Born in 1963, Francisco Negrin studied Cinematography before moving into opera.
His experience has taken him to most of Europe's, America's and Australia's major opera companies and festivals. He has established a reputation as one of the most thought-provoking and genuinely "musical" opera directors of his generation.
From his historic re-staging of Debussy's fragment The Fall of the House of Usher in London to his two hit productions of Handel's Giulio Cesare seen at Sydney Opera, Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, he has exhibited a sureness of touch and artistic individuality that has won him spectacular accolades wherever he works.
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 musicians to achieve better dramaturgy.
His work has especially had an impact on changing audiences' perception of "difficult" or unknown pieces, and he has a special liking for directing site-specific events and using dance and other media in truly dramatic ways.
Many of his opera productions have been filmed for television (Both productions of Una Cosa Rara, Venus, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, l'Arbore di Diana, Una Cosa rara, the two different Giulio Cesare, I Puritani and Norma).
Partenope from Copenhagen and Norma as well as l'Arbore di Diana from the Liceo, the two different Giulio Cesare, I Puritani from Amsterdam and Il Trovatore from Macerata are also available on DVD and I Puritani on BluRay.
His earlier production of Handel's Giulio Cesare for the Australian Opera, has been released on DVD and CD and the production has won five separate Australian Green Room Awards, including that for Best Director and Best Production. The newer Cesare for the Royal Danish Opera, also available on DVD, won the Årets Reumert award and moved audiences to camping outside the theatre for tickets. Partenope was nominated for the same award and Orlando at the Royal Opera House was nominated for two Laurence Olivier Awards
Francisco Negrin has directed over 50 major productions, including the already mentionned ones and among others a ground breaking Don Giovanni (for Glimmerglass and New York City Opera) and Beatrix Cenci for Geneva, at De Vlaamse Opera Fidelio and Arabella, at the Santa Fe Festival a hit production of Handel's Agrippina and also Alceste, in Copenhagen the world premiere of Poul Ruder's The Trial, La Clemenza di Tito at the Liceo in Barcelona and Leipzig, The Merry Widow in Leipzig.
His second production of Philip Glass' Orphée was a chance for a very spectacular use of the Linbury theatre at the Royal Opera as was his Mitridate reworked for the Alhambra in Granada. Francisco Negrin made his debut in Italy with Beethoven's Leonore in Bologna, and in Germany with J.C. Bach's Temistocle in Leipzig, which has also been seen in Toulouse. Recent productions include Martin y Soler's Una Cosa Rara (second production) for Valencia, Valladolid and Murcia, L'Arbore di Diana for Barcelona , Monpellier and Madrid, Macbeth in Strasbourg and Monte Carlo, Werther in San Francisco and Chicago, I Puritani in Geneva, Salome in Valencia,and an all new Rinaldo in Chicago. And the latest have been very successful and innovative The Cunning Little Vixen in Copenhagen and Il Trovatore at the Sferisterio in Macerata. Also Massenet's Thaïs for the opera in Bonn, which opened May 2014 and Mozart's Idomeneo for the Aalto Musik Theater in Essen, in Nov 2014.
Handel's Alcina, created for the opera in Oslo , where it opened in January 2014 was then seen at The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen in February 2015 . Verdi's rare Jerusalem opened in Bonn in 2016 in a sold-out run of performances. 2017 saw a revival of the Macerata Il Trovatore and a new production of Il Trovatore for the opera in Monte Carlo
2018 includes the revival of Salome in Bilbao and Il Trovatore in Copenhagen
2019 will be the year of the revivals of Il Trovatore in Madrid, Jerusalem in Bilbao and the world premier production of Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen in Copenhagen
2020 plans include a revival of Salome in Houston
Francisco Negrin has also devised an innovative series of master classes for singers at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen and loves to teach.
In other media, Francisco Negrin has directed the largest ice show ever: "OperaPop" at the Roman Arena in Verona, Italy, in September 2014. A new version of the show opened in Verona in October 2015. These shows featured pop stars Anastacia, Pharell Williams and Ellie Goulding
The two shows of the 2017 Dubai World Cup at the Meydan hippodrome were a chance for Francisco Negrin to stage a show in a space 1 kilometer wide, with 87 drones and an 100 meter wide LED screen
In 2017 Francisco Negrin also wrote and directed one of the biggest stadium shows ever: the opening of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan. Over 6000 performers participated.
Negrin has been working on show dramaturgy for several other site specific projects and other large commercial events. This has included creating concepts for Balich Worldide Shows, OK GO, Mika, Decca/Universal records, Volkswagen and Audi among others.