Director Brian Staufenbiel is the creative director for Opera Parallèle, where he has directed and spearheaded the conceptual designs of the company’s productions since it was founded in 2010. Specializing in multimedia, immersive, and interdisciplinary productions, Staufenbiel actively works across a wide range of artistic disciplines, collaborating in film and with media designers, choreographers, dancers, circus and fabric artists, and designer fabricators. Staufenbiel recently directed films for the Sun Valley Music Festival and Seattle Opera. Other upcoming projects include the premiere of Miguel Zenon’s Golden City Suite with SF JAZZ, a feature-length film of Gordon Getty’s opera Goodbye Mr. Chips for Festival Napa Valley, and a documentary about the life of Frederica Von Stade with Paper Wings Films. Staufenbiel enjoys ongoing collaborations with composer Philip Glass, having directed a number of his operas, including In the Penal Colony, which was named a New York Times top ten pick.
Gordon Getty's celebrated opera reimagined for film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, receives a special screening at the historic Cameo Cinema in St. Helena. Getty’s fourth opera is based on the popular 1934 book Goodbye, Mr. Chips and other stories by James Hilton. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel, the film features tenor Nathan Granner, soprano Marnie Breckenridge, baritone Lester Lynch, and bass-baritone Kevin Short. The orchestra of stellar Bay Area players is conducted by Nicole Paiement. Members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, conducted by Francisco J. Núñez, also perform.