James Robinson makes his Seattle Opera directing debut with these performances of Carmen. Robinson’s work has been seen at the Royal Swedish Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Ireland, and in many opera houses across the U.S. and Canada. His New York City Opera production of Puccini’s Bohème was aired on Live from Lincoln Center in 2001, and his production of Puccini’s Turandot, which originated at Minnesota Opera, has been presented at more than twenty-five theaters. Last season, Robinson opened New York City Opera’s season with a production of Puccini’s Trittico. Other credits include Rossini’s Viaggio a Rheims for New York City Opera, Bellini’s Norma and R. Strauss’s Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress for Santa Fe Opera, George Antheil’s Transatlantic for Minnesota Opera, and Handel’s Radamisto and Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Fire for Opera Theatre of St. Louis. In October 2004, Robinson directs the world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Salsipuedes for Houston Grand Opera, where his credits include new productions of Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Mozart’s Entführung aus dem Serail . Other upcoming projects for Robinson include John Adam’s Nixon in China in St. Louis, Norma in San Francisco, and Verdi’s Traviata at Opera Colorado, where he serves as artistic director.