Rafael Rodríguez Villalobos, 2019 FPdGi Arts and Literature Award

The winner was chosen for “his ability to create deeply appealing visual universes and his vision of opera as a tool for social construction”.

Rafael Rodríguez Villalobos, theatre director born in Seville in 1987, graduated in Dramatic Arts from the Royal School for Dramatic Arts in Madrid and went on to postgraduate studies in music as interdisciplinary art at the University of Barcelona and ESMUC. His work in Italy, Germany, Hungary and the UK has won him recognition with multiple awards, such as Opera Europa’s European Opera-Directing Prize and a finalist position in the Independent Opera London Awards in 2014.

During the 2015-16 season he was an artist-in-residence at the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. He has worked with artists such as Salvatore Sciarrino, David Arkham and the Quiroga Quartet. His most recent projects include a staging of Orfeo ed Euridiceby Gluck at Jerez de la Frontera’s Villamarta Theatre and a beautiful production of Acis and Galateaby Handel at the 2018 Castell de Peralada Festival. Last November he presented the operas Der Diktatorby Ernst Krenek and The Emperor of Atlantisby Viktor Ullmann at the Maestranza Theatre in Seville.

 

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