Celebrated filmmaker James Gray makes his LA Opera debut with The Marriage of Figaro (2022).
Writer/director James Gray attended film school at the University of Southern California. He made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of 25. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.
Miramax Films released James Gray's second feature, The Yards (2000) starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn, Charlize Theron and James Caan in fall of 2000. The film was selected for official competition at the 2000 Cannes International Film Festival.
His film The Immigrant (2013), starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. His film The Lost City of Z (2016), starring Charlie Hunnam, premiered at the New York Film Festival. He followed with Ad Astra, starring Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones, which premiered at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. His next film, Armageddon Time, starring Anne Hathaway, Anthony Hopkins, and Jeremy Strong, wrapped production in December 2021.
He made his operatic debut in 2019, directing The Marriage of Figaro at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees.