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Adam Da Ros

Lecturer, Music

Director, UWM Opera Theatre

daros@uwm.edu
(414) 251-5735
Music 105

Education

MM, Opera Production, University of British Columbia
BM, Opera Performance, University of British Columbia
Diploma in Accounting, University of British Columbia
BS, Environmental Sciences and Political Science, University of British Columbia

Biography

Adam Da Ros is a Canadian stage and music director active in opera and musical theatre. He is on academic staff at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as adjunct instructor and director of the UWM Opera Theatre. He recently completed two seasons as Resident Artist Stage Director at Minnesota Opera, where he assisted on eight mainstage productions, including two world premieres, as well as directing members of the Resident Artist Program in promotional and outreach activities, including a recent concert at the National Opera Center in New York City.  

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 and Order of Canada recipient 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’amore and Eugene Onegin, as well as the director of 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 BalladCATS 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. 

After teaching a year of primarily virtual classes at UWM and a hugely successful live-streamed production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Adam looks forward to spending time in Milwaukee and getting to work with the fantastic students of the voice department in person.