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Francisco Negrin’s forthcoming productions can be seen at the Den Norske Opera (Alcina in co-production with Royal Danish Opera), Opernhaus Bonn (Thaïs) and Aalto-Musiktheater Essen (Idomeneo).

He has directed over 40 major productions over the past twenty years at theatres including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Royal Danish Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, as well as at the Santa Fe Festival and at New York City Opera. 

Many of his productions are available on DVD including Handel's Giulio Cesare from both the Royal Danish Opera and Opera Australia; Partenope from Copenhagen; Norma and L'arbore di Diana from Barcelona and I puritani from Amsterdam.

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"Cheers and applause for Il Trovatore.’ (Corriere Adriatico, July 2013)

"Even in a timeless setting, the director Franciso Negrin manages to emphasize the gloomy and dark atmosphere that contains the story." (Cronache Maceratesi, July 2013)

“In his whimsical and moving new production for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the director Francisco Negrin takes Rinaldo far from the realm of Muslim-Christian conflict. Rinaldo was primarily meant to dazzle audiences. This Lyric Opera production does just that.” (The New York Times, March 2012)

"In his compelling debut assignment for the company, Francisco Negrin seeks a timeless universality and psychological complexity in the relationship between the tortured Werther and the conventionally married Charlotte that might escape more casual observers." (Financial Times, September 2010)

"Charlotte's imagination, conversely, comes to the fore in the third and fourth acts, in Negrin's most audacious and vivid directorial stroke. What Massenet wrote as a climactic encounter between Werther and Charlotte, at a time when any hope for their mutual happiness has long since passed, Negrin stages as Charlotte's dream." (San Francisco Chronicle, September 2010)

"With this new production, Director Francisco Negrin incrementally cranks up the tension in his company debut....Negrin builds the action smartly, and Werther suddenly makes clear sense." (Mercury News, September 2010)