He currently serves as Director of the Opera Program for the San Francisco Conservatory, visiting faculty for the Opera Studio of the Netherlands and as Director of the Orfeo Foundation, an international non-profit organization that’s supports young opera performers.
Previously, he was the Director of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, Artistic Advisor and Head of Faculty for the Training Program of the New National Theatre in Tokyo and Artistic Consultant and Principal Stage Director for the Bangkok Opera.
As a stage director his past productions include Aida, The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, Cosí fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, L’Histoire du Soldat, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, The Medium, The Merry Widow, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Pearl Fishers, The Rake’s Progress, La Serva Padrona and La Traviata, for companies including the Bangkok Opera, Gold Coast Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Juilliard School, Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera San Jose, Sacramento Opera and the San Francisco Opera Center.
A frequent judge for vocal competitions, he annually adjudicates for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His essays on artist training and the business of opera appear in several Opera Americapublications. He has been a stage director, voice teacher, and guest Master Class instructor at universities and training programs including Yale, Indiana University, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Works, Loyola University, Mannes School of Music, and the University of Florida. Mr. Harrell also recorded the role of Bernardo on the Deutsche Grammophon album of West Side Story.