some of his recent engagements include directing the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s adaptation of Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves for Opera Philadelphia, direction/ design for an original music video for Joyce DiDonato’s new album In War and Peace, his European directorial debut with Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Portugal for Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, and an installment of San Francisco Symphony’s trailblazing SoundBox series. Other projects include an ongoing collaboration directing new productions with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and his three year Pelléas Project with Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Earlier this year he directed the Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande as part of the grand re-opening of Cincinnati’s Music Hall in collaboration with Cincinnati Opera. His production of Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves was nominated for Best World Premiere in the 2017 International Opera Awards. He returns to Opera Omaha as the Artistic Director of the new ONE Festival and will direct the world premiere production of Proving Up by Missy Mazzoli. He is a native of San Antonio, Texas and is based in Los Angeles, California.