Calixto Bieito Director
Season 22/23 Artist

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Born in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos) Calixto Bieito was director of the Teatre Romea in Barcelona, of the the International Arts Festival of Castilla y León and the Barcelona International Teatre (BIT). From 2013 to 2015, he was resident artist at the Theatre Basel. Since 2017, he is artistic director of the Bilbao Teatro Arriaga. Since the 2000s, he has been focusing mainly on operatic stage direction, even though he is still working for the theatre. With Carmen, at the Peralada Festival, Così fan tutte at the Welsh National Opera, A masked ball at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the Salzburg Festival, Don Giovanni at the English National Opera and Il Seraglio at the Komische Oper in Berlin he became one of the most controversial directors of his generation, but also one of the most fascinating. He recently directed Die Soldaten, by Zimmermann (Zurich, Berlin, Madrid), Wilde, by Hèctor Parra at the Schwetzingen Festival, Tannhäuser at the Flemish Opera, The Fairy Queen in Stuttgart, Lear, Carmen and Simon Boccanegra at the Paris Opera, La Juive at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Tosca in Oslo, The Power of Fate at the English National Opera, Oresteia by Xenakis in Basel, The Fiery Angel in Zurich, The Trojans in Nuremberg, Die Gezeichneten by Schreker at the Komische Oper, Verdi’s Requiem at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Moses and Aaron and Le Grand Macabre at the Dresden Semperoper, Elias at the Theater an der Wien, Hèctor Parra’s creation The Kindly Ones at the Flemish Opera, and Mendi Mendiyan by José María Usandizaga at the Teatro Arriaga. Among the many awards he received during his career, we could name The European Awards of the European Cultural Foundation (Basel, 2009), the Barcelona City Awards, The award Premio Franco Abbiati della critica musicale italiana, the Spanish Critics Award (that he won several times), the Dublin Irish Times Awards for Comédies barbares, the South Bank’s Opera Award for The Power of Fate, the Best Performance Critics Award for Obabakoak, the Premios Liricos Campoamor for Best Director (several times), the Spanish Award for Best Theatre Direction…

Currently in

  • Opéra Bastille
  • from 15 November 2022 to 25 February 2023

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