J. C. Bach
Théâtre du Capitole · Toulouse · June 2005
Leipzig Opera · Leipzig · April 2005

Francisco's debut in Germany, and the first chance to work with his new Barcelona-based design team. Temistocle is the driest Seria style opera of the ones he has staged to date and those who saw it thought it was his most successful at extracting drama from where there seems to be none. German audiences loved the production's unusual sensuality and elegance, while Toulouse rejected its modern edge. It was a luxury to be able to do the world premiere in modern times of a piece by a Bach, in Leipzig, and more so with Les Talens Lyriques in the pit.

Production Team
Set: Rifail Ajdarpasic and Ariane Isabell Unfried
Costumes: Louis Desiré
Lighting: Michael Röger
Conductor (Les Talens Lyriques): Christophe Rousset

Rickard Söderberg, Ainhoa Garmendia, Marika Schönberg, Cecilia Nanneson, Raffaella Milanesi, Metodie Bujor, Reno Troilus

"The film and opera director Francisco Negrin, making his German debut at the Leipzig Opera disentangled the plot with astonishing plausibility and nuance. He transformed words and music into narrative and feeling through gesture and stagecraft without resorting to mere convention or by imposing 'an interpretation'. The stage production and the musical performances came together perfectly to create a compelling momentum and inner tension."

E. Kohlhaas
Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
13 May 05

"Francisco Negrin, by really concentrating on sensitive, precise and demanding actor's direction, elevates his work to a result brimming with energy, emotion and refinement that magnifies this resurrection of the piece that time had forgotten."

Bertrand Bolognesi
July 2005