Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello began her long association with the Company in 1983 as assistant stage director for Ariadne auf Naxos and has since been involved in nearly twenty productions here, including La Traviata, La Voix Humaine, La Bohème, Prince Igor, Jenůfa, the West Coast premiere of Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, Porgy and Bess, a new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in 2011, and the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. She currently serves as general and artistic director of Glimmerglass Opera and artistic director of Washington National Opera, and her work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera; Milan’s Teatro alla Scala; the Bolshoi; the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Munich’s Bavarian State Opera; the Paris Opera; New York City Opera; Washington National Opera; Lyric Opera of Chicago; and English National Opera, among others. She has staged plays and musicals on Broadway and at the Royal National Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Vienna's Raimund Theater, Disneyland, Berlin's Theater des Westens, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French government and the Russian Federation's medal for service to culture, three Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, two French Grand Prix des Critiques, the Helpmann Award, the Green Room Award, the Palme d’Or in Germany, and the Golden Mask in Russia. She began her directing career as the artistic director of the Skylight Opera Theatre and as an assistant director to the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. She is an adjunct professor at Yale.