Francesca Zambello

Francesca Zambello(New York, New York)

2018–19 Season: Production, Carmen

A recipient of the San Francisco Opera Medal, Francesca Zambello is an internationally recognized director of opera and theater. Zambello is currently General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival and Artistic Director of Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center. She has also previously served as Artistic Advisor to San Francisco Opera and as Artistic Director of the Skylight Theater. Her recent work on the War Memorial Opera House stage includes Der Ring des Nibelungen, Aida, Luisa Miller, and the world premieres of Heart of a Soldier and Two Women (La Ciociara), in addition to Show Boat and Porgy and Bess. Zambello’s acclaimed production of Carmen originally premiered at London’s Royal Opera, Covent Garden.

Her American directing debut took place at the Houston Grand Opera with Fidelio. She debuted in Europe at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice with Beatrice di Tenda and has since staged new productions at major theaters and opera houses internationally including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Paris Opera, the Bolshoi, Bavarian State Opera, Covent Garden and Australian Opera.

Zambello has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government and the Russian Federation's medal for Service to Culture. Other honors for her work include three Olivier Awards from the Society of London Theatre and two Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical and Best Opera. The French Grand Prix des Critiques was awarded to her twice for her work at the Paris Opera. Other awards include Best Production in Japan, the Palme d'Or in Germany, the Golden Mask in Russia and the Helpmann Award in Australia.