Stage Director, Costume and Set Designer
Acclaimed for his spectacular scenery sets as well as for his special way to use the lights Hugo de Ana is a regular guest at World’s most prestigious opera houses.
His career started as Technical Director and Executive Producer at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, staging operas such as Turandot, Werther, Don Carlo, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Medea and The Rake’s Progress. Then he moved to Santiago de Chile where he staged Roméo et Juliette, Lucrezia Borgia, Don Carlo e Les contes d'Hoffmann receiving for three consecutive years the critics' price as the best director. Soon he started his collaboration with Teatro de la Zarzuela, in Madrid, and the Liceu Opera Theatre in Barcelona, where he signed works such as Armida, Andrea Chénier, Die Walküre, La Bohème, Ermione, and Otello. He made his Italian debut in 1990 staging Mosè in Egitto in Bologna. Since that moment he started to collaborate with the most important Italian theatres: Teatro La Scala in Milan (Lucrezia Borgia, Samson et Dalila, La forza del destino and Il Trovatore), Teatro Regio in Turin (Manon Lescaut), Teatro San Carlo in Naples (Mosè in Egitto), Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (Ermione, Werther, Respigi’s Marie Victoire, La Fiamma, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mascagni’s Iris), Arena di Verona (Nabucco, Les contes d’Hoffman), Rossini Opera Festival (Semiramide), Teatro la Fenice in Venice (Carmen), as well as the theatres of Genoa, Catania and Parma.
He staged La Sonnambula at Santander’s International Festival during the summer 2007.
He worked also with the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Don Carlo), the Covent Garden in London (Lucrezia Borgia, Don Carlo), Seville Opera House (Aida), Tel Aviv Opera house (Tosca). He signed also, amongst the others, productions as: Le Cid in Seville and Washington, Simon Boccanegra in Parma, Turandot, L´elisir d´amore and Norma in Tokio.
Hugo de Ana has recently directed Gounod’s Faust at the Teatro Regio in Parma, completing the Faust opera cycle also including Berlioz's La damnation de Faust and Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust.
During 2008 and 2009, he made a number of new productions: La Favorita in Chile, Medea in Turin, Aida in Padoa, Traviata in Maribor. His latest work has been Lehár's La Vedova Allegra in Padoa. He gained great success directing Senso for the opening night season 2011 at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. In the next future he will direct: La Traviata and Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Arena in Verona; Attila at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
Born in Buenos Aires, Hugo de Ana graduated at Ernesto de la Corcova Arts School as professor in visual arts and custom design for TV and cinema. Right after graduation, he lectured at the Universidad de la Plata.
In 1997, he was awarded the Abbiati Prize, for his stage direction of Iris, Turandot and Les contes d’Hoffman as well as in 2001 thanks his Stage Direction of Don Carlo at the Teatro Real in Madrid as the best stage direction, scenography and costume design.
In 2002 he won the Opera Award for La forza del destino and two years later for Gounod’s Faust.