Francisco Negrin is a stage director mostly working in opera but who has also created arena and stadium projects, museum openings, fashion shows, as well as other commercial events, including one of the largest shows ever, the opening of the 2017 AIMAG, with 6000 performers, two ice shows in the Verona roman arena and a 1-kilometer-wide show at the Dubai World Cup. He has directed over 70 critically acclaimed productions in the leading opera houses around the globe, many of which have been televised and released on DVD. The Royal Opera House in London, Chicago Lyric Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, Sydney Opera House, New York City Opera, the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam or the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris are only a few of the major companies where Francisco Negrin’s work has been presented.
His work is distinguished by faithfulness to the text and music, refracted through a thoroughly modern but elegant sensibility that changes style to suit and enhance the piece rather than impose on it, and a strongly visual and kinetic approach often described by the press as “cinematic”. He is admired by singers and conductors alike as a director who deeply understands the musical aspects of the piece and collaborates with the musicians to achieve better dramaturgy. His work has especially had an impact on changing audiences’ perception of “difficult” or unknown pieces. Francisco has a special liking for directing site-specific events and using dance and other media in truly telling ways.
Francisco has won several awards for his work and his London production of Handel’s Orlando was nominated for two Laurence Olivier awards.