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Javier López Piñón
Born in Barcelona, lives in Holland, where he graduated in stage-direction at the Amsterdam Theatre School. He has staged both opera and spoken theatre with the major companies and festivals in Holland and abroad (France, UK, Germany, Italy, early music festivals of Utrecht, San Antonio-Texas, Ambronay, St Petersburg a.o.) and he has collaborated with conductors like Kenneth Montgomery (a.o. Cosí fan tutte, L'Elisir d'amore and Trovatore for Opera Northern Ireland) and William Christie (M.A. Charpentier / David & Jonathas, Lully / Thésée, Campra / L'Europe Galante) and Richard Eagarr (Alcina). Also, he is actively involved in the creation of new opera works and has staged a number of world premières of new works by young Dutch and foreign composers. As a specialist in 17th and 18th-century acting techniques, he gives masterclasses at the Amsterdam Drama School, the Utrecht Early Music Festival and with Dutch theatre companies. He teaches at both the Dutch National Opera Academy (the opera department of the Royal Conservatoire and the Amsterdam Conservatoire) and the Theatre School in Amsterdam. Since 1999 he has established intensive contacts with colleagues in West and South Africa. In 2005, he has directed at the Ecole Internationale de Théâtre du Bénin in Cotonou Madame Paradji, with a libretto by José Pliya and music by Angélique Kidjo. Recently, he staged epic drama based on Ramayana (2009)and Soundjata (2010) in the municipal park in Hollands capital using a range of actors, musicians, dancers, puppeteers and visual artists.