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Born in Ecuador, Chía Patiño’s path has been eclectic: she began as a pianist, continued as a composer, and began a parallel path as a stage director in 1998. For ten years she staged Zarzuela, Musical Theatre, Theatre, and Opera for numerous companies in the United States, Arab Emirates, Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia, and Ecuador. In 2009, she became the Artistic and Executive Director of the National Theatre in Ecuador and in 2019 she returned to the USA to join the Butler School of Music as an Associate Professor and the Stage Director for the Butler Opera Center in Austin, TX.

Among her recent opera productions are Tosca, La flauta mágica de los Andes, Faust, Don Giovanni, Transformations, Rusalka, Dido and Aeneas, Carmen, and La Traviata. She has also directed Les Miserables, Spring Awakening, West Side Story, and Sweeney Todd, as well as Luisa Fernanda. She was the music director for Cruzar la cara de la luna, the mariachi opera commissioned and produced by Houston Grand Opera, which she subsequently performed in Paris, San Diego, Phoenix, Fort Worth, El Paso, Chicago, and Houston, as well as the world premiere of the choral version in Quito, Ecuador. Last season, she directed Ñomongeta, the first Guarani opera by Paraguayan composer Diego Sanchez-Haase for Opera Hispánica and The Embassy of Paraguay. Additionally, she directed Don Giovanni for Opera Williamsburg and La tragédie de Carmen for Chautauqua Opera. Current projects include La Traviata for Florida Grand Opera.



"... magnificent..." – BachTrack

Florencia en el Amazonas – “Chía Patiño did a great job as stage director. She and her team managed to pull us into the story through a stage with modules (representing the ship, the river and the jungle), a magnificent light show and the performance of several puppeteers."


“... cleverly devised…” – BachTrack

Orfeo ed Eurydice – “Seattle Opera’s tiny Tagney Jones Hall…saw opening night of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurydice on Wednesday in a cleverly devised, stripped-down production by Chía Patiño, making her company debut."


"... excellent director Chia Patino…” – OperaWire

Tosca– “The excellent director Chia Patino has adapted Tosca in a wonderful way.”


"... magnificent show..." – El Comercio

La Flauta Mágica de los Andes – “A magnificent show that combined fantasy and realism, sonority, and careful silence, stories of gods and mortals with their challenges and compromises.”


Shawn Marie Jeffery

Vice President | Classical & Creatives

Lisa Bremer 

Operations & Finance Manager

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