James Haffner, stage director

Stage director James Haffner is a professor of opera at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in directing and an Artist’s Diploma in opera stage directing. Mr. Haffner is also a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov acting technique and is an associate teacher with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. His article “Musical Synthesis of the Michael Chekhov Technique” was recently published in the International Association of Theatre Critics journal, Critical Stages.

Mr. Haffner’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola took first place in the 2001 National Opera Association Production Competition and was a finalist both at the regional and national levels in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. That production furthermore holds the distinction of being the first to be invited to perform in the KC-ACTF national festival. More recently his 2013 production of Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was selected as a first-place winner in the National Opera Association competition.

Mr. Haffner has worked with both the Bay View and Bear Valley Music Festivals and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab-West. He is also a Fulbright Scholar and has been an active participant with the University Studies Abroad Consortium.