François Racine has recreated Robert Lepage’s staging for this production of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung at the Hong Kong Arts and Melbourne festivals, and in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Cincinnati, Quebec, and Montreal, since the production’s inception at Canadian Opera Company in 1993. Racine is a regular guest professor at the Conservatory of Music of Montreal, and at McGill University where he has directed many productions, including the acclaimed Canadian production of Harry Somers’ Louis Riel. Racine has staged productions for all of the major opera companies in Canada, where his credits have included Verdi’s Macbeth at Opéra de Montréal, and the Canadian Opera Company’s productions of Verdi’s Traviata and Bizet’s Carmen. He is an award-winning playwright and also the founder and artistic director of Montreal Opera Lab, an acting training center for opera singers. Racine makes his Seattle Opera debut with Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung.