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James Haffner, director

James Haffner is associate professor of opera at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. His production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola took first place in the 2001 National Opera Association Production Competition, and the production was a finalist both at the regional and national levels in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. His Cenerentola production holds the distinction of being the first opera allowed to be performed in the KC/ACTF national festival. More recently, Mr. Haffner’s work was recognized by the KC-ACTF with an encore production of his reworking of Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. He also directed the West Coast premiere of Glen Roven’s musical Heart’s Desire (with the composer in attendance), which likewise received KC-ACTF recognition. Additional credits include the German premiere of Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day; Das Mahagonny Songspiel, which was presented as part of the premiere Brecht Fest at the Berliner Ensemble; and Dido and Aeneas with the Museumsinsel Fest, Berlin. Mr. Haffner has also worked as an artist-in-residence at the Bay View Music Festival in Michigan and the Bear Valley Music Festival. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (and was quoted in American Theatre’s 2002 coverage of the event), sat on the National Opera Association Board of Directors, and has served as a consultant with Opera America. Professor Haffner has taught at the Technische Universit├Ąt, Berlin; stateside, he has served on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Miami University, Webster University, and the California State University, Fullerton.

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