Francesca Zambello - Director
"Under Ms. Zambello, it appears that nothing is going to be routine."
- Wall Street Journal -

Meet Francesca Zambello

Storyteller. Changemaker. Empowered Leader.

Francesca Zambello is an internationally recognized director of opera and theater and a leading light in the arts who has made an indelible mark around the world. Her home is New York City but her work has graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Covent Garden, the Munich Staatsoper, Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and English National Opera.


Take a glance at Francesca’s greatest accomplishments.



From May 6, 2023
La Traviata at Seattle Opera

Francesca Zambello’s “stunning new 4-star production” (DC Theatre Scene) features a grand set design and elaborate turn-of-the-century Paris costumes by Tony Award®–winning designer Jess Goldstein. From the famous brindisi drinking song to the heart-wrenching “Addio del passato” aria, La traviata spins an impressive outpouring of melody to convey Violetta’s unforgettable plight.

From June 2, 2023
West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric’s larger-than-life new production and company premiere of West Side Story took Chicago by storm with sold-out performances. With the lush sound of the Lyric Orchestra playing the original orchestrations and a cast that was called “expansive” by the Chicago Tribune, seeing a Broadway classic this way is a rare treat.

Mozart’s Idomeneo

Tickets will go on sale in April. MOZART: Idomeneo, re di Creta, K. 366 FEATURED CONDUCTOR & ARTISTS Robert Spano, Music Director Matthew Polenzani, Tenor Francesca Zambello, Director Alan Fletcher,…

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Production images: The Sound of Music

The image gallery from this past summer's production of The Sound of…

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Greetings from D.C., K.C. and…Messina

Throughout the fall, I’ve been traveling between New York (both the City…

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