Stage Director Chía Patiño is Professor of Opera Studies at the University of Texas in Austin, returning to the United States after ten years of heading the National Theatre in her native country, Ecuador. She holds degrees from the University of Louisville, a master and doctorate from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and an MFA from the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
One of the most creative artists working in theatre and opera today, her background includes directing and composing. She has directed original productions of La Flauta Mágica de los Andes, Les Miserables, Faust, West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Carmen, and Dido & Aeneas, as well as the world premiere of Unicamente la Verdad and Manuela y Bolivar. She has conducted the opera mariachi Cruzar la Cara de la Luna as well as the world premiere of its choral version at Teatro Nacional Sucre. Her recent work as a composer includes incidental music for theatre and the soundtrack of Guadual- Circo de Fibras Naturales, the first contemporary circus in Ecuador that has traveled to Spain, Argentina and Brasil.
Ideas come a mile a minute, and in the middle of this pandemic, her plan to set Tosca in contemporary Latin America, with the tension between revolutionary and conservative forces was prescient: New technologies and new ways of dealing with Social Distancing on-stage will make this Tosca absolutely current and fascinating.