Spanish director Emilio Sagi made his San Francisco Opera debut with his production of Don Carlo in 1998, which he returned to direct in 2003, as well as Otello in 2002 and Il Barbiere di Siviglia in 2013. Former artistic director of Madrid’s Teatro Real (2001–05), he was previously director (1990–99) of Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela, the house in which he made his 1982 debut with his acclaimed staging of Don Pasquale. In 2008 he was named artistic director of the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. In addition to staging both operas and zarzuelas at the major theaters and festivals in his native Spain, Sagi has expanded his career to direct productions for leading companies and festivals internationally, including Los Angeles Opera; Bologna’s Teatro Comunale; the Teatro la Fenice in Venice; Rome Opera; Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Strasbourg Opera; Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu; Monte Carlo Opera; Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile; Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; and Washington National Opera, the Salzburg Festival, and Tokyo’s New National Opera. Recent engagements include L’Italiana in Algeri in Liège, La Fille du Régiment at San Diego and Seattle Opera, Carmen in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, La Bohème in Bilbao, and Linda di Chamounix in Barcelona, among others.