biography

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 and as one of the leading creative directors of massive shows and events.

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, or the opening ceremony of the Panamerican Games in Lima, 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 culture, text or music he is interpreting, refracted through a thoroughly modern but elegant sensibility that changes style to suit and enhance the subject rather than impose on it, and a strongly visual and kinetic approach often described by the press as "cinematic". He is admired by singers , conductors, crews and producers alike as a director who deeply understands the envirnment he is working in and collaborates with the whole team to achieve better dramaturgy.

His work has especially had an impact on changing audiences' perception of "difficult" or unknown pieces as well as new work. He directed the world premieres of Poul Ruder's The Trial, and Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen in Copenhagen and James Macmillan's Tourist Variations and Vistitatio Sepulchri at the Edinburgh Festival.

Negrin has a special skill for directing site-specific events and using dance , new technologies and different media in truly dramatic ways. For example, his second production of Philip Glass' Orphée was a chance for a very spectacular use of the Linbury theatre at the Royal Opera and his Mitridate was staged for the Alhambra in Granada. His The Cunning Little Vixen in Copenhagen was the first opera production to take place in a fully video mapped moving three dimentional space. The Snow Queen was the first opera production to use LED pixel mapping in its story telling.

Francisco Negrin has directed over 70 major opera 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, La Clemenza di Tito at the Liceo in Barcelona and Leipzig, The Merry Widow in Leipzig. Debut in Italy was Leonore in Bologna, and in Germany J.C. Bach's Temistocle in Leipzig, which has also been seen in Toulouse.  Other 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, plus Il Trovatore at the Sferisterio in Macerata. Also Massenet's Thaïs for the opera in Bonn, and Mozart's Idomeneo for the Aalto Musik Theater in Essen.

Handel's Alcina, created for the opera in Oslo, 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 included the revival of Salome in Bilbao and Il Trovatore in Copenhagen

2019 brings revivals of Il Trovatore in Madrid (which was seen live on screens in cities and towns all over Spain), Jerusalem in Bilbao and the world premiere production of Hans Abrahamsen's The Snow Queen in Copenhagen

2020 plans include a revival of Salome in Houston

Many of Negrin's 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.

Giulio Cesare for the Australian Opera won five separate Australian Green Room Awards, including that for Best Director and Best Production. The newer Cesare for the Royal Danish Opera 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


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 Dubai Negrin also directed the inauguration of the UAE Union musem and was creative supervisor for the "Mother of the Nation" show.

In 2017 he 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.
In 2019 Francisco wrote and directed the opening ceremony of the PanAmerican games in Lima, Peru, as well as being the creative supervisor and co author of the the closing and of the para ceremonies as well.

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.


Francisco Negrin has also devised an innovative series of master classes for singers at the Opera Academy in Copenhagen and gives talks and master classes about his work.

Francisco Negrin