2021 Winner of the American Prize in
"Albert Herring" by Britten
"Silla" by Handel
Chicago Summer Opera
"Daughter of the Regiment"
St. Petersburg Opera
"Le Nozze di Figaro"
Crane Opera Ensemble
State University of New York
"Suor Angelica" & "Gianni Schicchi"
St. Petersburg Opera
"The Revenge of the Bat" by Strauss
Palm Beach Opera
Bernstein 100 Austin
with the Austin Symphony Orchestra,
Conspirare and Ballet Austin
A stage director noted for his "gorgeously constructed stage pictures," Josh Miller has served on the directing staff of The Glimmerglass Festival, Virginia Opera, Palm Beach Opera, The Fort Worth Opera Festival, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Opera San Antonio, Austin Opera and Austin Shakespeare.
Miller's most recent directing credits include The Revenge of the Bat for Palm Beach Opera, an opera for children adapted from Die Fledermaus, Bernstein's Mass with the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera, Ballet Austin and the Grammy-Winning Choral Ensemble, Conspirare. Turn of the Screw (Texas State Opera), Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi (Portland State Opera), Carmen & La boheme (Spotlight on Opera), Le nozze di Figaro (Crane School of Music, Virginia Tech University & The University of Texas at Austin), a double-bill of The Italian Lesson & Trouble in Tahiti (Opera Piccola of San Antonio), Sweeney Todd (Butler Opera Center), The Rape of Lucretia & Little Women (Spotlight on Opera).
Miller's production of Jake Heggie's Three Decembers was chosen as a winner of Opera America’s Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase. He and his design team presented their production concept to artistic directors and industry professionals during a special session of Opera America’s annual National Opera Conference in Washington, DC. An avid promoter of new music, Miller produced the fully-staged world premiere of Rose Made Man by Franklin Piland and Tegan McLeod as a part of the Cohen New Works Festival. He also directed the theatrical premiere of Daren Hagen's Cradle Song.
Dr. Miller is the Dean of Students at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
See the Three Decembers design here.
Watch our presentation at the 2015 Opera America Conference here.
Read the press release here.
"There are lots of nice touches throughout the staging. One in particular caught my eye… I've always thought it a lovely moment in the piece that often goes for naught if not well staged. Here, Miller gives it its due. All in all, lovely stagings."
Read the full Talkin' Broadway Review Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi here.
"Everything about this production works beautifully... Josh Miller has staged this work so it is set in a physical church space, which surprisingly works to free the work rather than constrict it. His staging is full of gorgeously constructed stage pictures and he has created lovely moments of connection amongst the chorus members."
Read the full Broadway World Review of Bernstein's Mass here.
"I've never seen it staged that way, brilliant idea."
Alexander Bernstein, after seeing his father's Mass.
"the zanny family’s antics zigzag over the stage and they’re FUNNY"
Read the full Oregon Arts Watch Review of Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi here.
"Miller's choices gave either a simple sober nod to the tale's horror or a wink at its mischievous sense of humor."
Read the full Austin Chronicle Review of Sweeney Todd here.
"an iconic work that has been given a smart and snappy staging"
Read the full Broadway World Review of Jesus Christ Superstar here.