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Award-winning stage director and designer Marc Callahan has worked on productions at the Royal Opera House, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Holland Festival, Scottish Opera, Miami Music Festival, the New World Center, Théâtre du Châtelet, and the Théâtre du Capitole. Particularly known for his “fringe” productions, Callahan received critical acclaim for Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, saying it was “designed and directed with jaw-dropping invention” (Michael White, The Guardian) and was awarded first prize for his productions of Kurt Weill’s Der Jasager and Hildegard von Bingen's Order Virtutum from the National Opera Association and was a three-time winner of a Charles C. Reilly Director’s Prize. Recent productions include: The Marriage of Figaro, Cendrillon, The Blue Forest, Help, Help, the Globolinks!, Der Jasager, Lohengrin, Alcina, ATLAS, Die Walküre, Il sogno di Scipione, Albert Herring, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ordo Virtutum, and L’incoronazione di Poppea (“…devising a brilliant production of remarkable dramatic intimacy.”).


As a singer, Callahan’s operatic career has taken him around the world, performing at houses such as: The Royal Opera House, Opera North (UK), Santa Fe Opera, Carolina Performing Arts, Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Théâtre du Capitole, Opéra National de Lyon, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra Comique, Théâtre Royale de Versailles, and the Opéra de Marseille. His repertoire includes: Hannah Before (As One), Don Giovanni, Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), il Conte di Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Count Arnheim (The Bohemian Girl), Zar Peter (Zar und Zimmermann), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Ramiro (L’heure espagnole), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Sid (Albert Herring), Frédéric (Lakmé), Escamillo (Carmen), Le Carnival (Le Carnival et la Folie), Artemidore (Armide), and Bobinet (La vie Parisienne). As a concert performer, he has sung Charpentier’s Leçons et Ténèbres with Les Arts Florissants, an evening of mélodie française with the London Song Festival, Haydn’s The Creation, Götterdämmerung with Midsummer Opera (London), a program of Henri Dutilleux mélodies (Radio France), Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 5, and as bass soloist in The Tempest with Les Ombres and the Opéra de Marseille. He has recorded with Virgin Classics, FRA Musica, Passavant, Newport Classic, Editions d’Ambronay, Radio France, and has an upcoming recording of works by Gerald Finzi with Albany Records. Opera magazine has hailed him as “a powerful baritone, providing wickedly glamorous tone.”

Operas Directed


Approaching Ali: D.J. Sparr

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Britten     

Ordo Virtutum: Hildegard von Bingen

L’Incoronazione di Poppea: Monteverdi 

Albert Herring: Benjamin Britten  

L’enfant et les sortilèges: M. Ravel 

Atlas: Meredith Monk 

Il Sogno di Scipione: W. A. Mozart 

L’Incoronazione di Poppea: Monteverdi 

Die Zauberflöte: W. A. Mozart 

One Who Says Yes: Kurt Weill 

Lohengrin: R. Wagner  

Help, Help, the Globolinks!: G. C.Menotti 

Flight: Unwrapped: Jonathan Dove 

Cendrillon: Jules Massenet 

The Marriage of Figaro: W. A. Mozart 

The Blue Forest: Louis Aubert
Les Indes Galantes: J. P. Rameau 



Parade: Eric Satie and Pierre-Yves Macé (Théâtre du Châtelet)

A Good Boy: Callahan, Harris, Layague (Composer/Producer)

Die Walküre: Wagner 

Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Rossini 

Flight: Jonathon Dove (Scottish Opera)

Dead Man Walking: Jake Heggie  

The Cure/The Corridor: H. Birtwistle    

(Royal Opera House, Covent Garden)

Les Fiançailles au Couvent: S. Prokofiev (Théâtre du Capitole)

La Vestale: Saverio Mercadante 


National Opera Association Award, First Prize, 2022

American Prize for Virtual Performance, First Prize, 2022

The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize Winner, Third Prize, 2021

National Opera Association Award, Second Prize, 2021

The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize Winner, Third Prize, 2021


American Prize Finalist: Opera Companies, 2021


The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center NMTC, Finalist, 2021


The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize Winner, Honorable Mention, 2020


Winner of Outstanding Performance, 2020


National Opera Association Award, First Prize, 2019

The Charles Nelson Reilly Prize, Finalist, 2019


National Opera Association Award, Second Prize, 2017

International Opera Awards, Nominee, 2016

Prix Lili Boulanger, Concours International de la Mélodie Française, FR



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