Calixto Bieito, Direction

Portrait von Calixto Bieito

Calixto Bieito

​Calixto Bieito, born in Miranda de Ebro (Spain), is living in Basle. He studied Spanish literature and art history at Barcelona’s University, stage direction at the Theatre Institute of the Disputació Barcelona and Performance at the Escuela de Arte Dramático in Tarragona.

His artistic profile is rooted in his early work. He directed the Teatre Romea in Barcelona for ten years, organised the Festival Internacional de las Artes de Castilla y León in Salamanca and created the Barcelona Internacional Teatre (bit), a worldwide forum for projects of artists and theatres. Schönberg’s Pierrot lunaire was his first work for the musical theatre, succeeded by the zarzuela La verbena de la Paloma at the Teatro Tivoli and Carmen at the Festival in Peralada.

Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Salzburg 2001, Hamlet in Edinburgh 2002 and several stagings in Hanover were followed by a highly controversial production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Berlin’s Komische Oper in 2004. These productions established his fame and notoriety as one of Europe’s foremost directors rapidly, hailed and hated with zeal and ardor.

In drama as much as in opera it is a spirit of uncompromising contemporaneity that marks Calixto Bieito’s theatrical approach. Visions of high tension and energy lead to the center of drama and conflicts directly. Berlin’s Entführung was kept in the repertoire until 2018, but his years of Sturm und Drang were long gone by then. His artistic interests were always as manifold as their realization. Contemporary authors move more and more into the center of his work. Jonathan Little and Karl Ove Knausgård were in the focus of creations in Bergen and Antwerp recently.

Calixto Bieito has directed many works of the operatic canon, from L’incoronazione di Poppea (Zurich) and The Fairy Queen (Stuttgart) to Carmen and The Force of Destiny (at London’s ENO), but it’s the milestones of the twentieth century, Schoenberg’s Moses and Aron (Dresden) and Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (Zurich/Berlin/Madrid) that lead us to contemporary masters, Aribert Reimann’s Lear (Paris/Florence) or Héctor Parra’s Les Bienveillantes (Antwerp).

Guiding us far beyond the operatic masterpieces, Calixto Bieito has staged several works of religious music over the last years, a remarkable statement, with more to come: Britten’s War Requiem (Basle/Hamburg/Oslo), Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (Hamburg), Gesualdo’s Madrigals (Hamburg), J.S.Bach’s St. John’s Passion (Bilbao), Monteverdi’s Vespro delle Beata Vergine (Mannheim) and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elias (Vienna).

Calixto Bieito was honored by the Kulturstiftung Pro Europa in Basle with the European Culture Award in 2009. He received prizes in Dublin, Edinburgh, Munich, London and Bilbao, Italy’s Premio Franco Abbiati and won many Spanish awards, amongst them the Premio Ciudad de Barcelona, Premios Líricos Campoamor, Premios Opera XXI and Premios Ópera Actual.

Calixto Bieito has been the artistic director of Bilbao’s Teatro Arriaga since 2017. His rediscovery of two Basque composers highlighted the first seasons. He directed Arriaga’s Los esclavos felices and Usandizaga’s Mendi-Mendyan.

Calixto Bieito and his team are presently staging Wagner’s tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Opéra de Paris. The complete cycle is to be premiered in November 2020.


​Moses und Aron

​Elias

​Elias

​L'incoronazione di Poppea, Opernhaus Zürich

Calixto Bieito’s Calendar

January 2023

28.01.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

28.01.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

28.01.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

31.01.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

February 2023

01.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

01.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

02.02.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

03.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

03.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

04.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

05.02.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto / Nationale Opera, Amsterdam

05.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

08.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

09.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

09.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

11.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

12.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

12.02.2023 / Sergei Prokofiev: Krieg und Frieden / Magyar Allami Operahaz Budapest

14.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

15.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

17.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

20.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

20.02.2023 / Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Wiener Staatsoper

22.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

22.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

23.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

23.02.2023 / Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Wiener Staatsoper

24.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / English National Opera, London

25.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Opéra National de Paris

25.02.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

26.02.2023 / Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde / Wiener Staatsoper

March 2023

01.03.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

03.03.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

05.03.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

09.03.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

12.03.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Ungarische Staatsoper Budapest

18.03.2023 / John Kander, Fred Ebb: Cabaret / Staatstheater Stuttgart

April 2023

11.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff / Staatsoper Hamburg

14.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff / Staatsoper Hamburg

16.04.2023 / Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff / Staatsoper Hamburg

19.04.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Wiener Staatsoper

22.04.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Wiener Staatsoper

25.04.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Wiener Staatsoper

28.04.2023 / Georges Bizet: Carmen / Wiener Staatsoper

30.04.2023 / Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk / Grand Théâtre de Genève

May 2023

02.05.2023 / Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk / Grand Théâtre de Genève

04.05.2023 / Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk / Grand Théâtre de Genève

04.05.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

06.05.2023 / Gustav Mahler: Von der Liebe Tod / Wiener Staatsoper

07.05.2023 / Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk / Grand Théâtre de Genève

07.05.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

08.05.2023 / Gustav Mahler: Von der Liebe Tod / Wiener Staatsoper

09.05.2023 / Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk / Grand Théâtre de Genève

10.05.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

11.05.2023 / Gustav Mahler: Von der Liebe Tod / Wiener Staatsoper

14.05.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

16.05.2023 / Gustav Mahler: Von der Liebe Tod / Wiener Staatsoper

June 2023

09.06.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

12.06.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

15.06.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

20.06.2023 / Hector Parra: Orgia, Calixto Bieito: Orgia / Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao

21.06.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

24.06.2023 / Giacomo Puccini: Tosca / Den Norske Opera, Oslo

24.06.2023 / Hector Parra: Orgia, Calixto Bieito: Orgia / Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao

July 2023

04.07.2023 / Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunow / Bayerische Staatsoper München

06.07.2023 / Modest Mussorgsky: Boris Godunow / Bayerische Staatsoper München

09.07.2023 / Georg Friedrich Händel: La Resurrezione / Nationaltheater Mannheim, Schwetzingen

10.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

12.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

14.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

17.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

19.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

21.07.2023 / Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea / Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona