Favorite son of his hometown, Oviedo, he is a Doctor of Philosophy and Letters from the University of Oviedo and studies Musicology at the University of London.
As Stage Director he made his debut in Oviedo in 1980 with Verdi’s “La Traviata”. Ten years later, in 1990, he was appointed Director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, a position he held until the end of 1999. In this theater he made his debut as Stage Director in 1982 with Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale”, which has been followed by more than twenty productions opera and zarzuela. He has been Artistic Director of the Royal Theater of Madrid from 2001 to 2005 and of the Arriaga Theater of Bilbao from 2008 to the end of 2015.
His stage experience ranges from baroque zarzuela to contemporary opera, which he has directed in some of the most prestigious theaters and festivals, both Spanish and foreign: Teatro Comunale in Bologna, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro Comunale de Florence, Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, São Carlos Theater in Lisbon, Théâtre Odeón, Théâtre du Chatelet and Théâtre Marigny de Paris, Opera in Rome, Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera, Philadelphia Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Avenida Theater, Maipo Theater and Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, Municipal Theater in Santiago, Chile, Julio Santo Domingo Theater in Bogotá, Volksoper and Theater An der Wien in Vienna, New Israel Opera in Tel-Aviv, Opera in Manaus, Opera in Geneva, Opera in Saint Gallen, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Opéra de Strasbourg, Opéra de Bordeaux, Opéra de Nice, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulo use, Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Nissei Theater, Bunka Kaikan Theater and New National Theater in Tokyo, Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg, Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts in Nanjing, Arts Festival in Osaka, Festival of Opera in Hong-Kong, Savonlinna Festival in Finland, Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Salzburg Festival, Ravenna Festival, Maestranza Theater in Seville, Campoamor Theater in Oviedo, Arriaga Theater and Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro de la Zarzuela and Teatro Real in Madrid.
In 2006 he received the Teatro Campoamor Lyrical Award for best stage direction for his production of “El Barbero de Sevilla” held in 2005 at the Teatro Real, in 2010 the Award for Best Spanish Artist from the prestigious lyrical magazine “Ópera Actual”. the Argentine Music Critic Award for the best show of the year 2012 for “I Due Figaro” at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
In 2020 the Government of Spain awarded him the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts and received the honorary prize for his career from Opera XXI.
His next commitments will take him to the Royal Opera de Wallonie in Liege, ADDA-Auditorium of the Diputación de Alicante, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, San Francisco Opera, Opera di Roma, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro, Municipal Theater of Santiago de Chile, Euskalduna Palace of Bilbao, Zarzuela Theater, Royal Theater of Madrid and Campoamor Theater of Oviedo.
General Manager: Tartiere Artists
Italia: Melos Opera