Adam Da Ros
Adam Da Ros is a Canadian stage and music director active in opera and musical theatre. He returns to Minnesota Opera this year after joining the company as Resident Artist Stage Director for the 2018-2019 Season, assisting on mainstage productions of La Rondine, Italian Straw Hat, The Fix, and La traviata. He was also director of the concert which concluded the company’s week-long residency in Alexandria, Minnesota, where members of the Resident Artist Program performed alongside a community chorus and orchestra as the culmination of a week of educational activities and mentorship.
Adam holds a Master of Music degree in Opera from the University of British Columbia, where he trained as a vocalist before specializing in stage direction and opera production, serving as assistant stage director to program director Nancy Hermiston for three seasons. He is an alumnus of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at Vancouver Opera, where he also worked in the Artistic Planning department for two seasons. As a young artist, he was assistant stage director on productions of L’elisir d’amoreand Eugene Onegin, as well as directing the Vancouver Opera in Schools tour of Dean Burry’s The Scorpion’s Sting.
Recent directing credits include Il barbiere di Siviglia and Madama Butterfly for Burnaby Lyric Opera, Un ballo in maschera with Opera Mariposa and Heroic Opera, an original adaptation of Mozart’s Idomeneo designed for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and a modern adaptation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas combined with Canadian composer James Rolfe’s Aeneas and Dido, both for Manitoba Underground Opera.
Adam has been actively involved with several contemporary music ensembles, directing Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King for Nu:BC Collective, and the world premiere of The Old Man and the Sea by Rita Ueda with Turning Point Ensemble for the International Society for Contemporary Music’s World New Music Days 2017.
As a music director for musical theater, he has led productions of Tommy with Renegade Arts Company and Murder Ballad, CATS and Ragtime: In Concert with Fighting Chance Productions, receiving the 2017 Community Theatre Coalition Awards for Best Musical Director and Best Musical for Ragtime.
He has also worked as an assistant director, assistant conductor, pianist, and administrator at various summer festivals, including Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Opera NUOVA, Halifax Summer Opera Festival, the Accademia Europea dell’Opera and as a stage director for the 2018 Opera in the 21st Century program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
This season, Adam will serve as Assistant Stage Director for Minnesota Opera mainstage productions of Elektra, The Barber of Seville, Flight, the world premiere of Edward Tulane, and Don Giovanni, as well as directing for promotional and outreach activities.