Rafael R. Villalobos

General Management
Winner of the 2019 Princess of Girona Foundation Arts and Literature Award and of the 2013 Opera Europa – Camerata Nuova Europäischer Opernregie-Preis, Rafael R. Villalobos is quickly gaining international recognition as one of the most interesting young stage directors to come out of Spain. He was a finalist in the Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells Director Fellowship competition, an artist-in-residence at the Academy of Spain in Rome, nominated for the Best Young Director at the 2016 International Opera Awards in London and a Semi-Finalist in the 9th Ring Award in Graz.

Future productions include Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera at the Palau de les Arts Valencia as well as productions at Teatro Real Madrid, Vlaamse Opera, Oper Köln and at Göteborgsoperan.

Most recent engagements include Tosca (La Monnaie in co-operation w Gran Teatre del Liceu, Opéra national de Montpellier, Teatro de La Maestranza Sevilla), José de Nebras’ La Violación de Lucrecia (Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid), Philip Glass´ Orphée (Teatro Real in co-operation w Teatros del Canal in Madrid), Vicente Martin y Soler´s L´Arbore di Diana (Theater an der Wien), scenes from Donizetti’s Tudor Trilogy (Gran Teatre del Liceu), Handel´s Orlando (Festival Castell de Peralada), Il barbiere di Siviglia  (Opéra national de Montpellier), Così fan tutte (Teatro de la Maestranza Seville) and Germán Alonso´s Marie (Teatro Real). Furthermore, he has produced Acis and Galetea (Festival Castell de Peralada), Dido and Aeneas (Teatro Real), Elektra (Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid), Sciarrino´s Superflumina (Teatro Massimo), Hänsel und Gretel (Hungarian State Opera), Krenek´s Der Diktator (Teatro de la Maestranza), Orphée et Eurydice (Teatro Villamarta) and a critically acclaimed staged version of Britten´s Noye’s Fludde (Wiesbaden).More