About us

OPERA WITHOUT BORDERS is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established with the purpose of bringing opera to those groups that have traditionally been excluded from it, in order to make their conflicts visible through theatrical performance.

We understand opera as a tool for social transformation, not just as an entertainment element accessible to a few. Opera, as an integrative art form where music, dance, theater, and visual arts converge, is the ideal vehicle to place the most disadvantaged groups at the center of creation and thus help them to resolve their conflicts.

Paco Azorín


Recent highlights of his work include Puccini’s Tosca at Madrid’s Teatro Real, featuring Sondra Rodvanovsky and Jonas Kaufmann, La Traviata at the Festival Castell Peralada 2019, Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns at the Festival de Mérida and Teatro de la Maestranza, Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Teatro Comunale di Sassari and Cervantino Festival, Latin America’s biggest music festival, Verdi’s Otello at Festival Castell de Peralada, Maruxa by Amadeo Vives at Teatro de la Zarzuela, and Richard Strauss‘ Salome at the Festival de Mérida. At Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu he directed Una Voce in Off by Xavier Montsalvatge and La Voix humaine by Francis Poulenc (Teatros del Canal and Gran Teatre del Liceu), and Tosca by Giacomo Puccini. He also directed Con los Pies en la Luna, a documentary opera by Antoni Parera Fons, co-produced by the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real de Madrid and Teatro de la Maestranza.

Outside the operatic stage, Paco Azorín has directed Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, at Mérida Classic Theater Festival, Murcia Circus Theater and Metaproduction. In 2003 he created and directed the Santa Susana Shakespeare Festival, where in 2007 he directed the world premiere of Hamlet: The Day of the Murderers by Bernard-Marie Koltès.

One of Europe’s most coveted set designers, Mr. Azorín created more than one hundred fifty sets for opera, theatre, dance and musical, including for Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Centro Dramático Nacional, Teatre Lliure, Teatro Español, Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Festival Barcelona Grec. As a set designer, he regularly works with directors Lluís Pasqual (La casa de Bernarda AlbaHamletThe TempestQuitt and others) and Carme Portaceli (Richard IIAnte la retirementLearPrometheusLa nostra class). He has also worked with directors Mario Gas, Francisco Negrín, Helena Pimenta, Sergi Belbel, Victor Ullate, Ernesto Caballero and Miguel del Arco.

Paco Azorín has received numerous awards, including the Serra d’Or Critics Awards 2004, Armchair 2004, Josep Solbes Award 2005 from the Generalitat Valenciana for best lighting and scenography for Chicken soup with barley and the Arts Award Performances by the Generalitat Valenciana for the best scenography 2008 for Los enredos de Scapin and Butaca 2009 and Prize from the Association of Stage Directors (ADE), both for La casa de Bernarda Alba, produced by the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and Teatro Español de Madrid, as well as the Ceres award for the best set designer of 2013 and Cerino 2018.

Paco Azorín studied scenography and stage direction at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. He is a member of the Spanish Academy of Performing Arts.

Critics have highlighted his interesting aesthetic contribution, as well as the variety of genres and formats through which he has been able to draw a clearly personal line.

Carlos Martos


Graduated from RESAD, he has worked in numerous shows and has developed his activity in theaters and public festivals, such as the National Dramatic Center, the National Company of Classical Theatre and the International Festival of Merida and in the most important theaters and opera festivals in Spain: Teatro Real, Liceu, Zarzuela, Maestranza, Les Arts, Campoamor, Perelada, Mérida, etc.

Since 2013 he has been working as choreographer and movement director for Paco Azorín in the productions of Salome, La voix humaine ,Otello, La Traviata, María Moliner, Maruxa, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Samson et Dalila, The Monster in the maze, among others.

He also collaborates with Mario Gas in Turandot and in La Tabernera del Puerto. And he has worked on Don Giovanni directed by Kasper Holten for the Liceu in co-production with Covent Garden.

In 2018 he makes his directorial debut with the lyric drama The Lucerne Clock for the Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca.

Among the projects for this year as movement director are, among others; a Don Giovanni for the Teatro Bicentenario de León, Mexico. The Monster in the maze, Liceu. La tragedia florentina and La voix humaine, Abao. Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein for Les Arts, María Moliner, Campoamor, The Magic Opal for the Teatro de la Zarzuela and Holst’s Planets with the OSRM.

Gabriel García


Focused at the labor level in the field of leadership, productivity and resource utilization. Gabriel Garcia in 2005 became part of the management team of Mercadona SA, where for 10 years, he worked as Plant Coordinator of several centers acquiring knowledge of leadership and business management.

He shows his special interest towards volunteering, especially in his stage from 2015 until the end of 2018 in Havana, where he shared his business knowledge with private businesses in the Cuban capital and collaborated with the Embassy of Mexico in the “Eco concert” of Armando Manzanero; which brought together more than a million people in the Havana Malecon in July 2018.

