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Francisco Negrin is an award-winning stage director, based in Barcelona and working at major opera houses worldwide as well as in film, popular music and other media.





next production:

July 31st will see the revival of Il Trovatore at the Macerata Sferisterio Festival.

It was the critical sucecss of the 2013 festival and is back for more performamnces this summer!



Francisco has been very active in the last months conceiving events for Balich Worldwide Shows,

from major stadium ceremonies to spectacular site specific events, as part of his role as

Creative Consultant for the company.

He most recently was creative consultant on Mother of the Nation , a show for Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Court


Francisco's production of Jérusalem, by Verdi opened in Bonn in January 2016

One of only two or three productions of the piece ever staged in modern times.

Conducted by Will Humburg, with Stébastien Guèze and Anna Princeva

Designed by Paco Azorín and Domenico Franchi, with lighting by Thomas Roscher and video by Joán Rodón

It was an unexpected success for such an unknown piece. It sold out at every performance.




Intimissimi On ice - Shadows and Light - opened in October 2015 in Verona.

A second spectacular ice-based event in the roman arena at Verona, after last year's "OperaPop",

again combining opera, symphonic pop, skating and high tech visuals ,

with renowned opera singers and the return of world and olympic champions Carolina Kostner and Stéphane Lambiel a well as pop star Ellie Goulding



Handel's ALCINA for the The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, opened in February 2015

Ovations for Nicole Heaston who jumped in as Alcina at the last minute and gave a stellar performance!


see here for the earlier Oslo version



Mozart's IDOMENEO opened November 29th 2014 at the Aalto Musiktheater in Essen .

Conducted by Tomas Netopil, with Eric Cutler, Julia Kleiter, Michaela Sleinger, Simona Saturova , Michael Smallwood, Designed by Tobias Hoheisel

See the video trailer here:







And in the pop world:

Intimissimi On ice - OPERAPOP . Opened on 20 September 2014 in Verona.

A spectacular ice-based event in the roman arena at Verona, combining opera, symphonic pop and high tech visuals , with renounded opera singers and world and olympic champions Carolina Kostner and Stéphane Lambiel among others. The show featured pop stars Pharell Williams and Anastacia





Mozart's MITRIDATE opened at the court theatre at Drottningholm (Stockholm) Sweden, in August 2014.

It has been a resounding success with both audience and press. Conducted by David Stern, Designed by Louis Desiré, lit by Bruno Poet. With Miah Persson, Peter Lodahl, Raffaella Milanesi, Sara Hershkowitz, Christophe Dumaux, Elisabeth Meyer, Anders Dahlin




THAÏS opened to long standing ovations at Theater Bonn in May 2014.

Conducted by Stefan Blunier, with Nathalie Manfrino and Eevez Abdulla and Mirko Roschkowski triumphant in the main roles .

Designed by Rifail Ajdarpasic and Ariane Unfried, with lighting by Thomas Roscher.












ALCINA opened in Oslo in Jan 2014.

Led by Bjarte Eike and Christopher Bucknall, with Nicole Heaston and Tuiva Semmingsen.

Designed by Louis Desiré, with lights by Mikki Kunttu, flying and movement by Ran Braun.

It will next be seen in Copenhagen in February 2015

(photos Jörg Wiesner)







Verdi's Il Trovatore opened last summer at the Macerata opera festival in Italy,

in the beautiful Sferisterio arena. Designed by Louis Desiré and lit by Bruno Poet, the show was a resounding success!





Dec 15 2012 saw the première of Negrin's innovative and spectacular new production of The Cunning Little Vixen By Janacek, in Copenhagen, at the new opera house.


The show boasted groundbreaking designs by Es Devlin, sophisticated video art and projection mapping by Luke Halls, origami-like costumes by Carol Bailey, lighting by Bruno Poet and choreography by Ana Yepes.



The DVD and Bluray editions of Francisco's Amsterdam production of I Puritani have been released by Opus Art and are available worldwide, including on




Francisco's production of Werther, seen in San Francisco in 2010 opened in Chicago On November 10th 2012, Starring Matthew Polezani and Sophie Koch, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.





Verdi's Macbeth, in the production by Francisco originally premiered at the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg, opened on April 20 at the Opera in Monte Carlo with Maria Guleghina and Lado Ataneli in the main roles. It has again been incredibly well recieved.





The second production Francisco has directed of Handel's Rinaldo opened at Chicago Lyric Opera, to rave reviews and standing ovations!



Click the following link to hear Francisco , Harry Bicket and some of the cast present the piece to Chicago audiences: Discovery Series Lecture



Francisco Negrin's previous production was the very successful revival of his L'Arbore di Diana from Barcelona, in Montpellier , in November.

The DVD of L'Arbore di Diana has now been released by Dynamic, and is available worldwide. The show was recorded at the Liceo in Barcelona with the original cast. 


(article in april 1011 issue of "Classica")