„Paco Azorín, the rising star among stage directors, made Verdi‘s Otello breathe Shakespeare in every sense“ (La Vanguardia): International stage director and set designer Paco Azorín is critically acclaimed for the in-depth musical understanding, aesthetic quality and psychological intelligence of his works.
Recent highlights of his work include Puccini’s Tosca at Madrid’s Teatro Real, featuring Sondra Rodvanovsky and Jonas Kaufmann, La Traviata at the Festival Castell Peralada 2019, Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns at the Festival de Mérida and Teatro de la Maestranza, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Teatro Comunale di Sassari and Cervantino Festival, Latin America’s biggest music festival, Verdi’s Otello at Festival Castell de Peralada, Maruxa by Amadeo Vives at Teatro de la Zarzuela, and Richard Strauss‘ Salome at the Festival de Mérida. At Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu he directed Una Voce in Off by Xavier Montsalvatge and La Voix humaine by Francis Poulenc (Teatros del Canal and Gran Teatre del Liceu), and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. He also directed Con los Pies en la Luna, a documentary opera by Antoni Parera Fons, co-produced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real de Madrid and Teatro de la Maestranza.
Outside the operatic stage, Paco Azorín has directed Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, at Mérida Classic Theater Festival, Murcia Circus Theater and Metaproduction. In 2003 he created and directed the Santa Susana Shakespeare Festival, where in 2007 he directed the world premiere of Hamlet: The Day of the Murderers by Bernard-Marie Koltès.
One of Europe’s most coveted set designers, Mr. Azorín created more than one hundred fifty sets for opera, theatre, dance and musical, including for Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Centro Dramático Nacional, Teatre Lliure, Teatro Español, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Festival Barcelona Grec. As a set designer, he regularly works with directors Lluís Pasqual (La casa de Bernarda Alba, Hamlet, The Tempest, Quitt and others) and Carme Portaceli (Richard II, Ante la retirement, Lear, Prometheus, La nostra class). He has also worked with directors Mario Gas, Francisco Negrín, Helena Pimenta, Sergi Belbel, Victor Ullate, Ernesto Caballero and Miguel del Arco.
Paco Azorín has received numerous awards, including the Serra d’Or Critics Awards 2004, Armchair 2004, Josep Solbes Award 2005 from the Generalitat Valenciana for best lighting and scenography for Chicken soup with barley and the Arts Award Performances by the Generalitat Valenciana for the best scenography 2008 for Los enredos de Scapin and Butaca 2009 and Prize from the Association of Stage Directors (ADE), both for La casa de Bernarda Alba, produced by the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Teatro Español de Madrid, as well as the Ceres award for the best set designer of 2013 and Cerino 2018.
Paco Azorín studied scenography and stage direction at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. He is a member of the Spanish Academy of Performing Arts.