From 2019 to the present he is director of the Departments of Expansion and Maintenance, HR and RREE, Workshop and Shop (R+D+I) and Prescription, of The Company “Energy Conservation and Recovery” (ENCORE). With the ultimate goal of reducing the environmental impact generated by waste lead-acid batteries in the environment, giving them a new life.


David Almenara

communications Manager

Born in Madrid in the 80’s, he always had a clear vocation for audiovisuals.

He studied advertising art at the C.E.N.P. and worked for more than 10 years in the world of advertising, playing different roles in various agencies, from small ones like Arroba, where he played the role of Web Graphic Designer, to international ones like Tapsa, where he participated in the interactive department as a creative.

He currently works as Communications Manager at the NGO, Opera sin fronteras.


Laura Barrado Vaquerizo


His formative and professional career in France, Spain and Brazil encompasses various artistic practices to focus on theatrical pedagogy, applied theatre and cultural management.

Graduate Social Assistant (Madrid, 2002), her life thrives in socio-cultural, artistic and educational fields. Beyonde her many performances as an actress and singer, her works in artistic direction as well as in the design, the creation and development of different models of artistic mediation and other formats of Applied Theatre for public and private organizations is worth highlighting ; she maintains an artistic approach as the basis of human development.

Additionally, she works as an interpreter and production and logistics assistant for the company Les Anachoniques, the World Social Forum of Migrations in Madrid (2008), the festivals of Cinespaña and Cine Latino in Toulouse. All this with the intention of contributing to individual emancipation and collective advancement for social evolution, in order to develop our ability to enjoy life.

Pedro Chamizo

Community manager

Pedro Chamizo (Merida 1983) holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Kent at Canterbury, specializing in acting and directing. He works as a video creator, stage director, lighting designer, graphic designer, and producer.

For his entrepreneurial ability, he was awarded the Ceres Youth Prize of the Mérida Festival.

As a stage director, his most outstanding project is the free version of Hansel & Gretel created for ABAO Opera in Bilbao. In recent years, he has designed the stage setups for the OCNE along with maestro David Afkham at the National Auditorium, among which stand out: Tristan und Isolde by R. Wagner, St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach, and Bluebeard’s Castle by B. Bartók. He is the stage director for Diana Navarro’s latest works, Unexpected and Resilience.

As a video creator for opera, he regularly collaborates with Paco Azorín, Miguel del Arco, or Davide Libermore. His work stands out in titles such as La Traviata, Samson et Dalila, María Moliner by A. Parera Fons, Don Giovanni, Otello, La voix humaine, Salomé, Fuenteovejuna by J. Muñiz, or Luisa Fernanda. With Stefan Herheim, he collaborated on the lighting design for La Cenerentola at the Teatro Real and Copenhagen Opera House, and Tristan und Isolde directed by Justin Way.

In theater, his video creations stood out in productions by Ernesto Caballero in Mythological Comedies, The Cherry Orchard, and The Author of Las Meninas. The Queen Lear directed by Natalia Menéndez and alongside Miguel del Arco in Richard III and From Federico to Lorca. Escuadra hacia la muerte and Julius Caesar directed by Paco Azorín. Nobody Will See This Video directed by Carme Portaceli.

With the National Dance Company, he designed the lighting and video for Giselle directed and choreographed by Joaquín de Luz.

He regularly works in the most relevant theaters and festivals of the National and International scene such as the Teatro Real, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Arriaga, National Drama Center, Teatro Español, Opera of Avignon, Copenhagen Opera House, Castell de Perelada Festival or Mérida Festival, among others.

Critics have highlighted his dramaturgical, aesthetic, and creative ability.

Judit Vicente Martínez

resource management

Doctoral candidate, holding a degree in Audiovisual Communication; qualified in production and management for live performance at the Center for Show Technology.

Currently, she develops her professional career in live experiences within the context of cultural heritage; a position she attained after having worked at Naves Matadero, Teatro Español, Circo Price, Conde Duque Contemporary Culture Center, Teatro de la Zarzuela and María Guerrero, Teatro de la Abadía, and Teatros del Canal.

Among her roles as a manager, technical director, and stage manager on tour, notable projects include Julio César, directed by Paco Azorín; her trajectory in opera and zarzuela with companies like Dolores Font and Escena Lírica, as well as in dance, leading the execution of galas on significant stages and with companies such as Spanish Dance Tiempo al Tiempo and Davinia Fillol.

She serves as a technical advisor, artistic direction coordinator, and infrastructural production with national and international companies in various productions.

She perseveres in the research of the dimensions of cultural and natural heritage, also, in the enrichment of present-day creativity.