Argentine director Valentina Carrasco made her Royal Opera debut in 2016 on Oedipe, co-directed with Àlex Ollé and originally produced for La Monnaie, Brussels. In the 2016/17 Season she returned as associate director with Ollé on a new production of Norma for The Royal Opera.
Carrasco was born in Buenos Aires and studied music, dance and literature there. She moved to Paris to work in film and joined La Fura dels Baus in 2000. Her opera work with La Fura dels Baus includes Die Zauberflöte (Teatro Real, Madrid, Paris Opéra), Duke Bluebeard’s Castle/The Diary of One Who Disappeared (Paris, Barcelona, Tokyo, Kobe), Das Rheingold and Die Walküre (Maggio Muiscale, Florence, and Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia), Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise um die Erde with Carlos Padrissa (Vienna Festwochen, Festival d’Automne, Paris, Cologne Philharmonie and Venice Biennale) and Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, also with Padrissa (Teatro Real, Madrid, Bolshoi, Moscow, Athens). She has co-directed with Ollé Le Grand Macabre (English National Opera, Liceu, Barcelona, La Monnaie, Rome Opera, Adelaide Festival); her credits as associate director with Ollé include Francesconi’s Quartett (La Scala, Milan, Holland Festival) and Tristan und Isolde (Opéra de Lyon). Her solo directing credits include Der Ring des Nibelungen (Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires), The Turn of the Screw (Opéra de Lyon), Respighi’s La bella dormente nel bosco (Opéra national du Rhin), Don Giovanni (Perm) and Rihm’s Proserpina (Rome Opera). She choreographed Luc van Hove’s La Strada (Opera Vlaanderen).
Carrasco has also worked on various large-scale multi-media shows including Windows of the City for the Shanghai Universal Exposition, and the plays XXX, Metamorphosis and Matria.
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