Francisco Negrin is making his HGO debut. He is a Barcelona-based, award-winning stage director who has worked with many of the major opera companies and festivals of Europe, America, and Australia, in addition to major events, film, popular music, and other media. Negrin 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. His opera work includes Handel’s Orlando for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Salome in Valencia; Fidelio and Arabella at De Vlaamse Opera; Mitridate, Norma, Schoek’s Venus, and Ginastera’s Beatrix Cenci for the Grand Théâtre de Genèv; La clemenza di Tito at Gran Teatre del Liceu; Die lustige Witwe in Leipzig; Idomeneo at the Aalto-Musiktheater, Essen; and Orphée at Royal Opera’s Linbury Theatre; among many other acclaimed productions. On the stages of the Royal Danish Opera he has presented The Cunning Little Vixen, Partenope, Giulio Cesare, Alcina, and the world premieres of both Poul Ruder’s The Trial and Hans Abrahamsen’s The Snow Queen. Engagements in North America include Handel’s Rinaldo at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; Werther in both San Francisco and Chicago; Agrippina and Alceste at the Santa Fe Festival; and Don Giovanni for both Glimmerglass and New York City Opera. Opera productions in the 2021-22 season included Il trovatore at LA Opera and a new staging of Nabucco at Oper im Steinbruch St. Margarethen.